A professor of humanities in the College of Engineering, Roger M. Jones was dedicated to teaching his students the profound human value of literature. Supported by a memorial fund, the Roger M. Jones Fellowship was established shortly after Professor Jones’ death in 1977, to honor his memory and to celebrate his conviction about the relevance of the humanities in a technological age. This annual Fellowship abroad provides a graduating UM engineering student the opportunity to study the humanities at a European university to broaden and deepen his or her previous education in the College of Engineering. The Fellowship includes living expenses, travel stipend, and tuition for one year.
The Roger M. Jones Poetry Contest was established by Professor Jones’ colleagues in 1977 to honor his memory and his commitment to teaching engineering students about poetry. The contest encourages engineering students to write poetry and to experience the pleasure of using their creative imaginations to speak to others.