Undergraduate Research

Research—the observation, discovery, or creation of previously unknown ideas—is at the heart of SMU's mission. We strongly encourage undergraduate students to engage in research projects outside of their class assignments.

The Undergraduate Research program, powered by the Office of Engaged Learning, facilitates:


Check out all the undergraduate research opportunities on campus!

 Research Days 2020 Winners



See the winning posters from Research Days 2020 - Click here.


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. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning) 


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. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning) 


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. (Administered by the Office of Engaged Learning) 


Cooper/McElvaney Peace and Justice Fellowship

Deepen your understanding of social justice work with a faith-based organization. Design a service or research project under the guidance of the Chaplain’s office or a faculty mentor.  (Administered by the Office of the Chaplain & Religious Life) 


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. (Administered by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute) 


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. (Administered by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute) 


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. (Administered by the SMU College Access Programs) 


Office of National Student Fellowships

SMU's Office of National Student Fellowships helps SMU undergraduate and graduate students apply for external, nationally-competitive fellowships, scholarships and awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Guggenheim, and many others.


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(Administered by the University Honors Program) 


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(Administered by the Tower Center)


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. (Administered by SMU Libraries


UGR Calendar 2019-2020

Jan 28 UGR Workshop: Resumes for Researchers 
Hughes-Trigg 200, 4pm
Feb 15 Engaged Learning Fellowship Application Deadline
Feb 18
UGR Workshop: Making Awesome Posters
SMU Incubator, 5-7pm
Mar 10
UGR Workshop: The Elevator Pitch            

Clements G11, 5-6pm

Mar 24-May1 Research Days: Undergraduate Virtual Poster Session            

On Canvas - please email us to be added to the course

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