Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Undergraduate Research

The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship organizes programs that enable undergraduates to participate in rich learning experiences through undergraduate research and creative works, working closely with Southwestern faculty members on projects and problems of significance.

SCOPE Summer Research Program

In this student-faculty collaborative summer research experience for Southwestern students, SCOPE Scholars spend eight weeks conducting full-time research on the projects of Southwestern faculty mentors.  The mission of SCOPE is to foster a culture of research at Southwestern, made possible by student-faculty collaboration; to promote student investigative learning, persistence, self-efficacy, and success; and to create an inclusive and diverse research community.  Proposals are generally due in October.  To learn more about the SCOPE program, visit the SCOPE website.

Research and Creative Works Symposium

The Research and Creative Works Symposium - From Every Voice has developed into one of Southwestern’s most important academic events. Sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty Office and the Paideia Program, the Symposium’s grand display of various interests, expertise, and in- and out-of-classroom experiences of Southwestern students, faculty and staff and encapsulates the spirit of a liberal arts education.

Southwestern University will hold the annual event on April 10, 2018 in various locations throughout the University.  The event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Christine Vasquez.

Fleming Student Travel 

To further support students’ learning and professional development experiences, travel funds are available for students presenting their work at national and regional conferences.  For more information, please review the Fleming Student Travel Fund Guidelines.  To submit an application, complete the Fleming Student Travel Application.  Priority consideration is given to those submitted by the deadline for the relevant semester.  Applications should be submitted electronically to  Christine Vasquez.  

King Creativity Fund

The King Creativity Fund program is to support the creative endeavors of students enrolled at Southwestern University. The program encourages, stimulates, and maintains creativity by providing funds to defray the direct costs of conducting innovative and visionary projects, either on- or off-campus. All proposals submitted from students must have a letter of support from a member of the Southwestern faculty, staff or administration who is willing to serve as an advisor to the student. The King Creativity Symposium is held in the spring at Southwestern University in the Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center.  The Symposium displays project exhibits and presentations.