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:
- Acquire knowledge of the research process and skills necessary to succeed in research labs
- Appreciate the historical, societal, and ethical impact of biological and biomedical research
- Identify and join a research laboratory at Northwestern University
- Develop a research project and write a research proposal
- Get money for living expenses so that you can perform a research project in your lab for 8 weeks in the summer of 2017
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.
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:
- You will get an early start on research in a structured program. Faculty, staff, and graduate students will be available to mentor you throughout your first year and beyond. In addition, every NU Bioscientist is paired with an undergraduate mentor who has successfully completed the program.
- You will be able to fulfill your first-year seminar requirement with two of the few seminars offered in biological sciences. Every student in these classes is a fellow NU Bioscientist, and they are just as excited about research as you are.
- There are numerous opportunities for undergraduates to get involved with research at Northwestern; however, it is easy to get overwhelmed or confused if you choose to go it alone. Our program staff will guide you through every step of the process and keep you focused and on schedule.
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.Back to top