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Arch Scholars is a suite of four different programs - Bio&ChemEXCEL, Bridge I and II, NU Bioscientist, and the Posner Research Program - designed to welcome, engage, and support students who attended high schools with little or no AP/IB preparation or who are among the first in their families to attend college.

Some students become Arch Scholars in the summer before their first-year by participating in either Bio&ChemEXCEL or Bridge. Others join the Arch family in the fall of their first-year by being admitted to the NU Bioscientist program. And still others come on board as rising sophomores in the Posner Research Program or Bridge II.  Whenever and however they join us, Arch Scholars forge lasting friendships and develop skills necessary for success at Northwestern and beyond. 

Bio&ChemEXCEL (June 30 - August 4, 2018) is a pre-orientation program for admitted students thinking about STEM disciplines such as biology, chemistry, or neuroscience, especially if they're interested in learning more about science research here at Northwestern.

Bridge (August 19 - September 20, 2018) is a pre-orientation program with two tracks, one emphasizing quantitative thinking and recommended for students interested in chemistry, economics and other STEM disciplines; and the other honing critical thinking and research skills and recommended for students interested in the humanities, social sciences, or journalism

NU Bioscientist is a two-quarter program that runs during the first-year for students interested in performing research in the biological, biomedical, neurobiological, chemical, or cognitive sciences. Even if you have never conducted research before, you are encouraged to apply.

The Posner Research Program (June 24 - August 18, 2018) enables rising sophomores to conduct research under faculty guidance during the summer after their first-year.

Bridge II (September 2 - September 20, 2018) is open to rising sophomores intending to enroll in either organic chemistry or upper-level economics courses.

Former participants of our programs are encouraged to return in our mentoring programs. You can be an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for the summer programs, a NU Bioscientist Peer Mentor, or an Arch Scholars Peer Mentor. Contact Dr. Luke Flores for more details on how to get involved.

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