Turning students into researchers

UROP has been fostering faculty-mentored research experiences for BU undergraduate students since 1997. Our faculty mentors serve as guides, coaches, and facilitators—our student researchers hone critical skills while learning the language of their chosen discipline. Learn more about how you can get involved in faculty-mentored research or internships, scholarships, and more.

What’s in it for you?

Faculty connections

Few universities support undergrad research as strongly as BU, and that support is evident in the enthusiasm of our faculty mentors. Students and mentors work as a team—sharing ideas, facing challenges, tracking progress. The benefits of this working relationship could last well beyond graduation.

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Prep for what’s next

UROP excels at preparing students for life after graduation. Research experience is a recognized advantage for students on virtually any post-graduate path. In fact, a rewarding UROP experience has led more than one student researcher to reconsider their post-graduation plans.

Beyond the classroom

Faculty-mentored research provides exciting opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-time challenges. Student researchers explore areas of scholarship in depth, apply entrepreneurial thinking, develop problem-solving and communication skills. You’ll make real contributions to faculty projects through hands-on experience that will help you succeed in the classroom and beyond.

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As a classics major and education minor, I saw UROP as a way to break out of my academic comfort zone with a more hands-on, applied research experience.”

Claire Brown

CAS Classical Civilization ’16

Serving as a faculty mentor benefitted me immensely…it gave me new perspective on my research and how to present to a wider, non-specialist audience. I would absolutely encourage any faculty member to participate in UROP.”

Carrie J. Preston

Associate Professor, English