Engaged Learning Senior Application Cycle is OPEN

Engaged Learning Senior Application Cycle is open now!
Deadline to apply – September 15!

Are you a SMU senior who will graduate Dec 2015 or Jan 2016?
Are you a SMU faculty or staff member who is directing a senior in a capstone-level project?

Important information -Senior projects, independent studies, theses, honors or distinction research, and other amazing creative community activities count as Engaged Learning projects. Get them listed on your transcripts.

Apply now at http://www.smu.edu/Provost/EngagedLearning/APPLICATION

Come to Engaged Learning for Graduating Seniors: what, why, how
Tues, Aug 25 or Wed, Aug 26 in Clements G11 or
Contact Engaged Learning at engagedlearning @smu.edu

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Hamilton Scholars Applications are NOW OPEN

I am pleased to announce that the Hamilton Scholars Program (supporting Undergraduate Research Assistants) has been graciously funded for another year by Dan Hamilton and Diane Buford, the children of Jack and Jane Hamilton. They continue to be impressed by the collaborative research on this campus that engages faculty with undergraduate students.

The program is now accepting proposals the Academic Year 2015-2016. The deadline is Friday, AUGUST 28, 2015.

All Hamilton Scholar proposals (maximum length 2 pages) should identify the student and the student’s background and contain a brief description of the project the student will be working on as well as the time frame–one semester, two semesters. Please also include the student’s ID number and best contact telephone number. Academic year Hamilton Awards can be matched by University Awards making $3000/academic year available or $1500/semester. Normally students are paid at the rate of $10/hour and hence can work up to 150 hours/semester. (For more information on the Hamilton Scholars program, see the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute website: www.smu.edu/dedman/dcii).

Please note that all projects involving Hamilton Scholars must be meaningful research and learning experiences for the students involved, but they also should help faculty members to advance their research. The funds should be used to compensate the student but budgets can include up to $200 for research expenses. The Hamilton funds have also been supporting travel to professional meetings for Hamilton Scholar students who wish to present their work at a national forum. Applications for such awards are on a case by case basis.

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Research / Engaged Learning Project Opportunity!

Dear student researchers,

Please see below an opportunity to engaged in research related to economic/entrepreneurial strategies to improve the financial state of full-time Methodist ministers. You could turn this into an Engaged Learning Project and be supported by URA as well.


“Engaged Learning Project Opportunity: Researching Entrepreneurial Methods to Improving the Economic Condition of Full-Time Methodist Ministers

The Perkins School of Theology recently won a grant to study why ministers are leaving the profession. A key hypothesis is that the current economics of a full-time Methodist minister is inadequate and thus the increasing trend of exits from the profession.

The research component I am working on, and am seeking an Engaged Learning (EL) student’s assistance, is to propose entrepreneurial methods to improving a full-time Methodist minister’s economic situation. The student research will include researching the state-of-the-art in community-based funding programs, as well as social media implemented financial support strategies, and then make recommendations to Methodist leadership.

I am seeking a student by Feb 28, 2015. If accepted by Engaged Learning, you will receive some financial support for your efforts from EL, augmented with some funds from the grant if needed.

Dr. Simon Mak
Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship
SMU Cox Dept of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics
Associate Director
SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

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Spring 2015 TSGC Design Challenge!

Dear student researchers,
Please see a flyer and information below about the 2015 TSGC Design Challenge. The program offers more than $1000 in team funding throughout the semester, plus competitive scholarships. Deadline is January 30, 2015 and you can find more information at www.tsgc.utexas.edu/challenge.

TDC_Notebook_S15 announcement Flyer

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Microgravity Student Research Opportunity – Jan 28!

Dear student researchers,

Please see below a flyer with some information for a new microgravity student research opportunity. The deadline to apply is January 28. Learn more here:  https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov


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Big iDeas Business Plan Application Deadline – Jan 25

Hi all,

Below please see information regarding the upcoming Big iDeas Business Plan application cycle. If you have a great business idea, develop a business plan and pitch in front of a panel of judges on Fri, Jan 30 at the Big iDeas Business Plan Competition and you could win up to $5000!

BP Competition digital sign

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Volunteer Opportunity with Kids-U

Dear student researchers,

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities during the semester or the summer period, below find information about Kids-U. This program offers free tutoring to at risk kids in grades K-8th.

Kids-U Volunteer and Work Study Flier

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities through NASA, NSF and REU!

Dear student researchers,

Please see below and links and information to opportunities for research via pathways to science.

For Undergraduates:

Paid Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Placements:

Over 800 programs – REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads



For Financial Support in Graduate School:

Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines:



For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:  



For tips on applying and associated resources:



For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:



For opportunities specifically in Engineering:


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Duke University now taking NSF Noyce Teacher Fellowship applications

Dear student researchers,

The Duke University Master of Arts in Teaching Program is currently accepting applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Teacher Fellowship. The Duke Noyce Fellowship is a prestigious, NSF graduate fellowship that recruits highly-successful math and science majors to become high school science and math teachers through Duke’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. The fellowship provides at least $30,000 of tuition support and a $1,000/month stipend. Conference travel awards of up to $800 and leadership development opportunities are also provided. Highly competitive candidates will be provided full tuition remission. Applications for admission are due on January 30, 2015.

Please contact Program Manager, Kate Allman, at kate.allman@duke.edu if you are interested in learning more. ​

Noyce Recruitment Flyer

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM Internships

Dear student researchers,

See below a flyer for the 2015 Homeland Security STEM Internship program. It provides students with the opportunities to engage in quality research at federal facilities across the country and also provides a great avenue to establish connections with professionals from the Department of Homeland Security. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive a $6000 stipend plus travel expenses. Application deadline is December 22nd and more details can be found here


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