Undergraduate Research

Whether innovating cheap, efficient ways to diagnose tuberculosis and cancer, or building a nanosatellite that measures the effect of solar storms on our power grids, Boston University Engineering undergraduates are engaged at the cutting edge of research. More than 100 undergraduates, many in paid positions, work alongside faculty and graduate students each year to create solutions to some of society's most challenging problems.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Presidential/Engineering Scholars

The Presidential/Engineering Scholars program is a merit award given to students at the time of admission to Boston University. Presidential/Engineering Scholars receive a package of benefits, including a $20,000 scholarship to Boston University. Scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters, provided a 3.20 GPA is maintained (details). Additionally, students receive funding for up to 10 hours of research per week for one semester during the academic year, and automatic admission to a Boston University College of Engineering Master’s in Engineering program (provided students maintain a 3.40 grade point average). Presidential/Engineering Scholars Form: Word

Kenneth R. Lutchen Distinguished Fellowship Program

Each year, 10 Lutchen Fellows 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. Applications are due by March 15, 2015. For more information about the fellowship please go here, or Appy Online


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 14 weeks of housing in a Boston University residence hall OR up to $3,200 towards off-campus housing rent (reimbursement is for actual cost of housing). 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 by March 2, 2015. Apply online.

STARS Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS) Program is an undergraduate program that engages students in faculty-mentored full-time research experiences throughout the summer.

Supplemental Undergraduate Research Funds (SURF)

The College of Engineering SURF program encourages faculty to involve undergraduates in their research programs during the academic year by providing matching funds for undergraduate students who are working on faculty-sponsored research. Requests for SURF funds are made by individual students when they have found positions in faculty labs.

Trustee, Bell and FIRST Scholars

These scholarship recipients are also eligible for research funding for up to 10 hours of research a week for one semester. Students wishing to utilize this benefit must complete the Presidential/Engineering Scholars form above and submit to the Dean's Office for approval.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide academic program which promotes participation by Boston University undergraduates in faculty-mentored research across all disciplines and throughout the calendar year. Further details available here.