Engaged Learning program is a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning with experiential learning opportunities through its programs: the Engaged Learning Fellowship, Big Ideas, Clinton Global University, and various other campus partner opportunities. 

Engaged Learning promotes the vision that all undergraduate students, as part of their SMU education, complete at least one signature work - connecting a personal passion to academic learning and turning it into a project of their own. The Engaged Learning initiative helps students develop a significant and sophisticated understanding of disciplinary knowledge by putting it into practice while a student at SMU. 

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                                                          STUDENT STORIES

Refugee parents inspire student to help others

Kovan Barzani not only has exceeded his Kurdish-American parents' expectations, but has worked with the International Rescue Committee to offer literacy and technology skills to those served by the IRC.


Student creates life-saving toolkit for women

Dominique Earland used grants from SMU's Community Outreach Fellowship and Engaged Learning Program to create and share a 36-page life-saving toolkit for women who may become mothers.


Parents struggle inspires student to help others

As a child, Olivia Nguyen saw her immigrant Vietnamese parents struggle with adjusting to a new country. She has taken knowledge of her parents' challenges to help others


SMU global health professor mentors others

For SMU senior Dylan DeMuth, a challenge from Professor Eric Bing led the premed student to teaching health workers in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and the U.S.


Calendar 2017-2018

Aug 15 ELF Senior Cycle Opens
Sep 15 ELF Senior Cycle Deadline 
Sep 20  Big iDeas Pitch Contest Application Deadline 
Sep 22
Engaged Learning Fall Symposium
Big iDeas Pitch Contest
Oct 13-15 Annual CGI U meeting at Northeastern University
Nov 15 ELF Regular Cycle Opens
Dec 15  ELF Early Decision Deadline 
Feb 6-8  ELF Spring Symposium
Feb 9

Big iDeas Demo Day:
Business Plan Competition & Fair

Feb 15  ELF Regular Decision Deadline
May 17
ELF Graduation Luncheon


“How to communicate, how to reason and how to work with others in a professional role: these are the important skills my Engaged Learning experience taught me.”