Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

SMU Undergraduate Research offers students the ability to gain experience in a campus lab, to collaborate with a research group locally or globally, and to develop as a young researcher.

Students have opportunities for professional development and access to publish their work in the SMU Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Who's it for?

For the student who seeks answers and wants to discover those answers under the guidance of a professor, a scientist, a clinician or other expert in the field. There are programs for freshmen through seniors, and open to all disciplines.

Check out the Undergraduate Research Programs on campus!

NEWS FLASH!

SUMMER RESEARCH APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 1!! 

Research Day

Each Spring SMU undergraduates present their research and creative works during Research Day. This is an incredible opportunity for students to demonstrate, display, or present their project and findings.

 

With nearly 100 students participating, colleagues have a chance to see work from across campus and interact with SMU faculty, graduate students, and trade-professionals from the greater Dallas community. The Office of Engaged Learning hosts this event for Engaged Learning Fellows, Undergraduate Research Assistants, Summer Research Assistants, McNair Scholars, and Hamilton Scholars.

 

Expect good things to happen from this event including: refining your pitch for grad school and job interviews, preparation for state- and national-level poster sessions, possible participation in Graduate Research Day, awards, terrific feedback on your work, and great food and fun. 

 

2019 Undergraduate Research Day Poster Session Abstracts

Research and Funding Programs

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


Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Experience part-time research and faculty mentorship during the Academic Year.

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Summer Research Assistantships

Take your part-time, or full-time, if you choose, research beyond the Academic Year and into the summer, and dive deeper into your research project.

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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.

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Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars

Collaborate 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.

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Mayer Undergraduate Fellows

Conduct a substantial research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of your major(s)/minor(s) under the guidance of two faculty mentors.

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McNair Scholars Program

Through faculty mentoring, undergraduate research, and academic support services, you will be prepared and engaged academically and receive postgraduate counseling and opportunities.

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Richter International Fellowship Program

Honors 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.

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Tower Center Fellowships

Pursue collaborative work in politics and government and work closely with faculty to develop research projects to be published in the Dialogue.

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Weil Undergraduate Research Award

An 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. 

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UGR Calendar 2018-2019

May 1 SRA Deadline to Apply for Summer Paid Positions
June 13 Summer Research Symposium - SRA Event
TBD
June 27
Summer Research Symposium - SRA Event
TBD
July 11 Summer Research Symposium - SRA Event
TBD
July 25 Summer Research Symposium - SRA Event
TBD
Aug 8  Summer Research Symposium - SRA Event
TBD
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Looking for more workshops? Check out the Library's Research Workshops! Don't forget to register in order to attend!