Information For Students

If it’s research that interests you, Boston University offers an impressive number and range of opportunities for students. Our reputation for cutting-edge science and innovative thinking has been growing for well over a century. As you read this, BU students and faculty are working on hundreds of research projects with sponsored funding exceeding $350 million.

Right now we’re studying life in space, underwater, and throughout the world. We’re exploring in laboratories, libraries, theaters, and the human mind. We’re investigating fuel cells that run on bacteria and a vaccine that fights cancer with cancer cells. We’re finding new ways of writing plays and answering unresolved questions about the evolution of the universe.

Explore some of our current research projects

Opportunities

High school students

Boston University Academy
A small co-ed high school with a classically based curriculum where intellectually curious students take classes at Boston University

Boston University K–12 Education and Outreach
Projects for students and teachers at all grade levels are under way in a number of different schools and colleges at BU

High School Summer Research Internship
With hands-on research opportunities, students will explore the many facets of university-level research

BU Summer Theatre Institute
A five-week conservatory experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
You may be surprised to learn how soon you can get a foot in the laboratory door at BU. Our professors frequently have undergraduates, including freshmen, assisting them on groundbreaking projects. BU students can perform research on a volunteer basis, for academic credit, through the work-study program, as a mentor-funded assistant, or with the aid of a UROP grant.

On-Campus Research Opportunities
A comprehensive list of research opportunities for full-time undergraduates at Boston University

Off-Campus Summer Research Opportunities
Browse information on a wide range of summer research opportunities around the US

Graduate students

Graduate Affairs
Providing leadership for the University’s graduate education initiatives, working closely with the Provost and the Deans to articulate an institutional voice and promote continued excellence in graduate education

Federal Programs for Graduate Research PDF
A comprehensive report that contains a list of federal government scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs that provide support for graduate students

Postdoctoral students

Postdoctoral Affairs
Coordinates non-research related training for postdocs and to provide opportunities to develop areas of professional development

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
A list of training, scholarships, and other funding opportunities for postdoctoral students

Postdoctoral Policies
Obligations and expectation of both the organization and the postdocs

International Scholar Services