The SMART application is more extensive than other summer research programs. We believe that our application needs to be extensive in order to select the best applicants with different backgrounds, experiences, and talents.

The SMART application process is simple, yet comprehensive. The entire application is designed to give students from different universities an opportunity to highlight their strengths. We have a large selection committee composed of Baylor College of Medicine faculty who spend a lot of time reviewing the applications and selecting applications.

Please read through all of our FAQs and below components with instructions before attempting to the complete the Online ApplicationIf you are a freshman, laboratory experience outside of high school and college course work is required for acceptance.

Application Components:

Calculation of GPA: This calculation must be completed by all applicants whose schools do not provide a calculated GPA on the transcript or whose schools use a system that awards other than 4 grade points for an "A". The calculated GPA should be recorded on the electronic application in the designated position.
If your school(s) provide(s) a calculated GPA with a standard 1-4 point system, you do not need to recalculate your GPA, but you do need to record the GPA provided on your transcript in the designated position on the electronic application.
To calculate GPA:
1.For each college course in which you have received a letter grade assign the following point value to each grade:
A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 F=0
2.For each course in which you received a letter grade, multiply the point value by the number of credit hours. For example an A in a 3 credit (hour) course would be worth 12 grade points.
3.Add the total number of grade points = points x credits.
4.Add the total number of credits.
5.To get the average GPA, divide the answer in #3 by the answer in #4.
6.To be qualified to apply to the SMART Program your GPA should be between 3.0 and 4.0.
Record the calculated GPA on the SMART Program application


All unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended, including the Current Semester, must be uploaded on the application. You may email the transcripts to or mail to the address below if you complete the application before the current fall grades have been received.  You do not need to submit transcripts from previous colleges you may have attended IF the LETTER grades appear on your current transcript.  You will be required to submit an OFFICIAL copy if you are selected to participate in the program.

Career Goals

REQUIRED: Statement of Career Objectives (limit 100 words).


Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Here is the order of preference if available.

  1. If you have previously worked at Baylor College of Medicine, a letter is required from your Baylor research mentor.
  2. If you have previous research experience from either your home campus or an off campus facility, a letter is required from the faculty member.
  3. If you do not have research experience then you must submit two letters from faculty members from your home campus.

An email will be automatically sent to the references you list on your application once you complete the application and submit it. You may forward the Reference Form link to your references for completion as well. All Letters of Reference are due by Feb. 1.

Research/Training Experience

  • If you are a freshman, you must have research experience outside of the course lab work.
  • REQUIRED: Explain how your prior or new research has or will benefit you. (limit 500 words)

Personal and Employment History

OPTIONAL: Please describe obstacles you have overcome in your life to obtain an education (limit 500 words).

Certify and Submit

By typing your name, you are certifying the information in your application is true and complete. Submit!

Transcripts must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1 or sent electronically to on or before Feb. 1. Please have your transcript(s), to include all grades through the fall term prior to applying to the summer program from all colleges or universities you have attended. EXAMPLE: if you are applying to the 2018 SMART Program we need grades through the fall of 2017. You MUST submit an OFFICIAL transcript if you are selected to participate in the program.

Mailed to:

Baylor College of Medicine
SMART Program
ATTN: Program Assistant
One Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM215
Houston, TX 77030


Last year, we received more than 600 applications and we considered each application. The application is due on Jan. 10; transcripts (if not submitted with application) 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 successful applicants are notified via phone and e-mail. Successful applicants will receive an information packet and forms.

Applicants who were not selected are welcome to apply next year, provided they still satisfy the application criteria. The 2018 program dates are May 29-July 27 with a move in date of May 28 and move out date of July 28 .