BioEXCEL 2014: Saturday, June 28th - Saturday, Aug 2nd
OverviewBioEXCEL is an exciting academic and leadership development program for students interested in the biological sciences. Highly-motivated students from across the country will complete a stimulating five-week summer program on the Northwestern University Evanston campus. BioEXCEL students will live together in a Northwestern residence hall and have the opportunity to experience college life under the mentorship of residential peer counselors. The program will prepare students for the rigors of academic life while also providing a social network of peers. BioEXCEL classes will prepare students for their success at Northwestern University by helping participants develop a strong foundation in core competencies including calculus, chemistry, biology and leadership skills. Students will take four courses and benefit from extracurricular, social and career related activities. Activities will include residence hall movie nights, outdoor gatherings, weekend trips to Chicago area summer festivals, sporting events, and opportunities to meet with relevant leaders and professional associations in biosciences fields. Upon successful completion of the four BioEXCEL courses students will receive 2 units of academic credit towards the 48 total units required to earn a Northwestern degree. In addition, students enrolled in the program will receive classroom instruction and materials for each of the four BioEXCEL courses, as well as room and board. The program will also provide a stipend to students who live more than 90 miles outside of Chicago to offset some of the costs related to round-trip transportation. Students are expected to pay a $200 activities fee. All incoming Northwestern freshmen are eligible for BioEXCEL. Selection is based on a demonstrated interest in the biological sciences, a potential for leadership, and a commitment to diversity. Students are automatically considered for BioEXCEL after a review of their application for admission to Northwestern, but can also indicate their interest in the program by contacting the BioEXCEL Director, Luke Flores, at email@example.com.
BioEXCEL/ChemExcel participants take four classes over the course of the five week program: Chemistry, Calculus, Biological Science Research Highlights, and Leadership Projects. These courses are designed to prepare students for the academic rigor of the upcoming freshman year and expose them to up-and-coming areas in the biological sciences and career opportunities in this field. For more details see our course information page.
In addition to the academic program, BioEXCEL/ChemEXCEL parparticipants also complete a number of activities designed to build a sense of community and to familiarize themselves with Northwestern resources and the surrounding Chicago area. Visits to several area attractions, combined with on-campus presentations, will provide participants with an in-depth preview of life at Northwestern well before their classmates arrive in the fall. (Learn more...)