Other Research Opportunities at Boston University

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.

CELEST
The Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology (CELEST) hosts a summer program for undergraduate students with CELEST faculty members who utilize experimental and/or computational approaches to the neuroscience of learning. Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. Learn more about CELEST here. http://celest.bu.edu/events-and-programs/summer-program/about

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellowships
Boston University was awarded a grant from the HHMI to enhance undergraduate research in Neuroscience (http://www.hhmi.org/news/boston20100520.html). One goal of the HHMI program at BU is to increase the early-stage research experience of undergraduates. As such, the program intends to fund approximately 40 BU undergraduates (after their freshman or sophomore) years for summer research in Neuroscience laboratories across BU. More information about the HHMI program at BU can be found at http://hhmineuro.bu.edu/.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences provides a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students whose professional goal is to attain a PhD in a basic or biomedical science and a career path as a research scientist. Students are matched with faculty mentors and placed in the well-equipped laboratories of the preclinical departments of the Division. After a period of orientation to the lab students develop an independent research project. More information about the program can be found here. http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/admissions/undergraduate-summer-research-program/

PROSTARS
The PROSTARS summer research program gives Boston-area Community College students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research in physics, chemistry, or biology.  Supported by the National Science Foundation, student research will be conducted in laboratories in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, or Biology all of which have outstanding faculty and exceptional, modern facilities. http://www.bu.edu/prostars/cc/

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS)
The SIBS program is for BU and non-BU students interested in mathematics, statistics, biology or health sciences who would like to learn how to apply methods to investigate important health issues. This is a six-week program (June 11 – July 20, 2012). Students received classroom training and perform hands-on research with practicing biostatisticians, epidemiologists and statistical geneticists. Costs for housing, tuition, meals, and extra-curricular activities are covered by the program.  For more information see:  http://sph.bu.edu/Biostatistics/summer-institute-for-training-in-biostatistics/menu-id-617790.html

For Engineering Students:

Lutchen Awards
Each year, 10 Lutchen Fellows from the College of Engineering spend the summer engaged in a transformative research experience under the guidance of a faculty member. Students must maintain a 3.0 average to be eligible for the fellowship, and may conduct their projects during the summer following either their sophomore or junior year. More information can be found at http://www.bu.edu/eng/research/ugrad/.

Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS)
College of Engineering undergraduates engaged in faculty-mentored full-time research experiences during the summer may apply for the STARS program. STARS participants will receive 10 or 12 weeks of housing in a Boston University residence hall or a contribution towards off-campus housing costs. To be eligible, students must receive a weekly stipend from an engineering faculty mentor to participate in full-time research during the summer (summer courses are not allowed). Applications are due in March. More information can be found at http://www.bu.edu/eng/research/ugrad/.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
A summer program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in which students work on faculty-mentored research projects. Participants receive a weekly stipend and free on-campus housing. Applications are due in March. Further details are available at http://www.bu.edu/eng/research/ugrad/reu/.

Summer Research Opportunities beyond BU
Many other universities, institutions, and government agencies provide summer research opportunities for undergraduates. UROP provides a database of links for some of these summer research at other institutions at the following website: http://www.bu.edu/urop/students/summer-opportunities/.