Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

SMART Admissions


Scholars Programs


We welcome applicants who are a part of the programs listed below. Please contact the program administrator at if you are a part of a scholars program and apply! Don't forget to also provide this information on your SMART Program application.

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Non-U.S. Citizen Applicants


Prior to accepting an offer for a position in the SMART Program, all Non-U.S. citizens must contact the Baylor International Services Office (ISO) and communicate with one of the ISO representatives at (713) 798-4604 or Non-U.S. citizens will be required to submit a copy of the work authorization or an I-20 endorsed with curricular practical training (CPT) from the sponsoring school. U.S. permanent residents, will need to submit a copy of the permanent resident card, commonly called a "green card."

If you do not contact the International Services Office or you are unable to provide proof of your work authorization, the offer will be withdrawn.

We only accept students attending college in the U.S.


Profile of a Successful SMART Applicant


We look for a solid academic background, strong reference letters, and a statement demonstrating passion for research and knowledge of the scientific process. The ideal candidate has intellectual curiosity, drive, and perseverance. Each year, the group is diverse in background, talent, experience, and personality.

Previous research experience (outside of classes or associated lab courses) is highly valuable, however it is not required (except of first-year students - freshman status in college). We understand that your college may not have many laboratories or you may not have yet had the time to devote to research.


SMART Program Application


Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in early October 2024. Applications, unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation are due electronically by Jan. 20, 2025. You are only required to submit an official transcript only after you are selected to participate in the program.


Successful Applicants


Applications are considered complete once we receive your two letters of recommendation on or before Jan. 20, 2025.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Successful applicants will be notified starting mid-February.

Please note if you are selected to participate in the SMART Program, you will be required to send in the following:

  1. Proof of medical insurance
  2. Proof of immunization records
  3. Official transcripts within 14 days of your acceptance of our offer 

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