Summer Research Intensive

The Office of Engaged Learning is pleased to announce the return of the Summer Research Intensive program for 2022.


Info for Faculty Info for Students


The Summer Research Intensive program provides funding to faculty to support research and scholarly productivity. Our office matches funding to hire undergraduate research assistants and provides these students with specialized training in research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills.


In the 2021 pilot, 42 students supported the work of 27 faculty members. By the end of summer, their work culminated in 8 grant proposals, 7 abstract submissions, and 2 peer-reviewed papers—as well as substantial progress toward proposals and publications. Students also create brief oral presentations and optional reports.


From faculty:

“I was surprised how much progress was made during the summer. My student solved a lot of computational issues on his own.”


“[My students] were both excellent. [One] assumed a leadership role over certain logistical pieces of the project which was most valuable. [The other] participated extremely diligently and actually did more of the data work than any other project member. I look forward to working with both on future presentations and publications out of the data.”


From students:

“This project has highly encouraged me to get my masters. . . Additionally, I am highly considering getting my PhD in my field, with a specification directly related to my research.”


“This project has reaffirmed my desires to pursue an MD/PhD. . . [and] has helped me to become more confident in my love for research.”


“It has made me question (in a good way) if I'd rather pursue criminal justice research over psychology research.”


Info for Faculty


OEL provides match funding

How do faculty apply?

  • Application will open on February 15—see timeline below
  • Faculty from all schools and all ranks are welcome to apply
  • Faculty will submit a brief application detailing their current research project(s), along with specific duties and objectives for the students
  • It is not required for students to be identified at the time of application. Faculty who need to recruit students are invited to post their positions to the URA Job Board.
  • Students must be enrolled in classes for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. They do not have to be enrolled during the summer.    

How will faculty be selected?

  • Faculty indicate funding source to be matched (e.g. grant, start-up funding, school/department, any matching funds) with a quality proposal 
  • Faculty/staff demonstrate how the SRI will be a meaningful, guided experience for students with a tangible outcome (e.g. abstract, IRB application, manuscript, conference presentation, or creative output)
  • Faculty are committed to summer SRI program values and expectations for their students (see below)


  • Proposal resonates with SMU's goals for excellence in research & scholarly/creative work
  • Proposals with clear objective and tangible outcome (see above)
  • Faculty who hire under-represented students, including those designated as first-generation or Federal Work Study

What are the program’s values and requirements for faculty?


Value for faculty

  • Funding match for students to assist with research
  • Provost recognition for developing future scholars
  • Training for student assistants by graduate students, SMU Libraries, and Office of Engaged Learning
  • Support for co-publishing; uninterrupted time for writing manuscripts and grant writing 

Faculty expectations

  • Mentor student research
  • Deliverable in the form of a manuscript, presentation, or grant submission
  • Completion of survey at end of summer



Info for students

How do I apply?

Faculty apply to hire up to two students. Ask professors you know if they are planning to apply and have open spots. Also check out the URA Job Board – there may be jobs outside your major that will still be great experiences!

Value for students

  • Substantial time to gain experience in research
  • $10-15/hour
  • Training in research methods, oral and written presentation techniques, and other professional development skills.

Student expectations

  • Complete all professional work hours 
  • Attend and participate in weekly Summer Research Intensive, which includes faculty presentations and workshops  
  • Participate in culminating “Three Minute Thesis” presentation session (team projects accepted and  prizes will be awarded)
  • Complete a reflection survey
  • Optional (with Faculty Approval):

Timeline (subject to minor adjustments)

  • February 15 – application opens
  • April 3 – applications due
  • April 14 – acceptances announced
  • May 21 – students may begin work
  • June 1 – SRI workshops begin
  • Aug 3 – SRI workshops end
  • Aug 12 – final work day
  • Aug 15 – student & faculty reflections due. Optional: nominations and reports for Summer Research Fellows due


Thank you to the Provost, SMU Libraries, Moody School, and the Engaged Learning Undergraduate Research Steering Team for their support.