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Application for Science Math and Research Training (SMART) Program

The SMART series of courses is designed for students who are passionate about science and scientific research and interested in exploring these passions in a highly mentored, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

SMART is a year-long program where students enroll in an integrated, team-taught biology/chemistry course along with a coordinated course in Calculus I and II. In the fall, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 1 with Lab and SMART Calculus I. In the spring, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 2 with Lab and SMART Calculus II. The biology/chemistry component of the program will cover introductory topics in a thematic fashion. The first semester will focus on antibiotic resistance while the second semester will focus on infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDs.

If you are interested in interdisciplinary, cutting-edge science, and believe that working closely with a diverse group of faculty mentors and student peers is the way of the future – this course is for you!  No prior research experience is required - we are looking for students who are intellectually curious and willing to work hard to achieve their goals. No prior calculus experience is assumed, and in fact students who have had courses in calculus in high school are encouraged to apply for the IQ Science Course.

Application deadline is June 30. Accepted students will be notified by July 7 and sent instructions on how to register for the course.

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Short Essay

Please answer the following questions.

  1. The SMART course is one where science is explored in an interdisciplinary manner, where students work together in teams, and where labs are research-like experiences. Why does learning in this way sound exciting to you?

  2. Describe a course in high school that was difficult for you, and how you approached it.

  3. College is the time when you will explore your many passions. Given that, what would you say you are most passionate about at this point in time?

  4. What are your long-term career goals?

  5. Recruiting and retaining student interest in science is the key to addressing the “shrinking pipeline” of talented people with science and technology skills. As well, increasing the diversity of the scientific workforce is paramount to the continued advancement of science. How do these issues relate to your interests and previous experiences?