Summer Research Intensive

The Office of Engaged Learning is pleased to announce our new Summer Research Intensive program for 2021.


This program will provide funding to faculty to support research productivity. The program matches funding for undergraduate research assistants and provides specialized training for students in research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills.


How is the Summer Research Intensive program different from the Summer Research Assistant program?


The pilot program will have a smaller cohort of students than previous summers and emphasize the support for faculty work in addition to a rich student experience.  


Note: The new Summer Research Intensive supersedes the former Summer Research Assistantship programs. 


We will provide match funding

·      50% of hourly wage, at 30 hours per week and up to $2000

·      for up to 30 students (maximum 2 per faculty member).

·      Faculty without sufficient funds may instead apply for the highly competitive Bold Initiatives funding that will pay 100% of student wages (up to $4000).


How do faculty apply to this new Summer Research Intensive?

·      Faculty will submit a brief application detailing their current research project(s), along with specific duties and objectives for the students

·      Once accepted, faculty recruit up to 2 students for their research project and the Summer Research Intensive experience. The Office of Engaged Learning will assist faculty in advertising student jobs. Students must be enrolled in classes for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 (students graduating in the spring of 2021 are not eligible).

·      Faculty from all schools and all ranks are welcome to apply

·      Application will open on March 22—see timeline below


How will faculty be selected?

·      Faculty will indicate funding source to be matched (e.g. grant) with a quality proposal

·      SMU protocols such as IRB approval are expected to be complete before submission

·      Faculty/staff must demonstrate how this will be a meaningful, guided experience for students



·      Proposal and project in line with SMU’s goals for high research productivity

·      Faculty hiring under-represented students such as those designated first-generation or Federal Work Study


What are the program’s values and requirements for faculty and students?


Value for faculty

·       Funding match for students to assist with research

·       Provost recognition for developing future scholars

·       Training for student assistants by graduate students, SMU Libraries, and Office of Engaged Learning

·       Support for co-publishing; uninterrupted time for writing manuscripts and grant writing 


Faculty expectations

·       Mentor student research

·       Deliverable in the form of a manuscript, presentation, or grant submission

·       Presentation during summer or academic year at event hosted by Center for Teaching Excellence and Office of Engaged Learning


Value for students

·      Substantial time to gain experience in research

·      $10-15/hour

·      specialized training for students in research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills.


Student expectations

·      Complete all professional work hours 

·      Attend and participate in weekly Summer Research Intensive, which includes faculty presentations and practical workshops on research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills.  

·      Complete 3 reflection surveys

·      Optional and with Faculty Approval:

o   Compete for Summer Research Fellowship and Award by completing a research report.

o   Submission of research report to the Journal for Undergraduate Research


Timeline (subject to minor adjustments)

·      March 22 – application opens

·      April 12 – applications due

·      April 16 – acceptances announced

·      May 22 – students may begin work

·      June 1 – SRI workshops begin

·      Aug 4 – SRI workshops end

·      Aug 13 – final work day




Thank you to the Provost, SMU Libraries, Moody School, and the Engaged Learning Undergraduate Research Steering Team for their support.