Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Assistantships
~Fall and Spring Semester~
Deadline: None!

Three Easy Steps to Apply!

  1. Write a proposal (see below)
  2. Receive a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor
  3. Complete the following form with your faculty mentor (need research funding information!):

    Apply! (Google account required)

For details, please see the URA page.

 
Summer Research Assistantships
~ May 11 - Aug 16, 2019 ~
Deadline: May 1

Three Easy Steps to Apply!

  1. Write a proposal (see below)
  2. Receive a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor
  3. Complete the following form with your faculty mentor (need research funding information!):

    Apply! (Google account required)

For details, please see the SRA page.

 

Proposal (500+ words)

  • Title
  • Motivation behind the research
  • Background information about the broader context of the research in the chosen field
  • Methodology, technique, or practice needed in the research
  • Description of specific research/tasks to be carried out by the student
  • How the student will benefit from performing research
 

A panel of SMU faculty will review the submitted applications. Proposals selected by the faculty panel will be approved for funding.

Research Experience Report

 Fall URA report deadline  December 15 
 Spring URA report deadline   May 15
 Summer SRA report deadline   August 15

 
Final reports are expected of all URAs and SRAs
. These reports should be written by the student, and students are encouraged to seek editorial comment from their faculty mentor. The reports should be written to satisfy the following criteria:

  • Title
  • Abstract (200-500 words):
    • Summary of the project: who, what, when, where, why
  • Research Paper (1500-2000 words)
    • Background information (i.e. "literature review")
    • Motivation: research problem and hypothesis
    • Methodology (ex: experimental laboratory work, case studies, field studies, questionnaires, etc.)
    • Description of the results found through the stated research method
    • Main conclusions based on the results
    • Recommendations for future work
    • Images, diagrams, and graphs, if relevant
  • Reflection (200-500 words)
    • What the student learned from this experience
    • How the experience will impact their career plans or expectations

Suitable reports will be referred for possible publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research (JoUR).