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by Biomed
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Did not receive interview yet, should I reach out to SFs?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: Did not receive interview yet, should I reach out to SFs?

Lol, as soon as I finished typing that, he called! Had a great 30 minute chat. We really hit it off so I'm feeling much better. I think I was right that they didn't really know how SMART works but now he's aware the deadline is approaching so I'm hopeful that my name will be on the short list. He a...
by Biomed
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Did not receive interview yet, should I reach out to SFs?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Did not receive interview yet, should I reach out to SFs?

It has been a month already, and with no interviews I'm getting a bit concerned. I remember reaching out to some SFs a few years ago when I made it as a semi-finalist (again with no interviews), but the response was mixed - some SFs were polite at best and others were downright hostile. For those wh...
by Biomed
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Interview calls
Replies: 57
Views: 2353

Re: Interview calls

sloth wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:12 am
Has anyone who applied as an environmental sciences applicant been contacted yet? I know the number of applicants and awardees in this category is few and far between.
Following this - anyone who applied for Biosciences or Biomedical Engineering been contacted yet?
by Biomed
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Semifinalists
Replies: 55
Views: 3755

Re: Semifinalists

I emailed two department heads to introduce myself. I think it shows initiative but I can see that it might get annoying, if it's a competitive SF. I mainly opted to do so because mine doesn't seem to get scholars often so I wanted to make sure they were aware that I was even applying. Did the SFs ...
by Biomed
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Semifinalists
Replies: 55
Views: 3755

Re: Semifinalists

I noticed that 4.3% of applicants are BME in 2020 and 0% were awarded. Does anyone know why this would be? If there are BME facilities wouldn't they are least take a few? I'm a semifinalist BME so just curious. The BME field classification is relatively new to the program. When I first applied back...
by Biomed
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Semifinalists
Replies: 55
Views: 3755

Re: Semifinalists

SMARTuser wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:14 pm
Anyone know the acceptance rate of people notified they are a semifinalist? For example, If SMART selects 1000 semi-finalists, how many of those are extended an offer? 1 in 5, 1 in 10 etc.??
You can find that type of info on the website: https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart?id=program_stats
by Biomed
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Semifinalists
Replies: 55
Views: 3755

Re: Semifinalists

Dilly wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:50 pm
This is going to be the longest week ever.
I noticed that for a majority of the years (not all) the semi-finalist notifications drop the first Monday of February.

Wonder if we'll get it by the end of today?
by Biomed
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Semifinalists
Replies: 55
Views: 3755

Re: Semifinalists

anm12 wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:48 pm
Do we find our either way?
We all get an official email.
SkyWalker15 wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:25 pm
Any updates or emails yet?
We'll get notified probably beginning of February.
by Biomed
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: 2021 Applicants Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 3647

Re: 2021 Applicants Thread

Spoke to the SMART office today. As of 3:15, there were about 2000 completed applications and about 8000 in progress. The person I spoke with indicated there might be over 500 scholarships awarded this round. I'm curious if making the test scores optional this cycle made people more competitive in ...
by Biomed
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

Well folks, looks like I called it - standardized testing IS waived this cycle! Test Scores Standardized test scores will not be reviewed as part of your application. In previous years, SMART has required test scores for Freshman, First Year Associate and graduate applicants. This year, due to limit...
by Biomed
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: how to optimize my application, as well as other questions
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Re: how to optimize my application, as well as other questions

> I am considering triple majoring with the third degree in either pure mathematics or statistics. At most this would push me back by one year. Not worth it, especially if it sets you back another year. If you are already getting an Applied Math degree, what is the point in triple majoring with pur...
by Biomed
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Standardized Testing Scores - Waived this cycle?

With many schools waiving standardized testing this application cycle (SATs/ACTs/GREs), what do you think are the odds that SMART will also waive these requirements? Personally I think this should be standard if the STEM program you got into didn't require these in the first place. I find it a bit o...
by Biomed
Thu May 28, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: SMART social media pages
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: SMART social media pages

Piggybacking off of what TomNook said, you want to look into the forum section on Federal Soup. On reddit, I found r/usajobs and r/fednews to be helpful, although those are geared towards all fed employees rather than DoD specifically.
by Biomed
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Getting a non-SMART DoD Facility to become an SF
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Getting a non-SMART DoD Facility to become an SF

Evening everyone, Has anyone ever gotten a non-SMART DoD facility to become an official Sponsoring Facility? I'm a civilian engineer (federal employee) working for the DoD but unfortunately my organization is not affiliated with SMART, much less heard of it. I've been trying to ring this up to my ch...
by Biomed
Thu May 04, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: You Can See if Your School Got An Award This year
Replies: 130
Views: 49691

Re: You Can See if Your School Got An Award This year

If the school data is correct, I didn't get the award. I'm 99% sure I was the only one to apply from my school and it isn't listed.

To everyone else, good luck!

Edit: I received invalid user/password error, so it looks like "Temp Closed" means you got the award.
by Biomed
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back
Replies: 6
Views: 2727

Re: Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back

Hi Biomed, I had a 3.96 undergrad GPA in a traditional engineering discipline plus a full year of paid internships. As far as I know I being considered by just one sponsoring facility and they may not even select me. Those whole thing has the same cruel randomness as applying to an ivy league schoo...
by Biomed
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back
Replies: 6
Views: 2727

Re: Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back

Unless you were only willing to accept an offer from your top SF, there is still a chance that you have been recommended without interview by another SF. Many past recipients indicated never having been interviewed. I picked my top 3 SF choices with regards to the research and work experience I had...
by Biomed
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back
Replies: 6
Views: 2727

Called HR at my top choice for SFs and heard back

As the title says, I called HR at my first choice for SF selection (they did not previously contact me before this). They informed me interviews already went out and have already determined who they are going to sponsor. Well guys, it's been fun. At least I don't have to wait for the April notificat...
by Biomed
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: It's Feb 1st, will an email come even if I'm didn't make it?
Replies: 48
Views: 21010

Re: It's Feb 1st, will an email come even if I'm didn't make

crossyourfingers wrote:Is anyone else able to look at the 2016 award data under the program stats tab on the smart website? This could be a sign they are getting ready for the 2017 stats eh?
Can't access it either; all I get is this error on their page:

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