While every Texas A&M University student strives to exemplify the Aggie core value of excellence, this goal is equally important for the university’s faculty and researchers. By providing quality education and performing groundbreaking research, Texas A&M faculty members continue to attract and impact high-achieving students and earn Aggieland national and global recognition, such as its place in the top 4% of universities worldwide according to the Center for World University Rankings.
Texas A&M continues to foster the excellence of its faculty and researchers by providing financial support through chairs, professorships and fellowships. The most prestigious of the three, a chair is an academic position for top professors that provides an annual income for research, travel and graduate assistant salaries. A chair, which bears the name of its donor and becomes part of the holder’s title, can be endowed with a $1 million gift.
Similarly, a professorship supports outstanding professors, provides income for research and travel costs, and bears the name of its donor. However, the cost of endowing a professorship is lower at $300,000-$500,000.
With the opportunity to support faculty members or graduate students, a fellowship is the most versatile of the three. Faculty fellowships, which are endowed with a $150,000 gift, support outstanding faculty members. A $25,000 gift can endow a graduate fellowship that encourages students to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree and assists with research costs and other expenses.
No matter the method, chairs, professorships and fellowships all attract and support top scholars and researchers at Texas A&M. The following scholars hold awards funded from the estates of donors who ensured that their legacies advance the continued growth and success of the university and its students through award-winning research and teaching.
Meet Aggieland’s Superstar Scholars