Giving to UROP

How can I give?

To discuss ways in which you can support UROP with a tax-deductible contribution directly to our program, please contact our Director, Dr. Paul Lipton, at 617-353-2020 or palipton@bu.edu. For example, named fellowships or travel awards can be established with continuing donations.

Why give to UROP?

UROP would like to provide funds to support every student who qualifies for our program. However, because our funds are limited, we are generally able to support all of the many high-quality applicants to our program. Each year, interest in undergraduate research grows as students and faculty realize the benefits of undergraduates working in the research setting.

Students who participate in undergraduate research usually have an advantage in applying to graduate programs, as they have already gained valuable experience in their chosen field. Reference letters from their faculty mentors are able to give a clear idea of students’ intellectual abilities, practical skills, and academic potential. By participating in undergraduate research, students also have the opportunity to try out a potential career path, which can help them with the often difficult choices that come after college.

All Boston University undergraduate students, regardless of major or college within the University, are eligible to participate in UROP. People often view research as something that happens only in scientific or engineering labs, but BU students also have research opportunities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Projects funded by UROP span the entire range of interests at the University, from Biology and Engineering to Economics and Sociology to History and Religion. A gift to UROP is an opportunity to help Boston University undergraduates achieve their professional goals.

What would my contribution support?

Funds given to UROP directly support student research activities, including the following:

  • Stipends for student researchers (academic year and summer)
  • Supplies for student researchers and their laboratories
  • Student participation in professional conferences
  • Travel for research purposes
  • Student enrichment activities