Research. Entrepreneurship. Bold Initiatives.

The Office of Engaged Learning enhances SMU's undergraduate education with experiential learning opportunities in research and entrepreneurship. Our Office hosts the following programs: the Engaged Learning Fellowship, Undergraduate Research Assistantships, Big iDeas, and Clinton Global Initiative University. We operate the Incubator@SMU, coordinate the Mustang Mentors program, and are a key partner in the Engage Dallas program.

Introducing Engage Dallas:
Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on south and west Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasis on campus and community impact stemming from the initiative. Think big and do good today.


Voices of SMU (Oral History Project)

Carson Dudick, a Junior majoring in History and Human rights, is interviewing minority SMU alumni about their experiences attending SMU.


Just Drive, an app to stop texting and driving

Neha Husein shares her story with ASUS through their #UnlockingGood with #ZenFone5 Q profile series.


Undergraduate Research (Chemistry)

Jamie Hall, Anderson WeyTrey Rose, and Corinne Gibson are researching high-temperature polymers in Dr. David Y. Son's lab.


Undergraduate Research (3D Simulations)

Jose Velazquez and Joshua Lauer are working with Dr. Tony Cuevas on interactive 3D simulations for use in high school and college classrooms.


Main Events Calendar 2020-2021

Sep 15

Engaged Learning Fellowship Deadline (last chance for Seniors graduating in Spring 2021)

Sep 25

Big iDeas Pitch Competition


Oct 28

Fall Research Symposium [Register]


Dec 15

Engaged Learning Fellowship Deadline (Early Decision, students graduating Summer 2021 and beyond)


Our Impact

“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.”