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Engaged Learning

Connecting SMU students with learning experiences through capstone-level research, service, internships, creative and entrepreneurial projects.

In the Office of Engaged Learning (OEL), we empower undergraduate students to expand their learning beyond the classroom through experiential programs.

Our comprehensive offerings include funding, mentorship, coaching, and networking opportunities allowing students to showcase their work and connect with peers in their field. The Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF), Engaged Learning Starter Award (ELSA), Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA), and Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) are among the programs offered by OEL. Additionally, we coordinate the Summer Research Intensive (SRI) and programming for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

Inspiring, Engaging and Connecting Students

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Engaged Learning Fellowships

Engaged Learning Fellowships (ELF) allow undergraduate students to design and pursue capstone-level projects in research, service, and creative activity.

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Summer Research Intensive

The Summer Research Intensive program provides funding to faculty to support research and scholarly productivity.

Apply for an SRI

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Clinton Global Initiative University

An opportunity to be among a cohort of over 600 social entrepreneurs, from over 100 nations and 300 countries, who are all working to solve some our world’s most pressing issues.


What's New

New Data Science REU

OEL and the Data Science Institute were awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates called "Data Science for Social Good." Students from SMU and 8 other universities are living on campus, learning from SMU faculty mentors, and participating in workshops and training in data science techniques.


OEL Newsletter

Read the September 2022 newsletter! Our quarterly newsletter provides updates on our numerous programs, and spotlights a few of the many amazing people in our orbit.



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