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Engaged Learning Project

The Engaged Learning project gives students the opportunity to generate knowledge, serve a community, try out a dream job, create something the world has never known. Students engage in projects developed on their own or offered by SMU campus programs or our community partner organizations.


The student-driven Engaged Learning project is: with:
  • project outcomes
  • personal learning goals
impacting a:

anywhere in the world and funded up to $2000.

The project spans two years, typically junior and senior, and has four phases:

SMU reviews approved project proposals to determine if the project requires IRB, IACUC or IBC oversight.

The project counts towards University Curriculum community engagementoral communicationinformation literacy and writing requirements and can be petitioned for more.


NOV 15  Application cycle opens 
DEC 15 Early decision proposal deadline
JAN 15  Early decision projects announced 
JAN 31 Early decision confirmation letters due
FEB 15 Regular decision proposal deadline
MAR 4  Regular decision projects announced 
APR 1  Regular decision confirmation letters due
AUG 15  Senior application cycle opens 

SEP 15

Senior project proposal deadline

SEP 30  Senior projects announced 
OCT 7  Senior projects confirmation letters due 



Midpoint Update Meetings   

MAR  Midpoint Update Meetings  

FEB for MAY graduates 


for DEC graduates  

APR 15 for MAY graduates
NOV 24  for DEC graduates