BU Summer Research Programs

In addition to the UROP and SURF summer research awards, Boston University hosts a number of other undergraduate summer research programs. A list of several of these programs is provided below. If you are interested in a given program, you should contact that program directly.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
The SURF program promotes access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering.

Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program provides students from outside of Boston University the opportunity to engage in cutting edge, basic chemical research projects that address biological problems. Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Photonics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Integrated Nanomanufacturing
The Photonics Center provide undergraduates and community college students majoring in or having an interest in Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical and Computer and Materials Science Engineering with an opportunity to actively participate in cutting edge summer research projects.

Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) offers a summer research program to academically talented students who aspire to become medical or research scientists. Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS)
The SIBS program is designed for undergraduates interested in mathematics, statistics, biology, or health sciences. Students receive classroom training and perform hands-on research with practicing biostatisticians, epidemiologists, and statistical geneticists. Costs (housing, tuition, meals, extra-curricular activities) are covered by the program.

Astronomy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Much of the research in the BU Astronomy Department focuses on cosmic magnetic fields, ranging in size from magnetic fields on the Earth and individual exoplanets to vast clusters of galaxies. Many BU astronomers answer similar questions and use similar techniques, though at vastly different scales. Topics for student projects will expose undergraduate researchers to magnetic field phenomena in the universe, and include areas such as solar physics, auroral and ionospheric physics, and heliospheric science, as well as magnetic fields on stars, exoplanets, blazars, and clusters of galaxies.

Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience (BRITE) in Analysis and Interpretation of Information-Rich Biological Data Sets (REU)

 This research experience for undergraduates (REU) site in the Bioinformatics Program will host 8 students for 10 weeks each summer. The students will receive training in bioinformatics methods for the analysis and interpretation of large data sets obtained from high-throughput biological experiments. Each student will be assigned two mentors, a Bioinformatics faculty member and a Bioinformatics graduate student. Educational activities will include training in Python programming and large scale parallel processing; workshops on scientific communication, including creating a poster and presenting a talk; and workshops on the basic steps for applying to graduate school.

Focus on engineering

Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship (DSRF)
The Kenneth R. Lutchen Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship Program sponsors 10 College of Engineering students in faculty-mentored summer research. Students must maintain a 3.0 average to be eligible, and may participate during the summer following either sophomore or junior year.

Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS)
College of Engineering undergrads engaged in full-time, faculty-mentored research during the summer may apply for STARS program. Participants receive housing in a BU residence hall or reimbursement for off-campus housing. To be eligible, students must receive a weekly stipend from an engineering faculty mentor to participate in full-time summer term research (summer courses are not allowed).

Summer Research Opportunities beyond BU
BU is a leader in undergraduate research. But many other universities, institutions, and government agencies provide summer research opportunities, too.