Esmeralda Duran, a December 2008 Dedman College graduate with majors in English and French, has been selected for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Continuing Scholar Graduate Award. One of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the nation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship provides up to $50,000 per year for up to 6 years of graduate study. Duran held a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship as an SMU undergraduate.
Pekka Hämäläinen (right) has received a 2009 Bancroft Prize, awarded by Columbia University, for his book The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press, 2008), published in cooperation with SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies in Dedman College. Currently an associate professor of history and co-director of the Center for Borderlands and Trans-cultural Studies at UC-Santa Barbara, Hämäläinen was the Clements Center’s 2001-02 Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America.