SMART 2018 Student Application

Application Deadline

For the 2018 SMART Program, first priority will be given to eligible applicants who apply to and are accepted by the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). You may apply using the SR-EIP online application beginning November 1, 2017. SMART students will be selected by CU faculty from the pool of accepted applicants to the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP. Please go to the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP website for more information on how to register and apply.

Attention Neuroscience applicants! Students with an interest in the Neuroscience program at CU-Boulder are advised to choose "Life Sciences" as their primary research field when submitting an application through the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP website. CU-Boulder is not an option when applying to any of the Psychology disciplines on the SR-EIP website. We do read applications carefully, however, and we will be sure to match yours specifically to your desired field when it is under review.

Non SR-EIP Submission Information

For the 2018 SMART Program, first priority will be given to eligible applicants who apply to and are accepted by the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). However, applicants can still apply directly. The deadline for this method is February 15th, 2018. Those applicants should send application materials to:

SMART Program
University of Colorado
UCB 347
Boulder, CO 80309-0347

For more information, please contact the SMART office at the University of Colorado at Boulder:

303-492-4607 or

Completing the SMART application process consists of:

Information is also provided below about:

Statement of Interest

To the applicant: Please describe on separate sheets (2-3 typed pages) your interest in the SMART program. Your personal academic statement should explain why you want to participate in the SMART program, what you hope to gain from the program, and how this research experience will help you achieve your academic and career goals. Your statement should include a description of:

  • Your specific research interests
  • Any relevant research experience you have had in an academic or work setting
  • Your goals beyond earning a baccalaureate degree
  • The qualities you would contribute to the SMART program and how those qualities would benefit both the program and its participants

Please note that the statement of interest is the most important part of your application. Successful applicants are those who can demonstrate an understanding of research topics in their field and can express a particular interest in one or two areas available at CU-Boulder. SMART staff members are available to answer any questions applicants may have regarding their statements of interest. Please make use of this resource.

Please type your name on your statement of interest, and make sure that the print is clear enough to be legible when photocopied or scanned.

Application form

Although we would prefer your application in .PDF format, you can also download Word versions of the recommendation form, application and instructions.


Please submit official transcripts from all institutions you have attended directly to the SMART office. Transcripts must include Fall 2016 grades. Official transcripts are accepted directly from the institution or in the same packet as the application. If your institution offers the option of electronic submission of transcripts, they may be sent to Those sent with an application must be in a sealed envelope.

Financial Aid Information

Financial aid information is used only to determine an applicant's eligibility for the SMART program. The financial aid information received will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be used during the intern selection process.

If you are applying as an economically disadvantaged first generation college student (in accordance with federal income guidelines), please submit a copy of your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) or SAR (Student Aid Report). If you have not applied for financial aid, you may complete a FAFSA on the US Department of Education's FAFSA web site.

Students who meet program eligibility requirements based upon their race or ethnicity do not need to submit financial aid information.