Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Application

Master
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Please keep in mind that research experience is any laboratory experience outside of a high school or college course lab and is required of freshmen only.

Do not submit letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts, resumes or pictures by mail, email or fax.

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Skills Assessment Sheet

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This is a very important part of the application and we recommend applicants take their time in completing the information to the best of their ability. The skills assessment sheet helps us in matching the applicant with a potential laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine. Experience in class refers to theoretical knowledge in the classroom. Lab experience is listed as lab courses or work experience (usually during a summer). If you gained experience on your own (like experience with computer programs) list that under work experience.

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Letter of Recommendation

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Letters of recommendation are very important. Choose people that know about your potential in a lab setting and who will be able to articulate your skills and other qualities in the letter. We recommend you not request letters from coaches, high school teachers, physicians you shadow, faculty in liberal arts courses or politicians. A letter from a Post-doc., who was your direct supervisor, will be accepted only if it is co-signed by a faculty member. Contact your prospective recommenders well in advance and allow them plenty of time to prepare the letter. The letters should be specific and provide examples of your strengths and comment on areas you need to strengthen. Once you click save and submit on your completed application, an email with a link will be generated to your recommenders requesting the submission of a letter for you.

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Essays

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SMART Program applicants submit an essay describing prior research or, if you have not done research, the areas in which you are interested. Please include the information requested on the application. You may also submit an optional essay on obstacles you have overcome to gain an education or in life. We are not interested in contrived situations, but want to consider special circumstances people have faced. You do not need to reveal any personal information with which you are uncomfortable. Please do not reuse general personal statements from other summer program applications.

These essays provide us with a unique perspective that helps us understand applicants. We suggest that you write several drafts and have a mentor, faculty, career center, and/or lab co-workers critique your essay.

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Transcripts

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You must submit by mail "official" transcripts from all the colleges and universities you have attended to include grades through the 2012 fall term to:

SMART Program
One Baylor Plaza
MS BCM 215
Houston, TX 77030.

Copies will not be accepted.

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Timeline

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Last year we received more than 600 applications and we consider each application. The application is due on Jan. 10, transcripts and letters of recommendation are due by Feb. 1 of every year. We accept applicants beginning in mid-to late February. The review process is usually complete in late March and we let successful applicants know of decisions via the phone and email. Successful applicants will receive a packet of information and forms.

Alternate applicants will be able to check the status of their application online. Applicants who were declined are welcome to apply the following year if they still satisfy the application criteria.

Alternate applicants will be able to check the status of their application online. Applicants who were declined are welcome to apply the following year if they still satisfy the application criteria. The 2014 program dates are May 26 to July 25.