Meet the Staff

Dr. Tom Gilmore
Program Director

gilmoreDr. Tom Gilmore assumed the Directorship of UROP in August, 2007. He is a Professor in the Department of Biology, where he has been teaching and conducting research since 1987. Dr Gilmore received his BA in English from Princeton University and his PhD in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to Boston University, he performed post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with the late Nobel laureate Dr. Howard Temin. Dr. Gilmore’s primary area of research focuses on the molecular biology of cancer, especially as it relates to lymphoma. Recently, he has also been conducting research on the evolutionary origins of the immune response in simple marine organisms, such as sea anemones and coral. Dr. Gilmore has authored over 100 scientific publications, and his research has been recognized by awards from the American Cancer Society. Research in his lab is currently funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. In addition to training graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, Dr. Gilmore has taken a strong interest in undergraduate research and, over the years, has had approximately 80 undergraduate researchers in his lab at Boston University. In 2009 he was awarded the Metcalf Cup & Prize in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education at Boston University.

To contact Tom Gilmore, send an email to or call the UROP Office.


Melissa Christine
UROP Assistant Director

melissa2Melissa Christine joined the UROP Staff in May 2007 after working in the Pre-Professional Advising Office at Boston University from 2003-07. Melissa graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication. She has earned Masters degrees in both Policy, Planning & Administration (with a specialization in Higher Education Administration) (2007) and School Counseling (2011) from Boston University.

As Assistant Director for UROP, Melissa handles many financial and operational aspects of the program, including the UROP application and funding process and program promotion to students and other groups. She also coordinates workshops and events such as the weekly summer workshops and the annual UROP Symposium.

Melissa is available to meet with students and faculty to discuss UROP funding programs and the application process. She is also happy to meet with students who would like to have their applications reviewed prior to the submission deadline.

To contact Melissa, call the UROP office or email her at



Tina Fresta
UROP Program Administrator
SURF Program Manager

Tina Fresta joined the UROP Staff in May 2012 after graduating from Boston University with a degree in Earth Sciences and a minor in English. Tina was active on campus as an undergraduate, including participating in several mentoring programs as well as a work-study student in the UROP Office, and she is looking forward to furthering her involvement with the BU community through UROP.

As Program Administrator, Tina provides assistance with processing applications and awards, oversees the student employees in the office, maintains the website, and prepares informational materials. She is also the Program Manager of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, for which she recruits students and provides support. Tina is available to advise students on how UROP can supplement their undergraduate careers and to assist students with their applications.

To contact Tina, call the UROP office or email her at


Student Staff

In addition to the professional staff, student employees assist with UROP’s operations and can answer many questions regarding program offerings and technical questions regarding the application forms. This year our student employee is Annika. Student employees can be reached by sending an email to or by calling the UROP office.

Faculty Advisory Committee

The UROP Faculty Advisory Committee reviews applications for most UROP awards and advises the staff on matters of academic policy for the program. The Faculty Advisory Committee for 2013-14 is comprised of the following faculty members:

  • Catherine Caldwell-Harris, CAS Psychology
  • Rob Carey, CAS Physics
  • John Celenza, CAS Biology
  • Philip Haberkern, CAS History
  • Susan Kandarian, SAR Health Sciences
  • Kenneth Lane, CAS Physics
  • Paul Lipton, CAS Neuroscience
  • John M. Marston, CAS Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Jordana Muroff, SSW School of Social Work
  • Deborah Perlstein, CAS Chemistry
  • Valentina Perissi, MED Biochemistry
  • Wayne Snyder, CAS Computer Science
  • Joe Tien, ENG, ENG Biomedical Engineering

We welcome full-time BU faculty members who are interested in participating in the Faculty Advisory Committee to contact the office or Dr Gilmore directly. Faculty from all disciplines are eligible for consideration.