THE MISSION of the one-year QSB program is to train students in quantitative and systems biology approaches and techniques that will enable them to succeed in top Ph.D. and M.D. programs or directly enter research careers in industry or academia. 

There is a tremendous demand for quantitative and computational skills to tackle “Big Data” and to employ systems approaches in biomedical research and personalized medicine ... are you ready? 

The QSB program is ideal for students who:

  • Have deferred Ph.D. starts because of COVID-19
  • Want to improve their skills and credentials for Ph.D. applications
  • Want to enter biomedical research at an advanced level

The QSB program provides intensive research and course-based training that equips students with the skills to enter industry or graduate programs at a higher level.

Fall 2020 Application timeline (UPDATED - APPLICATIONS OPEN)

  • December 1, 2020: Applications open
  • February 1, 2021: Application review and rolling admissions begin
  • May 14, 2021: Applications close (but since thesis lab matches are determined on a first-come, first-serve basis earlier applicants have more opportunities)
  • May 30, 2021:  Last day to accept QSB admissions offer

COVID-19 Plans for 2021-2022

  • Northwestern University plans to fully reopen for in-person learning in Sept. 2021
  • All adults living in the state of Illinois are eligible to receive free COVID vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J currently available as options)
  • By June 2021, all adults in the US who want a vaccination should be fully vaccinated.  (As of April 11, 45% of adults have received at least one vaccination and 27% are fully vaccinated)

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