Undergraduate Research

Research Days | Fall Symposium | Summer Symposium | Workshops


Research Days (Undergrad) Poster Session

Each spring, the Office of Engaged Learning teams with the Office of Graduate Studies to present Research Days. Consisting of poster sessions (one for undergraduates and one for graduate students), Research Days is a fun time to see the breadth of research being conducted by students at SMU. 


For 2020, the Undergraduate Poster Session moved online, to a course on Canvas.

Click here to view the winning posters from 2020!


Poster size

Poster templates

Note: you are not required to use these templates. You are not required to use this company to print!


Mike Morrison's "Better Scientific Poster": https://osf.io/ef53g/ 


Local print shops

AlphaGraphics (Knox St.)

FastSigns (Mockingbird Ln.)

Minuteman Press (Park Ln.)


Poster print funding

Most posters cost about $50-70. Ask your department if there are funds available. The Office of Engaged Learning does not cover printing costs.


Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom (NOTE: 2020 will take place in Mack Ballroom in Umphrey-Lee). The setup will be similar:


Fall Symposium

Each fall, students in select research and service programs are invited to give oral presentations in a miniature professional conference. The programs include: Engaged Learning Fellows, Summer Research Fellows, Cooper/McElvaney Fellows, Maguire Public Service Fellows, McNair Scholars, and Richter Fellows.

Presentations are approximately 10 minutes, and visuals (e.g. Powerpoint) are encouraged.

Fall Symposium 2020

Summer Symposium

During the summer, we offer a weekly seminar with free lunch and research presentations by SMU faculty and guests. Summer Research Assistants are highly encouraged to attend, and the Symposium is open to everyone.

Details for Summer 2020 forthcoming.

Research Workshops

We offer workshops approximately once a month during the academic year. Often these are coordinated with outside departments, such as University Libraries. Recent topics include:

  • What is research?
  • How to read a scholarly article
  • From idea to publication
  • Reimbursements made easy
  • Resumes for researchers
  • Making awesome (research) posters
  • The Elevator Pitch

We are more than happy to present these workshops (or general information sessions) during class time. Please email engagedlearning@smu.edu to schedule a time.