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BioEXCEL Gives Head Start to Incoming Freshmen

Rigorous five-week summer program offers science courses and leadership development

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July 25, 2011 | by Matt Paolelli
A group of 19 incoming Northwestern freshmen are getting an early taste of college life through the new BioEXCEL program sponsored by Northwestern University Ventures in Biology Education (NUVibe).

The rigorous five-week program is open to all incoming freshmen but appeals specifically to members of the Class of 2015 who are studying biological sciences or are planning to attend medical school. The four courses in the program serve as a refresher in biology, chemistry and calculus, while also developing students’ leadership skills and preparing them for the academic and social challenges of college life, said BioEXCEL Director Tim Morse.

While the students fill their days with eight hours of classroom instruction, lab work and presentations from a variety of guest speakers, the BioEXCEL program also includes a healthy dose of extracurricular activities to help the students get to know one another and become familiar with all that Northwestern -- and the surrounding Chicago area -- has to offer.

Field trips have ranged from a visit to the Feinberg School of Medicine’s downtown campus and a tour of pharmaceutical company Baxter International, to a Chicago White Sox game and a day at Six Flags Great America.

The program runs from June 27 through July 29. For more information, visit the BioEXCEL website.