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. 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.
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.
- Automatic acceptance in the Science and Health Living-Learning Center.
- SRF applicants must have been accepted to the Fall 2018 freshman class before submitting the SRF application.
- Apply to the Science Research Fellows by the deadline.
- SAT 1470 (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 4 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.
- 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.
I want to be a research fellow! How can I apply?
If you applied to Baylor through Common App or ApplyTx: Select Science Research Fellows as a major and you will receive an email within a couple of days to create your goBaylor account and can access the SRF application there.
If you applied through the Baylor Application: Select Science Research Fellows as a major (or call your admissions counselor so they can change it for you). Within a day or so your goBaylor account will change to the checklist and you will be able to access the SRF application there. Call your admissions counselor if you need help.
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