The Lutchen Fellowship

The Lutchen Fellowship was created through a generous donation from a Boston University College of Engineering Alumn, who was grateful for the research opportunities given to him during his undergraduate degree. The Fellowship provides students with a total $10,000 for a summer. This covers housing, a stipend and research expenses. Lutchen Fellows must work full time in the lab of an engineering faculty member for at least 10 weeks and cannot take summer courses.

The Fellowship includes $8,000 of a stipend and $2,000 for a research discretionary account to cover costs associated with the research such as research supplies, books, travel related to the research, etc. Expenditures on the discretionary account will require signature approval from an approved research supervisor. These funds do not need to be used during the summer of the fellowship; funds will be available for use on research expenses up to the last day of classes of the senior year, unless fully expended before then. Please note that the $8,000 stipend is considered taxable income (please consult with a tax professional).

Students are awarded the Lutchen Fellowship at the time of Admission to Boston University OR may apply after their freshman year. The application for current engineering students is available here.

Below are videos of previous awardees, outlining the research they completed with the Lutchen Fellowship:


Research in Automated Design and Manufacturing


Transport Properties and Morphology Associated with Bubble-Bursting Induced Jetting Phenomena


Optimizing Antibiotic Treatment Strategies using Small Molecule Inhibitors of DNA Damage Repair


Improving Adoptive T-cell Therapy with Recombinase Switches and CRISPR


Creation and Characterization of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Sheets for Repairing Congenital Heart Defects


Vascularizing Capillary-sized Microchannels for Tissue Engineering Applications


Research, Design, and Construction of Modelocked Thulium Fiber Laser


Minimizing Ringdown for Multi-Axis Micromirrors through Precise Multi-Step Algorithms


Line-of-Sight and Non-Line-of-Sight Free Space Communication Using Ultra-violet Light


Compressive Sensing Approach in Atomic Force Microscopy


View Past Lutchen Fellows