2021 Scholars Applications Are Open

About this program

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. It is funded by a prestigious $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Inclusive Excellence program (HHMI IE), which has only been awarded to only 57 universities in the nation.

AEES participants will learn about undergraduate research projects from faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics and Astronomy. They work closely with a selected group of peers, take advantage of ongoing faculty mentoring, and take AEES seminars and Math for the Natural Sciences in their first year at WWU.

First-Year Students Apply by March 3

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.

Transfer Students Apply by May 15

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.

Criteria

  • 3.0+ GPA (for first-year students)
  • Academic interest in Chemistry, Biology, Marine Biology, Marine & Coastal Science, Geology, Earth Science, Physics & Astronomy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Optometry, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Dates

The priority deadline for full consideration is March 3 for first-year students and May 15 for transfer students.

Learn More

Dr. Marco Hatch, a Samish Indian Nation member, and Assistant Professor at Western Washington University working with an undergraduate research student in local tidal pools.
Dr. Melissa Rice and students in a geology classroom.
A student in a tie-dyed lab coat uses laboratory glasswear.

Benefits

Guaranteed access to an exclusive set of science courses and programs during your first year at Western.

Fall Quarter

  • Seminar 1 – Becoming a Student of Science (2 credits)
  • Math for the Natural Sciences (3 credits) or English 101 (5 credits)
  • General University Requirements (5 credits)
  • Course in major requirements (5 credits). May include Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math or Physics and Astronomy.

Winter Quarter

  • Seminar 2 – Understanding Scientific Research (2 credits)
  • English 101 (5 credits) or Math for the Natural Sciences (3 credits)
  • Math (5 credits): Depends on math placement and coursework already completed.
  • Course in major requirements (5 credits). May include Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math or Physics and Astronomy.

Support & Community

  • Support from our faculty mentoring program throughout your time at Western.
  • Connection with a small cohort of peers allows students to get to know other students and form study groups more easily than students in larger classes.