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NU Bioscientist Program

Started in 2011, the NU Bioscientist program is a research preparatory program for 30 incoming students to the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Even if you have never had the chance to do research before, we are here to work with you. Our program will help you:

What will I do in NU Bioscientist?

First, you will take two specially designed first-year seminars that satisfy the writing requirements of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In the fall, you will take Biological Thought and Action (Biol Sci 115), co-taught by two professors in the departments of Molecular Biosciences and the Science in Human Culture. You will also work with the program director on identifying and securing placement in a lab at Northwestern University. In the winter, you will take Science Research Preparation (Biol Sci 116), taught by the program director, to learn basic research skills and to develop a research project in cooperation with your lab.

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After taking the courses, you will submit a research proposal on your project to be reviewed by Northwestern faculty members. If approved, the University will pay you a living stipend that will allow you to conduct an 8 week research project in the summer of 2017.

After the summer of 2017, you will be able to choose if you want to continue research, either with your lab or by picking a new one. You can also apply to be a peer mentor for the program, advising the incoming NU Bioscientist class as they begin their research journey.

Why should I join the NU Bioscientist program?

Good question! Here are a few of the many reasons:

How do I apply? What is the deadline?

Selections for 2016-17 have already been made. Check back in March 2017 for the application for 2017-18.

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