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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

The Jefferson Junior Fellows Program

The Jefferson Junior Fellows Program provides intellectual and social opportunities for honors students who are pursuing the Certificate Program in Core Texts and Ideas. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to take part in lunches with faculty, receptions with visiting scholars, coffee hours, and other events planned by the fellows themselves.

There will be an opening luncheon on Tuesday, February 3, at 12:30 PM in Batts 5.108 at which you’ll plan events for the semester and choose professors for lunches.

Activity Fund

Jefferson Junior Fellows will be allowed to draw money from a student activity fund. Its purpose is to give you the chance to attend different cultural events, like plays, classical music concerts, and other events that you choose, both on and off campus. If you’re not sure whether an event counts or not, or if you have any other questions, please consult with Dr. Dempsey.

Important: To use the student activity fund, there are two conditions. You must attend the event in a group made up of more than one Junior Fellow, and only one person in the group should be reimbursed for each event. For example, if you go to a play, one person should collect money from the entire group, and that person only will be reimbursed for all the tickets. You should submit your receipts in the Government Department office, Batts 2.116.

Professor Lunches

Over the course of the semester, we’ll sponsor a number of luncheons with Junior Fellows and professors at the AT&T Center on campus. You’ll be able to choose the professors by vote, which will take place at the opening luncheon on February 3. You don’t need to choose CTI professors; we’ll sponsor lunches with anyone on the UT faculty. If you can’t make it, you can send a list of up to 3 choices for professors to Dr. Dempsey by email and your votes will be counted at the luncheon.

Book Prizes

At the end of each semester, the ten Junior Fellows who earn the highest grade point averages in that semester will be awarded book prizes of $250, which you can use to build up your own great books library.


To qualify for the program, students must have completed at least one year at UT or another college or university, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and must be enrolled in at least one course that qualifies for the Program in Core Texts and Ideas. A list of these courses may be found under qualifying courses. Preference will be given to students who are on track to graduate with the CTI Certificate.

Application Information

To apply, please bring your completed application form, together with a grade report and a CTI certification plan, to the Government Department office, Batts 2.116. The deadline for applications is Thursday, January 29, at 4 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Erik Dempsey,

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