The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU’s classification to a university with “high research activity.”
SMU faculty members have been recognized by election to prestigious organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.
Research topics include immigration, dark matter and the Higgs boson, geothermal energy, diabetes, asthma, treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, water quality, cyber security and human performance.
SMU research projects are conducted throughout the United States and worldwide on six continents.
Grants for SMU research and sponsored projects come from public and private sources, including the National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; departments of Defense, Education and Energy; U.S. Geological Survey; Google.org; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; and Texas Instruments Foundation.
During 2011–12 SMU received $22.4 million in external funding for research and sponsored projects.
Undergraduate Research Awards support students engaged in faculty-directed research. The Big iDeas program funds research by interdisciplinary student teams on DFW-area challenges. Students conduct independent research through Engaged Learning projects.