Summer Research Assistantships (SRA)

What are Summer Research Assistantships?

Like our academic-year URA program, the Summer Research Assistantship (SRA) program support students engaging in faculty-led research.

Summer is a great time for an undergraduate researcher to take a "deep dive" into research—up to 29 hours a week between May 11 and August 16, 2019. A number of our SRAs have achieved such milestones as conference presentations and journal publications.

The window for submission of the SRA application starts after Spring Break and closes on May 1. See How to Apply for the application process!

How it Works:

Each SRA works with a faculty member, generally in their lab or a specific project. If you need help finding a faculty mentor, checkout Handshake or our A2O Mentoring program.

The Office of Engaged Learning provides matching funds to a department, school, or research grant. We also match selected SMU scholarships, including Hamilton and McNair.

SRAs work up to 29 hours a week, at wages up to $15.00 per hour. All SRAs submit a final report (see below).

Please review the URA/SRA Program Guidelines for more information. If you have further questions, please contact us at

How do I apply?

Visit the Application page

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 (100-300 words):
    • Summary of the project: who, what, when, where, why
  • Research Paper (750-1000 words (Fall/Spring), 1500-2000 words (Summer))
    • 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 (100-250 words (Fall/Spring), 200-500 words (Summer))
    • 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).