Research, involving the observation, consideration or learning of previously unknown ideas, goes to the heart of SMU's mission. We strongly encourage undergraduate students to pursue research projects as an important supplement to their curriculum.
Real-world experience confronting and solving genuinely new problems provides an excellent preparation for life after SMU and in a variety of career paths. The opportunity to pursue a topic or idea in an independent way with faculty involvement or supervision provides an important path to intellectual growth. Projects leading to publication bring a valuable distinction to a student's resume in today's competitive world.
SMU sustains many different kinds of opportunity for research, including faculty-led projects, student-led projects, and collaborative projects. These are now further supported by the university's new Engaged Learning initiative. In addition to financial-based research awards, departments offer students the chance to pursue work in multiple semesters toward a senior thesis.