Our Fellows

Meet our current fellows! 

See "Recent Alumni" for more. ELF Project Archive contains a list of projects from 2011-2020

Current Engaged Learning Fellows

Caden Arras ELF

Caden Arras '24

The Director's Chair

Mentor: Jake Batsell, Journalism

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Suniti Bhikshesvaran

Egg Drop Soup

Mentor: Michelle Glasby-Millington (Film & Media Arts)

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Wolffe Bonewell

Texting and Driving PSA for Project Yellow Light 
Mentor: Mark Allen (Advertising)
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Abigail Brittle '25

SHOW PONY: SMU Zine Project. 
Mentor: Willie Baronet (Advertising)
Kaytlyn Bunting ELF

Kaytlyn Bunting '24

I Want a Body of my Own [Film]. 
Mentor: Mark Kerins (Film)
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Tyler Chapman

Fight the New Drug [PSA campaign]. 
Mentor: Mark Allen (Advertising)
Ella Dabney ELF

Ella Dabney

Voice Disorders and Care
Mentor: Carolyn Smith-Morris (Anthropology)

Juan Davalos

Egg Drop Soup

Mentor: Sean Griffin (Film & Media Arts) 

Jenna Davis ELF

Jenna Davis

Mentor: Christopher Ham (Theater)
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Lily Derr

Political Economy of the Backlash to Globalization: Formal Modeling Analysis
Mentor: Hiroki Takeuchi (Political Science)
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Kristen Edwards '24

Assessing the feasibility of three sustainable roofing materials for use in rural Tanzania

Mentor: Jessie Zarazaga, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Paige Edwards '24

Reimagining Paradise: Kanaka Driven Tours

Mentors: Brad Klein, Human Rights, and Rebecca Flores, Film

Brianna Freshwater ELF

Brianna Freshwater

In the Schools but Not the Classrooms: Advanced Placement Test-Taking in Schools Serving Predominately Students of Color

Mentor: Kara Sutton (Sociology)

Lauren Gijsbertson

"Simplifying Blockchain for Novice Investors: Introducing a Beginner-Friendly Analytics Platform"

Mentor: Simon Mak (Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship)

Ellie Hood ELF

Ellie Hood

Factors Affecting Romantic Partner Preferences
Mentor: Debra Branch (Sociology)

Princess Igwe-Icho

“Gendered Rhetoric and F-3 Family Sponsorship: Unveiling Narratives, Influencing Policies”

Mentor: Dr. Zoe Carney (Corporate Communication & Public Affairs)

Sarah Kachelhofer

Egg Drop Soup

Mentor: Rebecca Flores (Film & Media Arts)

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Arlo Kadane '24

Mapping Informal Mining in Colombia
Mentor: Jessie Zarazaga (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Isis Kazadi

Am I My Brother's Keeper: A Rational Dissection into the Family Unit’s Political Response to Incarceration
Mentor: Kara Sutton (Sociology)
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Sarah Khoja '25

AAPI Students and the College Experience. 
Mentor: LaiYee Leong (Political Science)

Lily Kyriakides-Crowe

“Strategies for Coping with Peer Stress as Predictors of Emerging Adults’ Interpersonal Problems”

Mentor: Chrystyna Kouros (Psychology)

Morgan Martinez ELF

Morgan Martinez ‘24

Unite America: Vote Third Party PSA

Mentor: Mark Allen (Advertising)

Connor McAlpin

“Associations between Family Stress and Adolescents’ Risk for Depression”

Mentor: Dr. Chrystyna Kouros (Psychology)

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Mason Morland

SteadyLife: Mobile Device Enabled Quantitative Hand Tremor Measurement Software

Mentor: Bruce Snider

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Theo Morris

SMU Guildhall Capstone Recording Sessions: Year Two

Mentor: Rob Frank, Music

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Kevin Nguyen ‘24

The Synthesis of HEMI and Biodegradable Polymers

Mentor: David Son, Chemistry

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Andrea Reyes '24

Star Formation and Feedback in Active Galaxies
Mentor: Krista Lynne Smith (Physics)
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Anika Saiprabhu

Prisoner of the Strings: the Dystopia of Book Bans and Censorship in Schools [music composition]
Mentor: Lane Harder (Music)

Alexis Schroeder

"Simplifying Blockchain for Novice Investors: Introducing a Beginner-Friendly Analytics Platform"

Mentor: Simon Mak (Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship)

Sadikshya Sitaula

Sadikshya Sitaula '24

Children's Mental Health Awareness in Nepal
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Anna Su

Early Interventions in STEM Education: Examining Spectrums of Youth Interest in Engineering
Mentor: Richard Duschl (Engineering Education)
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Nrithi Subramanian

Mantra and Co.

Mentor: Anupama Shekar, Center on Research and Evaluation

Ephraim Sun

“Simplifying Blockchain for Novice Investors: Introducing a Beginner-Friendly Analytics Platform”

Mentor: Simon Mak (Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship)
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Tricia Tsang

A Comparative Analysis of Social Determinants in Health and the Efforts Done to Mitigate Them in South Africa and the United States

Mentor: Brad Klein (Human Rights)

Apurva Veeraswamy

Apurva Veeraswamy '24

Urgency in Chronic Disease Experience: An exploration of temporality and preventative care among Agape Clinic's diabetic patients
Mentor: Carolyn Smith-Morris (Anthropology)
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Eric Vu

Machine Learning for optimizing numerical integration for electromagnetic (EM) applications

Mentor:  Johannes Tausch, Mathematics

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Yvonne Yang

Speculo (film)

Mentor: Rebecca Flores (Film)

Ross Yenerich

"What's so Special about the Special Olympics?"

Mentors: Mark Allen (Advertising) & Ryan Blitzer (Film & Media Arts)

Anna Kelley Zielke

Anna Kelley Zielke

House Divided: A Young Adult Book Investigating America's Political Polarization

Mentor: Brandon Miller (History)