o be selected as one of the institute’s faculty fellows, scholars must have achieved first-rate accomplishments that fit with the university’s strategic academic plans and have exceptional records of mentoring young colleagues.
While Hagler’s gift establishes a permanent source of funding for the institute, there are other opportunities to create a director’s chair, institute chairs in each college and graduate fellowships for Texas A&M students studying under institute fellows.
To learn how you can support the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, visit hias.tamu.edu.
Selected fellows partner with one or more of the doctoral degree-granting academic departments housed within Texas A&M’s 16 colleges and schools, so that they can work hand-in-hand with Texas A&M faculty and graduate students. Six fellows have enjoyed their time on campus so much that they’ve signed on as permanent faculty.
“The accomplishments of our fellows are outstanding,” Junkins said. “For example, every time you use your cell phone or search the Internet, you can thank Dr. Robert Calderbank in our fourth class of fellows for his breakthroughs in digital wireless transmission of voice and data. Dr. David Arnett, also in our fourth class, developed the mathematical basis that is the foundation for understanding how the universe expands.”
Other fellows have made breakthroughs in engineering, genomics, cancer, aerospace technology, economics, kidney disease, food safety and history.
Junkins notes that this diversity of faculty is one of the benefits of the program—and of a good educational environment.
“The whole idea behind trying to advance Texas A&M’s academic stature is to make sure we’re capable of finding people who cannot only convey knowledge, but also inspire, motivate and teach citizenship,” Junkins said. “That will deepen the intellectual climate throughout Texas and beyond and keep our democracy alive.”
Hagler’s gift coincided with the university’s 140th anniversary in 2016, a perfect birthday present for an institution that has enjoyed tremendous progress even while retaining one constant: Students and faculty who have a hunger for knowledge and a desire to change the world.
“Texas A&M’s roots continue to influence and shape the place it is,” said Hagler. “Those roots come from a tradition of service to the community, and when you drive down to the core of the institute, its mission is in alignment with our university’s roots. The institute creates an environment whereby faculty and students can learn from each other and be servant leaders in our world through their research, skills and ideas.”