Research Opportunities

Boston University is a major research institution pursuing knowledge and creating breakthroughs in everything from African studies to zebrafish genetics. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities. Many students participate in this active research community to enhance their educational experience and prepare for their future careers or academic pursuits.

Opportunities at CGS

The College of General Studies offers its students the chance to conduct research as early as freshman year. Using our Directed Study course, students may partner with a CGS faculty member to do research for class credit. If they instead wish to obtain a stipend, students may opt for the CGS Undergraduate Research Experience through the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning. In some instances, a student will partner with a faculty member based on an inspired classroom experience and common interest in a given expertise area. Other times, students know they want to do research, but don’t have a specific CGS faculty member in mind. Either situation is fine. Students should plan to stop by Student Services (room 211) to discuss Directed Study options or the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (room 215) to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Experience.

College of General Studies faculty members are active in a wide range of research and scholarship in disciplines such as behavioral ecology, Victorian literature, foundations of quantum mechanics, fiction and poetry writing, composition theory, European history, film, and political theory. Browse through our faculty profiles, or read recent faculty news articles to get a sense of our faculty’s diverse interests.

Opportunities Across Campus

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) connects undergraduates interested in conducting research with BU faculty members who help provide supervision and guidance. Students may participate in the program for academic credit, for a stipend, or on a volunteer basis. UROP publicizes and promotes faculty projects and helps students apply for funding, prepare research proposals, and disseminate their research findings.