What is the Science Research Fellows Major?

The Science Research Fellows (SRF) is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students for a successful career in research in fields like biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, psychology, neuroscience, environmental science, anthropology, and geosciences. Established in the Fall 2017, this flexible major prepares students to immerse themselves in research on their favorite science field early on in their studies while giving them the freedom to explore other fields of study.  SRF students are expected to join a research lab at the start of their sophomore year and stay for at least 2 years.  They receive individualized mentorship and guidance to make their career goals a reality.  The Science Research Fellows is the first major of its kind in the nation.

Science Research Fellows Entering Class 2018

Science Research Fellows Entering Class 2018

Why be a Science Research Fellow?

There are many benefits to being a Science Research Fellow, including:

  • The ability to interact closely with professors, graduate students, and other undergraduates who share your passion for research.
  • Personalized, one-on-one advising and guidance on classes, career goals, and ways to further your education.
  • Mentoring on future career plans and close guidance with graduate school applications.
  • Trips to science conferences to present your research.
  • Help preparing applications for scholarships and fellowships such as the Fulbright, Goldwater, and Marshall Scholarships.
  • Being part of a close-knit group of scholars supporting and cheering on each other.

Process Timeline

Application are reviewed in two cycles following the timeline below. Applicants will receive their decision notification by email.

Applications received by December 1, 2019 - students will receive notification on January 15, 2020

Applications received by March 15, 2020 - students will receive notification on April 3, 2020

SRF applicants must have been accepted to the Fall 2020 freshman class before submitting the SRF application. 

Kathleen Klinzing

Kathleen Klinzing SRF Entering Class 2017

Admission Requirements
  • Apply to the Science Research Fellows by the deadline.

  • Minimum SAT 1450 (new SAT) and above on verbal and math sections or 1420 (old SAT) and above on verbal and math sections or ACT 32 and above (superscore)

  • On the SRF application answer a few short essay questions discussing your future plans and how the Science Research Fellows major fits into those plans.

  • Provide two letters of recommendation from high school teachers.  At least one of the letters must be from a science teacher. Please use your goBAYLOR account to submit your teacher's email address. If you do not have a ltter from a science teacher, the teacher can send their letter directly to our office at Science _Fellows@baylor.edu (they must use school letterhead paper and sign it).

White Coat Ceremony - 2018

White Coat Ceremony 2018

Major Requirements*
  • Keep an overal GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • Chapel (2 semesters)

  • REL 1310 and REL 1350

  • PSC 2302

  • ENG 3300**

  • Complete 21 hours of upper division science courses with the prefixes BIO, CHE, PHY, PSY, NSC, ENV, ANT, and GEO.  Most of the classes will be in your favorite subject but you will be encouraged to get minors in other sciences.

  • Complete a minimum of 16 hours of Science Research Fellows (SRF) credits including SRF 1306, 1307, 4102, and 4103.  Fellows receive credit for the work in lab by taking SRF 3V90 and SRF 4V90.

  • Complete 124 hours, including 36 hours of 3000/4000 level credits.

*All SRF majors are required to take these classes.  Notice that SRF does not have a second language requirement and does not require English literature or American literature (ENG 2301 or ENG 2304/2306). **ENG 3300 has ENG 1302 as pre-requisite but the majority of fellows come into Baylor with AP English credit.

Scholars Day-2019

Scholars Day 2019

Fill out the SRF application available through the goBaylor app.  Remember that students must meet the requirements before their application is considered. Call your admissions counselor if you need help.

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