The Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program is intended for undergraduate students who are interested in preparing for graduate degrees in science, math and engineering. SMART offers students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and participate in workshops designed to strengthen scientific writing and oral presentation skills.
SMART interns earn upper-division undergraduate credit in independent study, and receive a stipend, room and board, and travel expenses.
SMART Academic Areas
Interns may conduct research in 18 academic areas. These areas include:
- Aerospace Engineering Sciences
- Applied Mathematics
- Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
- Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Behavioral Genetics
- Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
- Geological Sciences
- Integrative Physiology
- Information Science
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
You may use the links to learn more about the departments, faculty, and research areas.
*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.
Application Deadline and Submission Information
For the 2021 SMART Program, applicants must apply through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). 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. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.
For more information, please contact the SMART office at the University of Colorado at Boulder: