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The dean handed out his own cash to students in our Win Dean Manderscheid's Money contest.
The College of Arts and Sciences educates every UNL undergraduate through courses in the humanities, social and natural sciences. Our undergraduate and graduate students work with over 350 world-class faculty members dedicated to teaching and research excellence in more than 50 major and minor programs.
Our departments and programs - from Physics and Astronomy to Sociology to our Center for Great Plains Studies - are united in their diversity by a commitment to the value of a liberal arts education. Our faculty and staff are internationally recognized scholars, innovative researchers and award-winning teachers, and they are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and ideas with students.
Our students are among the brightest and most talented in the country. They learn the skills necessary to be successful in an increasingly global, technological and interdisciplinary world. The college offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, and 16 pre-professional programs, including pre-medicine, pre-law, and pre-dentistry. Many of our graduates have gone on to receive Fulbright grants, Truman scholarships, Rhodes scholarships and advanced degrees from nationally and internationally recognized programs.
Research and service opportunities abound for Arts and Sciences students. They can study turtle biology at our Cedar Point Biological Station, create software in our Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management Design Studio, write poetry at the English Department's Summer Writer's Workshop or experience the power of the ultra-fast, high-intensity Diocles Laser in our Extreme Light Laboratory. The possibilities of a liberal arts education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are, quite literally, endless.
I encourage you to browse our Web site for more information about our departments and programs of study. The site is filled with resources for parents, current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff. Finally, please don't hesitate to contact us - you'll find our phone numbers and email addresses throughout this site.
About the dean
David Manderscheid has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 2007. His B.S. is from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. is from Yale University, both in Mathematics. His research is in representation theory with applications to number theory. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and the University of Paris. He chairs the American Mathematical Society Science Policy Committee and serves on the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee and the Mathematical Association of America Committee on the Undergraduate Program. He publishes and lectures widely and has won a number of teaching awards.
Dean Manderscheid has been the Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Security Agency. Currently he is co-PI on an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award. The goal of this grant is to increase the number of women faculty members in STEM disciplines at UNL.
Dean Manderscheid's priorities for the college, in addition to diversity, include fostering interdisciplinary research and enhancing undergraduate education.