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Research in Mathematics Education (RME)
New assessment tool for teachers to measure math reasoning skills can drive effort to intervene early in ongoing struggles of U.S. elementary and high school students. A $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, targets the ongoing struggle of U.S. elementary and high school students with math. Read more.
The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) is one of the many support programs across campus solely intent on student success. Through the help offered by A-LEC and other centers on campus, students build confidence, develop sharper skills, and learn to navigate the rigors of their academic and social lives.
For most, dorm life is a short interlude between living at home with your parents and your first apartment. For Dedman College chemistry professor David Son, returning to the dorm—with his wife and two children—was an opportunity to build a community, and more community-minded SMU students. Learn how he engages SMU students with family meals and a parent’s care.
“It is overwhelming to be in the company of Winston Churchill, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jonas Salk and the ‘mother’ of my own discipline, Margaret Mead,” said noted SMU anthropologist Carloine Brettell as she contemplated her induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It’s an extraordinary honor, but well deserved. Read more about Professor Brettell’s research and accomplishments.
It’s no secret that travel broadens one’s horizons. Every year, SMU students strike out for far corners of the world to learn, experience and grow, becoming truly global citizens. Read their experiences here and discover how they made where they went part of who they are.
Patricia Nance ’17 knows how to fight through a problem. She takes her inspiration and fighting spirit from her grandmother, who has beat back cancer twice. Through the support of the Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Patricia is able to focus on her research—synthesizing antibacterial polymers—and make the world better for her grandmother, and everyone else.
Congressman Sam Johnson’s gifts to SMU reflect life of service
Johnson’s dedication to public service spans a 29-year military career and 26 years in the U.S. Congress. SMU celebrates the creation of The Hon. Sam Johnson Endowed Military Scholarship Fund and the donation of his historic papers and other materials to the University’s special collections repository. Read more.
FACILITIES & TECHNOLOGY
Meet “Evie,” the Mobile Greenhouse
The SMU Fund propels academic centers and community engagement efforts that make possible hands-on projects such as Evie, an experimental mobile greenhouse developed by students at the Hunt Institute for Engineering to help low-income communities access fresh produce. Read more.
“Night at the Club”
These clubs—and hundreds of other opportunities to grow and learn on campus—are possible through your generosity. Thanks to you, 1,423 incoming students will have a better and broader education and SMU experience.