Coolest Dean’s Fund destinations

The top 10 trips we wish we’d been invited on.

Carrie Golus, AB’91, AM’93 (@carriegolus)

The Dean’s Fund for Student Life helps “support and implement student ideas”—i.e., gives undergrads money to do cool things. Last academic year students staged a fashion show, organized a hackathon, and made a horror movie. Other students traveled to conferences or competitions or to pursue their own research.


Thessaloniki, Greece
World Universities Debating Championship

BA paper research on Cuban painter Wifredo Lam

New Orleans
Dirt Red Brass Band (UChicago jazz ensemble) performance

National Indian cultural dance competition at Southern Methodist University

Paleontology club dig

Tbilisi, Georgia
Research on environmental security

Providence, Rhode Island
United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs tournament

Omaha, Nebraska
Smart Woman Securities Conference with Warren Buffett

BA paper research on the Gay Museum

Daejeon, South Korea
Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center Summer Fellows Program


Dean’s Fund awards typically range from $750 to $1,500. Students can receive funding once during their College career. (Illustration by Charlie Donahue)