Elevating research excellence

Celebrating Frances Anne Moody Hall

Exterior image of The Frances Anne Moody Hall building


We are excited to announce the opening of Frances Anne Moody Hall, home to the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Made possible by a $100 million gift from the Moody Foundation, the Moody School elevates graduate education by supporting graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in their pursuit of innovative, interdisciplinary and impactful studies. The Moody School offers doctoral degrees in 36 fields, confers over 120 doctorates each year and offers master’s level degrees in over 120 fields.

Moody Hall serves our large graduate student population, which comprises 41% of SMU’s student body. It houses dedicated support staff in key areas such as fellowship advising, career development, postdoctoral affairs and student life to support our graduate students’ success at every step. It also is the home of the Office of Research and Innovation.

Students seated at table inside of Moody Hall

Moody Hall features

  • 44,222 square feet
  • Communal workspaces for collaboration
  • Dedicated graduate student offices
  • Kitchen space and social hub
  • Quiet reflection room for meditation and prayer
  • Silent reading room and study spaces

SMU’s supercomputer boosts graduate research

SMU is making investments in technology to advance research and scholarship. At the Center for Research Computing, SMU graduate students have access to cutting-edge supercomputing capabilities that are powering the next generation of forward-thinking researchers.

Robin S. Poston

Leading for impact

As dean of the Moody School and associate provost for graduate education, Robin S. Poston strengthens the University’s commitment to building a strong future for research and graduate studies and elevating the community of support for graduate students to succeed at every step of their academic journeys.

Suku Nair

SMU's vice provost for research and chief innovation officer

Suku Nair assumed his position in December after more than 30 years at the University. As head of the Office of Research, which collaborates with the Moody School to enhance the academic stature of the University by advancing the growth of research and graduate education, Nair will advance SMU’s evolution as a data-driven university focused on interdisciplinary research with transformative societal impact.

Supercomputing collaboration with NVIDIA

SMU is now home to an NVIDIA DGX SuperPODTM, one of only two universities in the country to boast this transformational technology, enhancing SMU's expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality.

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Investing in accelerating research

With support from the Moody School and powered by the supercomputing cluster at SMU’s Center for Research Computing, graduate students from psychology, ethics, civil engineering and more can maximize their research potential within interdisciplinary studies.

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Investing in fellowships

With tuition waivers, health insurance and stipends of up to $30,000 for up to five years, the Moody School offers generous fellowships to attract exemplary academic talent, drive Ph.D. degree completion and strengthen faculty research. Each fellowship is a vital avenue of support that bolsters scholarly success.

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A $100 million gift for graduate education

The Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, housed in Frances Anne Moody Hall, was created by a landmark commitment from the Moody Foundation. The school began operations in fall 2020.

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Moody West Straight on view

In the news

Jaime da Silva, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, was featured in The Dallas Morning News for his NASA-sponsored research with professor Volkan Ötügen, developing small sensors for interplanetary spacecraft.

Geophysics Ph.D. student Mackenzie White received a prestigious Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, funding her work as a writer and media contributor for Science Friday.

Ph.D. candidate Lance Brooks' research with biomechanics professor Peter Weyand on how arm swing affects sprint speed was featured in Outside magazine online.