Boston University is home to the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and creators. To celebrate students in the field of STEM, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite sciences and technology programs at BU.


From pre-college to undergrads, graduate students to postdocs, and faculty to staff, ARROWS aims to facilitate the advancement and success of Boston University’s women in STEM. Their mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at BU.

Girls Who Code

The Girls Who Code BU Chapter is a student group that aligns with the efforts of the national Girls Who Code organization. Their mission is to close the gender gap in tech and empower the community with skill-building, networking events, and mentorship with the national organization. Their “Bits and Bytes Mentorship Program,” run by volunteer undergraduate members, is a free opportunity for local girls in grades 3–12. By providing girls with positive role models and introducing them to computer science & tech, the Chapter hopes to empower young women to pursue careers in STEM.

BU National Society of Black Engineers

The BU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a support system for aspiring Black Engineers. The Society’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. As part of their extensive mentorship program, NSBE pairs students with alumni and professionals in the NSBE network. Support the Chapter.

UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

UROP connects BU undergraduate students with funded, faculty-mentored research projects. The program is flexible, allowing research study in any academic area university-wide, for any full-time undergraduate student at BU. For STEM students, this special experience allows them to study a field of interest and is a fantastic way to network with mentors and faculty. Support students in UROP.

BU’s Shipley Center

After Questrom alumnus Richard Shipley (’68,’72) donated an $8 million dollar gift to expand technology’s role in education, Boston University created the Shipley Center: home to different programs supporting the field of STEM. One of its projects offers new hybrid learning courses—a program that promotes a more active learning environment. Classes such as Electric Circuits
and Engineering Mechanics allow STEM students to be more actively engaged in their courses using the new technology.

Another opportunity at the Shipley Center is a program called C.A.R.E (Chemistry Active-learning Resources for Educators,) which aims to prepare students for upper-level courses in chemistry and biochemistry by providing them with in-depth webinars and study materials for the courses. C.A.R.E. works with the Educational Resource Center to help prepare students for their challenging courses in STEM.

BU’s Center for Computing & Data Science

Though the building is not quite finished yet, the sustainable and carbon-neutral Center will be the home to the new Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, departments of mathematics & statistics and computer science, as well as the renowned Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. For STEM students, it will be the perfect place to study and meet with faculty about research and expand their knowledge in the field. Support CDS.