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Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science (AEES)

The Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science (AEES) Program helps students, especially first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, and women, succeed in the natural sciences. Up to 72 incoming first-year and 24 incoming transfer students participate in this program each year. 

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Becoming Engaged Engineering Scholars (BEES) Program

This program is designed to better engage academically-talented, low-income students from diverse backgrounds with Western’s three undergraduate engineering programs. Participants receive academic, social, and career support services for the first two years of their undergraduate study.

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Biology Distinguished Scholars

The Biology Distinguished Scholars Program helps to create a diverse group of talented students who have a broad array of interests in Biology. These students take preparatory courses for Biology and related majors together, as a cohort. Up to 24 incoming first-year students are selected to participate each year.

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College of Business and Economics (CBE) Distinguished Scholars

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) Distinguished Scholars Program is open to academically successful students who are interested in business and economics. Approximately 20-25 students are selected each year.

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Computer Science and Mathematics Distinguished Scholars

There are two Distinguished Scholars programs for students who intend to study computer science and/or math at Western. They are both designed to excite first-year students and integrate them into the computer science community. Both programs help students access introductory CS courses so they can declare the CS major in their second year.

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Chemistry Distinguished Scholars

The Chemistry Distinguished Scholars Program offers an opportunity to up to 24 incoming first-year students each year. The program places students into groups that are guaranteed enrollment in introductory courses, including Honors General Chemistry. These courses offer a smaller, more inclusive learning environment, and provide a gateway to genuine research experiences in the Chemistry Department.

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Marine Science Scholars

Western’s Marine Science Scholars Program is a distinctive experience for 21 entering first-year students. These scholars learn about contemporary environmental issues facing our marine and coastal environments. They also gain experience, professional development skills, and exposure to scientific research and data collection.

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Future Woodring Scholars

Woodring is committed to transformational change that supports increased understanding and respect for differences and similarities among people and cultures. The Future Woodring Scholars program is part of Woodring's commitment to this change. This program allows students to explore teacher education and human services programs and professions early in their Western experience. Approximately 40 scholars are invited to participate each year.

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