Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Check out the diverse undergraduate research programs and funding opportunities available on campus!

From the Office of Engaged Learning:

  • Undergraduate Research Assistantships - Experience part-time research and faculty mentorship during the Academic Year. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning) LEARN MORE
  • Engaged Learning Fellowships - Engage in capstone-level scholarly research, community service or civic engagement, professional internship, or other creative project that moves learning beyond the classroom. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning) LEARN MORE

  • Summer Research Intensive - Beginning Summer 2021. Work with faculty in labs, data science, oral history, and more. Students work up to 30 hours/week during the summer on faculty-led research projects. They also participate in special workshops covering research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning)  LEARN MORE
  • Oral History (Voices of SMU and other projects) - conduct and archive interviews about real-life experiences by SMU students and alumni, and more. (Funded in part by the Office of Engaged Learning) LEARN MORE

  • Data Science Institute - Launched in Fall 2020, the DSI aims to develop research connections between our faculty affiliates and corporations, federal/state/local governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. Research assistant opportunities are available. (Funded in part by the Office of Engaged Learning) LEARN MORE

From our Partners:

  • Cooper/McElvaney Peace and Justice FellowshipDeepen your understanding of social justice work with a faith-based organization. Design a service or research project under the guidance of the Chaplain’s office or a faculty mentor.  (Administered by the Office of the Chaplain & Religious Life) LEARN MORE 
  • Grand Challenge Scholars ProgramThe Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) aims to inspire young students to explore challenges and opportunities which support the “continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful.”  (Administered by the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership) LEARN MORE 
  • Hamilton Undergraduate Research ScholarsCollaborate with top faculty researchers and contribute to the creation of cutting-edge knowledge in significant and meaningful ways. Faculty/student teams carry out primary research for one semester or up to one year. (Administered by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute) LEARN MORE 
  • Maguire Public Service FellowsSummer fellowships for public service or ethics research.  (Administered by the Maguire Center) LEARN MORE 
  • Mayer Undergraduate FellowsConduct a substantial research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of your major(s)/minor(s) under the guidance of two faculty mentors. (Administered by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute) LEARN MORE 
  • McNair Scholars ProgramThrough faculty mentoring, undergraduate research, and academic support services, you will be prepared and engaged academically and receive postgraduate counseling and opportunities. (Administered by the SMU College Access Programs) LEARN MORE  
  • Office of National Student FellowshipsSMU's Office of National Student Fellowships helps SMU undergraduate and graduate students apply for external, nationally-competitive fellowships, scholarships and awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Guggenheim, and many others. LEARN MORE 
  • Richter International Fellowship ProgramHonors students to conduct independent research projects on topics of international dimensions or multicultural projects within the United States under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Eligibility: Second and Third-year SMU students enrolled in the University Honors Program in the Liberal Arts(Administered by the University Honors Program) LEARN MORE 
  • Tower Center Student Internships & FellowshipsPursue collaborative work in politics and government and work closely with faculty to develop research projects to be published in the Dialogue(Administered by the Tower Center) LEARN MORE 
  • Weil Undergraduate Research AwardAn annual award for the demonstration of depth and breadth in the use of library research materials and clear evidence of thoughtful command of these resources in undergraduate research papers. (Administered by SMU LibrariesLEARN MORE