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Arch Scholars

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Arch Scholars is a series of programs designed to support students whose high schools offered little AP preparation or who are among the first in their families to attend college. We provide academic preparation, research opportunities, leadership training, and a community of students, staff, and faculty who will work with you throughout your four years at Northwestern. Check out the options below and then apply online! 

Pre-enrollment Programs

Bio&ChemEXCEL is a five-week, intensive summer program for students interested in majoring in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, or pre-health fields. Students take four courses (Calculus, Chemistry, Biological Research Highlights, and Leadership) and receive two elective credits with grades. Students who might be interested in conducting science research at Northwestern are encouraged to apply. Program dates: June 24th - July 29th, 2017.

Bridge is a four-week, intensive summer program offering two parallel tracks - one for students considering coursework in chemistry or economics, and the second for students interested in the humanities, journalism, and social sciences. Students who complete the program receive two elective credits with no grades. Students who did not take AP or IB coursework are especially encouraged to apply. Program dates: August 13th-September 8th, 2017.

First Year Research Programs

NU Bioscientist is a research preparatory program for students interested in biological, neurobiological, chemical, cognitive, and biomedical sciences. Students take two specially designed first-year seminars: Biological Thought & Action (BIOL SCI 115-5) in the fall and Science Research Preparation (BIOL SCI 116-6) in the winter. With the program, we will help you find a research opportunity and secure money to conduct a research project in the summer of 2018. Even if you have never conducted research before, you are encouraged to apply.

The Posner Research Program engages rising sophomores in summer research projects under the guidance of Northwestern faculty members. Thanks to the generosity of Brian Posner, a Weinberg alumnus, the program is able to provide housing, food, and a living stipend to selected students, free of charge. Interviews for the program will open in February 2017.

Beyond the First Year

Bridge II is a four-week summer program for rising sophomores interested in taking Organic Chemistry (CHEM 210 or 212) or advanced economics (ECON 310). Completion of the general chemistry sequence (CHEM 101-103 or ECON 201/202) is a requirement of the program. Program dates: August 14 - September 8th, 2017.

Former participants of our programs are encouraged to return in our mentoring program. You can be an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, an Undergraduate Residential Counselor, a NU Bioscientist Peer Mentor, or a member of our Leadership Council/Executive Board. Contact Dr. Luke Flores for more details on how to get involved.

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