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Biological Sciences Conducting New Placement Test; Registration Deadline This Friday, January 15

We are reaching out to you today in the event that you have possible interest in Biological Sciences coursework.

We are pleased to announce that based on the revised early Biology curriculum starting this year, a Biological Sciences Placement Exam will be offered remotely during the week of January 18th, 2021. Through this exam, students can place directly into BIOL_SCI 202 Cell Biology offered every Fall quarter without completion of BIOL_SCI 201 Molecular Biology offered every Spring quarter. Any student who has not yet completed BIOL_SCI 201 (or BIOL_SCI 215 from the 2019-20 catalog) is welcome to take the placement exam. We encourage any students interested to take the Biology placement exam, regardless of their prior coursework before enrollment at Northwestern. The test evaluates core competencies in the subject area of Molecular Biology and goes further than the content of AP or IB Biology, such that the program anticipates that a small percentage of students will be placed into BIOL_SCI 202 based on this exam.

Any student interested in taking the placement exam should submit an interest form by January 15th here:
As always, please feel free to reach out to us here at the biological sciences office with any questions that you have!

Best Regards,
Biological Sciences


Global Im/Mobilities: Borders, Migration, and Citizenship

***New Course for Winter 2021***

Global Im/Mobilities: Borders, Migration, and Citizenship

SPANISH 397-0-2 (Class # 26909)
ANTHRO 390-0-31 (Class # 29054)
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 2:00PM – 3:20PM
Instructor: Dr. Charles A. McDonald

This seminar asks the following questions about borders, migration, and citizenship:
(1) What are the forces—political, cultural, and environmental—that facilitate or inhibit human circulation? (2) How do governments, NGOs, scholars, and wider publics draw distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate forms of human mobility (e.g., “economic migrants” versus “refugees”)? (3) How are migrants affected by efforts to regulate their movement, and what alternative forms of citizenship and belonging have they created? Drawing on a geographically diverse range of examples, we will read widely across anthropology, history, and political theory, as well as journalism and fiction. Collectively, we will explore the ways that global im/mobilities have been lived,  and how they shape our world today.

Global Immobiliities Flyer 2021

Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award

Northwestern Seniors,

Please think about a high school teacher who made a difference in your life and take a few minutes to nominate that person for the 2021 Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. The nomination process takes only about the length of a study break, but can make a world of difference to a teacher. Former honorees say that “having someone feel that way about what I am doing in my class is amazing”.

Give back. Nominate a teacher today at . Applications are due December 14th at 11:59 PM.

Recipients of this award each receive $5000, as well as $5000 for their schools, and are honored during Commencement activities. To hear about the experiences of former winners, please visit our website.

Please contact with any questions. All students who nominate a teacher before the early deadline, November 25, will be automatically entered to win NU winter wear gear or $100 Amazon gift card.

ConnectNU Has Replaced Inspire; Schedule Your Advising Appointments Using ConnectNU!

ConnectNU is Northwestern University’s new online undergraduate advising platform that you can use to schedule your advising appointments. Use the following links to learn about the new system and to log into ConnectNU!

ConnectNU Log In:

Undergrad Advising ConnectNU:

ConnectNU guide for Students:


The Jeopardy! National College Championship

We are currently casting for an all-new competition featuring 15 colleges from across the country. The Jeopardy! National College Championship promises to be a competition like you’ve never seen before! 

Please help us spread the word to your current undergraduate students and have them take the test to see if they could be the new college champion. We’d love to have students from Northwestern University represent the best and brightest on Jeopardy! In addition, students have a chance to win some money for their student loans – a win-win!

Here is a video of Alex Trebek announcing the College Championship. I have attached a flyer for you to send out, along with the link to where the students can take the test. Students should set aside at least 15 minutes and start by taking the Jeopardy! College Test now! We strongly urge students to take this test in the next 2 weeks.

(test can be found at the bottom of the page). 

Help us make a Greek Chorus!

AMTP and UC Davis are working together to create a new experimental music theatre project entitled re: [CLICK], and we are in search of a wide range of people to be a part of our “greek chorus”.

To be a chorus member is simple!

*Assigned two short lines from the script

*Asked to record them on your own in two different ways

*Record in any environment and wear clothes you’re comfortable in

If you’d like to participate, please email Assistant Director Sarah Assaad ( who will follow-up with the script and more specific instructions. We are looking to assemble 100 people, so we welcome everyone to participate whether they are a self-described performer or not.

We must have all videos submitted by November 21st, so don’t delay!

Please pass this opportunity along to anyone who might be interested.

re: [CLICK]

Devised in response to Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger

Adapted for Digital Performance, and Co-Directed by Margaret Kemp and Roger Ellis

Choreographed by Roger Ellis

Click follows a hacktivist named Fresh who turns industrial espionage into high art. As this virtual Banksy takes over the global imagination, the man who stole her life develops a technology that sends the two of them on a collision course at the heart of the corporate empire, where innovation comes at any cost. A cyberpunk drama for the #MeToo era, a story of trauma, transformation and reclaiming who you are.

Splash Volunteer Opportunity

Splash at Northwestern is an one-day educational outreach event where Northwestern students teach their favorite topic to high school students from Chicagoland and beyond. This year, we have over 50 classes and over 90 sections. Since the event is going virtual, we are looking for volunteers to moderate the classrooms. Responsibilities include managing the zoom room, taking student attendance, and assisting the teacher when needed.

The event is on Saturday, November 14th, 10AM-3PM CT. You can choose to moderate one or more sections. Please fill out this form if you are interested. And we sincerely appreciate any help.

Additional information about Splash can also be found on our website. If you have any questions please reach out to us at!

Hope to hear from you soon,
Splash at Northwestern |
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Advising System Transition from Inspire to ConnectNU

Northwestern will launch a new advising platform, ConnectNU, on November 10. Like Inspire, ConnectNU is an online undergraduate advising platform which students and advisers use to schedule appointments and send messages. You will access ConnectNU exactly the same as you did with Inspire.

In the transition from Inspire to ConnectNU there are Important Actions and Dates related to Scheduling Advising Appointments to discuss Winter Registration.
In the table below you will see important actions and dates. Please read through the table to understand that you may want to use Inspire now to make future appointments before the move to ConnectNU on November 10.

Important Dates for Using ConnectNU
Up to November 9Students can use Inspire to schedule a future advising appointment to occur up to November 13. No appointment times will display in Inspire beyond November 13.
November 9Last day for students to use Inspire.
November 10Students can log into ConnectNU although will not be able to view the appointments set up in Inspire (advisers and school staff will be able to view student appointments). Students will continue to receive reminders for future appointments that were made in Inspire. Should a student encounter a login problem with ConnectNU write to or call 847-491-HELP.
November 10Students can login to ConnectNU and use the Schedule function where an adviser has appointments available. Not every office or adviser will have immediate availability. A student who didn’t schedule a future appointment using Inspire and wants to meet with adviser who does not have immediate availability in ConnectNU can contact their adviser or the Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising
November 16Students can schedule an appointment in ConnectNU.

Civic Engagement Certificate Program

Find your place in working toward social change with the Civic Engagement Certificate Program  

The past six months have brought us the many challenges associated with COVID as well as a groundswell in racial justice movements. The next few months will bring an election and potential transition of power.  The Civic Engagement Certificate Program provides a forum for students to consider these world events and find their place in making a difference.

The program gives students the skills and experiences necessary to become civic leaders, while learning about how communities come together and support one another. Through hands-on community engagement and classroom learning, students gain a deeper understanding of communities and are supported in endeavors to achieve positive social change. The two-year program builds on these engagement opportunities by culminating in a capstone project in collaboration with a local organization.

The Certificate is a partnership between CCE and SESP, but is open to students from any school or major.  All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply.

An info session was offered via Zoom on Wednesday, October 28th, the recording is posted here.

Contact Nathan Frideres ( or Gus Haffner ( with questions.