Research Internship in Science & Engineering
Spend six weeks this summer conducting university-level research in state-of-the-art laboratories, alongside some of the sharpest scientific minds in the country.Program begins June 30th »
The application deadline for the RISE program has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2013.
Under the mentorship of our distinguished faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, high school summer research internship (RISE) students work on a research project designed by their professor for forty hours a week. You will conduct research in a discipline of your interest, gaining valuable technical and analytical skills, as well as insight into the scientific process.
We have research opportunities in the following subject areas: astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics, and psychology.
The Big Picture
Hear from a RISE student
Whether residing on campus or commuting, summer research interns enjoy a stimulating intellectual and social camaraderie with their peers, culminating in a scientific conference at the end of the program. Each student presents his or her research by creating a poster. In some cases, research interns submit their work to national science fair contests such as the Siemens Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search.
Angela Massey, who pursued a research internship in astronomy under the guidance of Professor Andrew West, co-authored a paper in the Astronomical Journal. In addition, her research landed her a place in Gambit's "40 under 40" —the New Orleans magazine's list honoring locals under 40 for their extraordinary accomplishments.
Joshua Kubiak, who pursued a research internship in chemistry under the guidance of Professor Scott Shaus, was a finalist in the 2011 Siemen's Competition in Math, Science, & Techonology. His project was titled "Asymmetric Conjugate Addition of Ortho-Quinone Methides as a Pathway to Communesin Analogs."
For 35 years we've been facilitating rich research opportunities for high school students in Boston University labs. Our program has helped jump start the career of many a scientist, researcher, and professor. Become a part of this illustrious group of alums!