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Tapping the Deans' Expertise

The Dean's Excellence Fund supports internships, community engagement programs and more for faculty and students.

Each year, more than 400 students across 80 majors and disciplines showcase their original research at San Diego State’s Student Research Symposium.

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The Dean's Excellence Fund provides funds for student and faculty activities.

A number of those talented students are also invited to present research-based papers at academic conferences across the country.  Sadly, not all have the financial resources to attend. 

That’s when the Dean’s Excellence Fund can help.

In each of SDSU’s seven colleges, a donor-supported discretionary fund provides financing for faculty and student activities that might otherwise go unfunded as the state reduces its investment in higher education.

At the College of Arts and Letters, the Dean’s Excellence Endowment Fund supports faculty and student research, student internships and international experiences, community engagement programs, and new initiatives that enhance the college's mission of cultural understanding and educational excellence, said Dean Paul Wong.


The Dean's Excellence Fund provides funds for student and faculty activities, helping SDSU students excel both locally and globally, a key initiative of The Campaign for SDSU. Learn more about how SDSU is Fueling the Potential of our future leaders.


Michael, ’67, and Cynthia Hartell first met Dean Wong in 2007. During followup meetings and a personal tour, “we learned more about the students and the current programs in the College of Arts and Letters,” they wrote in an email. “We were particularly impressed with the international program and the emergence of SDSU as a research university. Our gift to the Dean’s Excellence Endowment Fund supports various programs within Arts and Letters at the dean’s discretion.”

Stephen, ‘67, and Laural Sledge were also intrigued with the idea of championing many different programs and people within his former college, Arts and Letters.

“Our gift may give a young student the opportunity to move forward in research or in a startup venture,” said Laural, and Stephen added, “We have met Dean Wong and we believe he has the expertise to direct our gift to where it is needed most.”