Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship (DSRF)

The Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship program was created through generous donations from Boston University College of Engineering Alumni. The first 10 fellowships, named in honor of Dean Kenneth Lutchen, were established in 2010 through a donation by an anonymous alumnus. In 2015 an additional three fellowships were established through a donation by alumnus Joe Healey. Each fellowship provides students with $10,000 for a summer. This covers housing, living expenses, and research expenses such as supplies, books, and related travel.  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.

Distinguished Summer Research Fellows must work full time in the lab of an engineering faculty member for at least 10 weeks and cannot take summer courses. The $10,000 is considered taxable income (please consult with a tax professional).

Students can be awarded a fellowship at the time of admission to Boston University OR may apply after their freshman year. Current fellowships include the Lutchen Fellowship and the Healey Fellowship. The application for current engineering students is available here (application is now closed).

Below are videos of recent awardees, outlining the research they completed with the fellowship.


Above: Video profiles of the 2017 Distinguished Summer Research Fellows


Rachita Chaudhury
Wearable Breast Cancer Imaging Probe
Lutchen Fellow

Harshit Harpaldas
Quality Control of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Zanzibar
Lutchen Fellow

Cyril Saade
Designing a Thermal Simulator for Emerging Computer Chips
Hakim Fellow

Zachary Lasiuk
Lowering the Barrier of Entry to Microfluidic Systems in Synthetic Biology
Lutchen Fellow


Samantha Pipe
Fabrication and Testing of Continuous Cell Culture Platform
Lutchen Fellow

David Baylies
Smart Little Boats: A Study in Underwater Acoustical Sensing and Intercommunication
Lutchen Fellow

Young Guang
Structural & Biological Characterization of Bone Marrow Lesions
Lutchen Fellow

Jordan Sweer
Three-Dimensional Printed Optical
Healey Fellow

Samantha Chua
Investigating the Effect of Extracellular Matrix Types
Lutchen Fellow

Shane McCormack
Automation and Presentation of Sequencing Data Analysis
Lutchen Fellow

Yash Agarwal
Phoenix, Managing Design-Build-Test
Healey Fellow

Carrie Cramer
Modeling Reservation & Pricing Policies for Smart Parking
Healey Fellow

Jarrod Risley
Developing an
Acoustic Tensometer
Lutchen Fellow

Elena Flynn
Understanding the Jetting Phenomenon Induced by a Bursting Bubble
Lutchen Fellow

Thomas Lozanoski
Engineering Logic Computation
in Cells
Lutchen Fellow

Timothy Chong
Thermal Management Techniques for Optical Networks Between CPU & Memory
Lutchen Fellow

John Knollmeyer
Cloud Analytics using Machine Learning Techniques
Lutchen Fellow

View past Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship projects here.