SMU emphasizes undergraduate research. Academic departments are increasingly sponsoring students to engage in independent activities abroad either through participation in structured study abroad programs such as the School for Field Studies, undergraduate research assistant program or independent projects abroad.
School For Field Studies
SMU approved the School for Field Studies as a unique opportunity for students to combine study abroad with environmental education and research. SMU encourages students to consider its semester programs in Costa Rica (environmental sustainability) and Kenya (wildlife conservation).
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program
Faculty members in all undergraduate colleges (Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Meadows School of Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, and Cox School of Business) are engaged in research. Students can explore Research Assistant positions which may involve international travel.
Richter International Fellowship Program
The Richter International Fellowship Program allows SMU undergraduate Honors students to conduct independent research that is international or multicultural in nature. Richter Fellows, work with a faculty sponsor to develop and implement their projects, and if accepted receive funding to conduct one to three months of research over winter or summer break, generally abroad. Upon returning, Fellows write and submit a scholarly article based on their research with intent for publication.
Students interested in the Richter International Fellowship program should contact the University Honors Program office for further information.
Tower Research Fellowships
The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies offers several research fellowships to SMU undergraduate students to pursue collaborative work in politics and government. The undergraduate fellows work closely with faculty in developing a research project resulting in publication or a final paper presented at a professional meeting or before a faculty committee.
National Science Foundation and Undergraduate Fellowships
In various departments, ranging from anthropology to physics, SMU students have received fellowships to work with or under the supervision of professors with the support of funding from the National Science Foundation. Some awards involve international research.