Engaged Learning Fellowship

Engaged Learning Fellowship: How it Works

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
NOTE: You may apply during your sophomore or junior year! If you are a senior and applying for the first time, you must apply by September 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.

Typical Timeline for Regular Decision ELFs

Fall Prepare ELF proposal
Early spring Committee selects ELFs
March Orientation + first reflection
Summer Start work on project!
Fall Midpoint meeting + second reflection
late March  Present poster at Research Days
April 15 Submit final product + third reflection
May Graduate! (and celebrate at our Luncheon)
After graduation Opportunity to publish work in our Journal

For Current ELFs

Reflection Exercises

Throughout your project, you will complete three Reflection Exercises. These provide a chance for you to discuss your project, your relationship with your mentor, and the impact your project is having on you, your field, and your community.

Midpoint Meetings

We will meet with each ELF and their mentor in the middle of the process. The purpose of these meetings is to check up on your progress, see how the student-mentor relationship is developing, and to offer support. We conduct these meetings around these times:

  • Early/Regular Decision ELFs - October 1-15
  • Senior Cycle/Regular Decision ELFs - December 1-10
  • Senior/Early/Regular Decision ELFs - February 1-15
Public Presentation

ELFs are required to present their work in a public forum. Some ELFs coordinate their own events, while many choose to present during Research Days in March. Visit our Undergraduate Research Resources page for more information on poster formats, etc. Next Research Days is March 24-26, 2020.

Final Product

To complete an Engaged Learning Fellowship, students summarize their experience in a final, summative document or physical artifact that describes the project and its findings. The product can take different forms: research paper, community project or internship report, or other creative artifact. The form should reflect the nature of the experience. Due by April 15 of graduation year.
Upload Final Product 

ELFs are invited to submit their final products for publication in the SMU Journal of Undergraduate Research.