Engaged Learning program is a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning with experiential learning opportunities through its programs: the Engaged Learning Fellowship, Big Ideas, Clinton Global University, and various other campus partner opportunities. 

Engaged Learning promotes the vision that all undergraduate students, as part of their SMU education, complete at least one signature work - connecting a personal passion to academic learning and turning it into a project of their own. The Engaged Learning initiative helps students develop a significant and sophisticated understanding of disciplinary knowledge by putting it into practice while a student at SMU. 

NEWS FLASH!  Congratulations Big iDea Business Plan Winners (Listed by Principal Investigator, followed by team members): Just Drive by Neha Husein; SPOT by Alex Martin, John Fischer, and Paxton Murphy; Operation Town Hall by Geetsikha Pathak; Signo Capital by Alex Williams.  LEARN MORE

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Out of the 14 groups who pitched, only 10 won $1000

Winners of the Big iDeas Pitch Contest were awarded $1000 each to pursue their business ideas and grow their entrepreneurial spirit.


Grandparents' love letters inspire student filmmaker

Jessica Cole uses her skills in and passion for production design to create the film "Missing Pieces," depicting the reconciliation of the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother through a series of love letters.


Refugee parents inspire student to help others

Kovan Barzani not only has exceeded his Kurdish-American parents' expectations, but has worked with the International Rescue Committee to offer literacy and technology skills to those served by the IRC.


Student creates life-saving toolkit for women

Dominique Earland used grants from SMU's Community Outreach Fellowship and Engaged Learning Program to create and share a 36-page life-saving toolkit for women who may become mothers.


Main Events Calendar 2017-2018

Feb 15  Engaged Learning Fellowship Regular Decision Deadline
May 17

Engaged Learning Graduation Luncheon
11:30 am-1 pm
Mack Ballroom



“How to communicate, how to reason and how to work with others in a professional role: these are the important skills my Engaged Learning experience taught me.”