Engaged Learning Fellowship

The Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF) allows undergraduate students to design and pursue capstone-level projects in research, creative activity, and civic engagement.

ELFs receive:

  • up to $2000 to fund their project
  • transcript and commencement booklet notifications
  • multiple opportunities to share their work with the public
  • support from faculty mentors and Office of Engaged Learning staff

Who's it for?

  • Students ready to design and pursue their own projects
  • Typically second or third-year students
  • Many work with a faculty mentor as a URA first

Want to see what previous ELFs have done? Click here to see their projects.


Application Cycles

Applications are reviewed during these time periods: 

Senior Projects Deadline SEP 15
Early Decision Deadline DEC 15
Regular Decision Deadline FEB 15
ELFs are selected by a review committee of SMU faculty and staff. See How to Apply for further guidelines. 

In special circumstances, off-cycle projects may be approved. Please send us an email at engagedlearning@smu.edu if you plan to apply off-cycle.

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Excellence in Mentoring winners: Brad Klein, Chrystyna Kouros, Dona Mularkey, and Pia Vogel.

Summer Symposium

The Office of Engaged Learning is hosting a weekly lecture series, Thursdays at Noon in Fondren Science 123. See the full calendar on the Undergraduate Research page.


Fall Symposium

October 23, 2019, 4-6pm

The Fall Symposium is the venue for students from Engaged Learning, Undergraduate Research, the University Honors Program and the Maguire Center Public Service Fellowship programs to present their work to the campus community.

Research Days

March 24, 2020, Mack Ballroom

ELFs are invited to present their research posters and demos during the Undergraduate poster session. The top posters are eligible to compete for prizes in the Graduate poster session.


ELF Graduation Luncheon

May 14, 2020: 11:30 am - 1 pm, Mack Ballroom

The Graduation Luncheon is a celebration of Engaged Learning's seniors who have successfully participated in one of the Engaged Learning programs. Student's families, mentors, and host organizations are all invited.

ELF Calendar 2019-2020

Sep 10 & 11

UGR Workshop: What is Research?

Fondren Library Red 323, 4pm

 Sep 15  DEADLINE: Engaged Learning Fellowship Senior Cycle, 5 pm
Oct 23

Fall Research Symposium

Owen Arts Center, 4-6pm

Dec 15  DEADLINE: Engaged Learning Fellowship Early Decision, 5 pm