Research and Publication Opportunities

In addition to working on an individual research project or working with a faculty member, student collaborative research is another way to engage in undergraduate research.

There are two ways you and your partner or partners can conduct a research project. 

1. The first option is to do research for credit by enrolling in SOCI 4393.

SOCI 4393 Course Description:Undergraduate students develop an independent research project under the guidance of a departmental faculty member, culminating in a written report. Students may enroll in one, two, or three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOCI 2300 or 2310, SOCI 3311 or 3312, and one 3000-level course. Important Information: Students must fill out entire approval form prior to meeting with supervising professor. Upon completion it must be turned into the Program Director for the Department of Sociology for review and approval. Students will be contacted by email about course approval, and on how to enroll for the course.

Here is an example of student collaborative research for credit.

2011. Masters, Logan, Kyle Mcgrory, and Rachel Singer. "A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Recruitment and Retention Strategies of Millennial Volunteers in the DFW Metroplex."

2. The second option is not for credit but is a great way to explore your interests through other SMU programs:

The Unbridled Project

The Unbridled Project is the distinguishing feature of SMU Engaged Learning, student engagement at the ultimate level. It is an extensive project with five essential parts: detailed proposal, guided by a mentor, intensive activity, public presentation and published report. Students engage in research, service or internships with individuals inside and outside of SMU. Projects span two academic years, beginning with ideas and proposals the first year and project activity, completion and presentation the second. The Unbridled Project are documented on students’ SMU transcripts. If you are a student already engaged in research, service or internships, make it count. Develop it as an Unbridled Project. If you are a student who wants to design your own project, make it count. Develop it as an Unbridled Project. So, what do you care about? What do you plan to do about it?

IMAGINE. Tap into your personal area of study, interests, talents and creativity. 


Big Ideas

As a major metropolitan area, Dallas presents numerous complex, multifaceted problems that require insight from many disciplines. Big iDeas project proposals should be aimed at addressing topics relating to such problems, with a team of at least two students from different disciplines.

You can view previous Big iDea student research proposals that received grants, as well as their updates and related documents, in the Big iDeas Student Research digital repository.

 For a sense of successful project ideas, consider project topics that received Big iDeas grants.