Frequently Asked Questions
- What year do I need to be entering in fall 2016 to participate in RISE?
You need to be entering your senior year in fall 2016.
- What is the difference between the Research Internship and the Research Practicum?
Internship students are matched with a mentor and work on individual research projects while Practicum students collaborate on a group research project in molecular biology. Please review the individual program pages for more details.
- Is this a commuter or residential program?
Most students live on campus, but students can commute as part of the Research in Science & Engineering Program.
- Can international students participate?
The RISE program is not open to international students.
- Where can I get an application for the Research in Science & Engineering Program?
Applications are available on the How to Apply page.
- How many students attend the Research in Science & Engineering Program?
We expect approximately 100 students to participate in the RISE Program in 2016. Students live and participate in social activities with High School Honors students which when combined total nearly 200 students.
- Do you have a specific format for the teacher and guidance counselor recommendation letters?
Yes, we do. You can find the Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Form on our website.
- What if I have not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT or PLAN?
A PSAT, SAT, ACT, or PLAN standardized test score is required for admission.
- How competitive is the RISE Program? About how many students are accepted?
The Research in Science & Engineering Program is highly competitive and selective. We received 750 applications for 100 slots in 2015.
- Can I check to see if my application is complete?
We will send you a confirmation email once your application is complete. You may also call our office at 617-353-1378 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check on your application status.
- How long after I send in my application should I expect a response?
Students will receive a response within 6 weeks of the application deadline (March 1, 2016).
- Once I am accepted into RISE, am I required to go to the program?
You can either accept or decline our offer of admission, but we ask that you inform us of your decision as soon as possible after you receive an acceptance packet. Please note that attending students are required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place in the program.
- If I am accepted into RISE, how soon do I need to inform the RISE office that I plan to attend the program?
We ask that you let us know within two weeks after receiving your acceptance. We will provide an acceptance deadline in the acceptance email. Please note that attending students are required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place in the program.
- Will I know my research project before I accept my placement in the Research Internship Program?
You will learn about your professor and his/her research before you accept your placement but not about your specific research project. You will meet your professor and other mentors as well as learn about your project at the RISE orientation on July 5, 2016.
- What is the cost of the Research in Science & Engineering Program?
Please see the Tuition, Fees & Aid page for a detailed description of the cost of attending the RISE Program.
- How do I pay?
There are several methods of payment for the RISE Program. Please see the How to Pay page for a detailed description of your options.
- Is there financial aid available?
Yes, there is limited financial aid available. Awards are based on a combination of need and academic merit. View our Tuition, Fees & Aid page to learn how to apply for financial aid.
- Do you take students to visit other colleges?
No, we do not travel as a group to visit area colleges, but you may arrange your own visits within the Boston area during your free time. We do offer a college workshop with our Office of Admissions.
- Is there a curfew?
Yes. Students must be in the dorm by 11 pm during the week (Sunday through Thursday) and midnight on weekends (Friday and Saturday). Students are then free to visit with friends in the common areas on the fourth floor until 1 am during the week (Sunday through Thursday) and 2 am on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
- Are students free to leave campus?
We arrange a planned activity once per weekend and a few additional activities throughout the six weeks to help students get to know each other, the campus, and Boston. All planned activities are mandatory. However, during free time students can leave campus as long as they have at least one other High School Honors or RISE student with them and let a Program Assistant know they are leaving. All students must be back in the dorm by curfew or the start of the planned activity.
- Can a parent visit a student during the program?
If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with his or her student or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, it must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. In addition, the student’s parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian can email a letter of permission to email@example.com. The letter should include details about the visit, such as the time that the student will leave and return to campus and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
- Can a student visit relatives or family friends in the Boston area during the program?
Students are able to visit relatives or family friends within city limits. The visit must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. In addition, the parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The letter should include details about the visit, including when the student plans to leave campus, who the student will be visiting, the location of the visit, and the time the student will return to campus. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
- What is the schedule of activities for the RISE program?
You can see a sample schedule of activities on the Schedule of Social Events page.
- Is there any fee for visiting the Student Health Services Center?
Yes, there is a $25 co-pay fee each time a student visits the Student Health Services Center.
- Who can I contact at Boston University if I have more questions?
We are happy to help you. You can find all of our information on the Contact Us page.