Duke Endowment awards Furman $22.3 Million Grant to Support Student Scholarships

Furman has received a $22.3 million grant from The Duke Endowment to strengthen and support one of the University’s premier merit scholarship programs. The grant includes $22 million for the University’s endowment to augment Furman’s James B. Duke Scholarship program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to students who display “exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment.” The remaining $300,000 is operational funding that will support the University’s ongoing initiatives to enhance the Duke Scholars’ academic experiences.

Dr. Tom Allen

Professor Allen to speak on “Robot Revolution?” Wednesday at High Noon

Some experts believe that highly developed robotic devices can be a positive addition to our lives. Others suggest that intelligent machines could be an imminent threat to humanity. Either way, robots that can perform human tasks are only going to become more ubiquitous as we move further into the 21st century. Furman computer science professor Tom Allen will talk about where robotics is today and what we can reasonably expect in the near future when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Oct. 14 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.


Furman celebrates beginning of new school year

More than 1,400 faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Greenville community gathered in McAlister Auditorium Thursday as Furman celebrated the beginning of the 2015-16 school year with its annual fall convocation. In addition to the address by education professor Scott Henderson, the university awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to trustee Robert Buckman, presented the Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award to Rev. James Russell Dean II ‘86, and introduced the five seniors who were named Furman Fellows for the current academic year.


Onward and upward for Yik Yak

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook. The anonymous messaging app, created by Furman graduates Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, is now used by millions of students on more than 1,600 college campuses from Ireland to New Zealand. […]


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters.


University welcomes newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

Forty-nine Furman students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society. The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus earlier this spring. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.


The problem with grade inflation

Average college GPAs in 2006 were much higher than they were in 1930, according to a study published in the Columbia University-based publication Teachers College Record. Stuart Rojstaczer, a writer and former science professor, co-authored the study with Furman computer science professor Christopher Healy.  Healy, who joined the Furman faculty in 1999, was quoted in […]

Haley Cottingham and Andreea Cirstea

Breaking tech’s glass ceiling

It’s no exaggeration to say most computer science majors are men. Contrary to some misogynistic beliefs, however, it’s not because they’re actually better at computer science than women. But they often do think they’re better—than everyone. Sometimes it’s delusion, but justified or not that confidence goes a surprisingly long way according to Furman computer science […]


Ten faculty appointed to endowed professorships

Furman announced this week that 10 faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships at the university. Four of the new professorships are lifetime appointments, while the other six are for limited terms. Gifts from donors and foundations support 24 endowed lifetime professorships and nine rotating (limited term) professorships at the university.


The wisdom of students

When 2014 graduate Zach Hall was a student at Furman, he developed a course-selection website that helped his fellow students sign up for and keep track of available classes. As a result, Hall’s contributions to Furman’s website development were mentioned in a New York Times article about how some college students are “producing faster, easier-to-navigate, more informative and generally just better versions of the information systems at the heart of undergraduate life.” Hall graduated from Furman this past spring with a degree in computer science.  Read the article.