Turning students into researchers

UROP's mission is to nurture curiosity, to capture imagination, and to cultivate relationships between faculty and students beyond the classroom to shape independent, innovative, and collaborative leaders.

We have 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.

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Anna Henchman

“Whenever I had a question specific to the topic I was working on, Professor Henchman always had an answer, or she would point me in the direction of a book that would allow me to think further about the problem at hand. Furthermore, Professor Henchman helped me establish connections with other members of the BU faculty when she felt that their area of expertise would be a valuable addition to my research.” Brett Driben, CAS 19

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Faculty: get involved with UROP today. Sharing a research opportunity with students is easy and convenient. All you need to do is fill out a quick form here.

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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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UROP has allowed me to delve into research that extends beyond domestic borders and understand how others view the world. Not only have I grown as a researcher, but I have explored ideas surrounding the human connection that will extend beyond my time at Boston University

Hailey Hart-Thompson

CAS Independent '21; COM Film & TV '21

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

Professor, CAS English