Admitted Student Resources
Congratulations on your admission to Boston University and Kilachand Honors College!
Boston University has taken a number of actions to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community and to protect the health and well-being of its members. This includes you as the newest members of the Boston University and Kilachand communities. We suspended all of our in-person Open House programming and invite you to experience Kilachand Honors College virtually.
April Open House Programming
We hosted several Open House events over the month of April to introduce you to our faculty, staff, and current students and to provide information about our curriculum, our living-learning community, and other opportunities at Kilachand.
View the recordings of our Spring 2021 Open House events:
An Introduction to the Kilachand Curriculum
Advising & Student Support at Kilachand Honors College
Kilachand’s Living-Learning Community
Experiential Learning and The Kilachand Keystone Project
Kilachand Student Panel
Who We Are
The Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College was founded in 2011 by a gift of $25 million generously given by Boston University Trustee Rajen Kilachand. This was followed by another gift of $10 million in 2012 to provide a residence, Kilachand Hall, for Kilachand students.
Kilachand Honors College provides a diverse living-learning community and a challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum focused on questions of ethical, scientific, social, and aesthetic significance. Students hone their creative, critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills as they learn alongside faculty and students from across Boston University. Kilachand students benefit from exposure to a variety of ideas and approaches toward solving major problems through coursework, co-curricular events, and experiential opportunities.
All first-year Kilachand students live together in Kilachand Hall where many Kilachand courses and co-curricular events are held. The Kilachand Directors, Academic Advisors, and Post-Doctoral Fellows also have offices in Kilachand Hall and the frequent, informal interactions among students, faculty, and staff fosters a community of collegiality and support.
The students who thrive at Kilachand are intellectually curious and courageous, and they want to put their knowledge to use to benefit their communities. We seek students who wish to study an array of subjects across disciplines, as well as focus deeply on their major interests. The Kilachand curriculum asks students to use the tools and methods of every academic discipline to understand global challenges and develop practical solutions. Through rigorous courses and co-curricular events, students hone their capacity for critical reasoning and effective communication, skills that are crucial to every academic, intellectual, and socially responsible enterprise as well as to that all-important pursuit of shaping an engaged and fulfilling life beyond the university.
Kilachand Honors College strives to engage students inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage students to become Peer Mentors, Kilachand Ambassadors, and members of the Kilachand Leadership Advisory Board (KLAB). Kilachand Honors College student groups give Kilachand students the opportunity to engage with peers and administrators in Kilachand, hold leadership positions, and represent Kilachand outside of the College.
The Kilachand curriculum invites students to formulate and discuss questions of scientific, social, ethical, and aesthetic significance and share their conclusions with a broad audience. Through a combination of seminars, lectures, break-out discussions, and experiential opportunities, students hone their creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to problems of contemporary relevance.
Kilachand Director, Professor Carrie Preston, discusses our unique curriculum and living-learning community.
Drop in on brief conversations between Kilachand faculty, students, and alumni, where they spotlight their unique experiences with our curriculum and related opportunities.
In Conversation: Alumni Perspectives
Celeste Hamre-Awtry (CAS ’16, LAW ‘23) and Jake Awtry (CAS ’16, GRS ’16) discuss with Kilachand Director of Student Academic Life Amanda Shalian (CGS ’04, CAS ’06, Wheelock ’09, ’15) how their Kilachand experience prepared them for their lives and careers and share advice with the newest members of the Kilachand community.
In Conversation: The First-Year Curriculum
Kilachand Postdoctoral Associate Travis Franks and first-year student Ilana Keusch (CAS’24) give an overview of the Kilachand Studio courses (ST 111 & 112) and discuss the engaging content of Kilachand first-year seminars, particularly (Mis)representing History in Art.
In Conversation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges II
Kilachand Director Carrie Preston and junior Susritha Kopparapu (CAS ’22) reflect on teaching and learning in the course KHC 302: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges II, in which students examine the global crisis of forced displacement.
In Conversation: The Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement
IPFD Studies provides students with the opportunity to participate in ongoing, established efforts in Uganda, Colombia, and Lebanon to respond to forced displacement. HHMI Professor of Biomedical Engineering Muhammad Zaman and Kilachand seniors Dragon Ding (CAS ’21) and Hailey Hart-Thompson (CAS/COM ‘21) discuss the program.
In Conversation: The Fourth-Year Curriculum
In the Kilachand senior seminars, students and faculty discuss how to live engaged and fulfilling lives within and beyond the university at a transitional moment in students’ personal experiences. The seminars also support students as they complete their Keystone Projects and prepare for the Keystone Symposium. Postdoctoral Associate Emily Hainze and senior Deema Abdel-Meguid (ENG’21) reflect on academic growth.
In Conversation: The Keystone Project
In the fourth year, Kilachand provides the space and resources for students to engage in their own creative and intellectual pursuits and then share their work with a variety of audiences. Students complete a year-long Keystone Project in their chosen fields under the mentorship of a project advisor. Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Steve Ramirez, Kilachand senior Francesca Davy-Falconi (CAS’21), and recent graduate Christina Cincotta (CAS’19) discuss research and collaboration.
Kilachand co-curricular events offer students the opportunity to interact with accomplished intellectuals, artists, and professionals. Co-curricular events engage students in the broader implications of the Kilachand curriculum, help to build our living-learning community, and provide insight into scientific, artistic, technological, and political activities.
Past co-curricular guests include Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi, renowned film director Werner Herzog, and award-winning authors Piper Kerman, Zadie Smith, and Min Jin Lee. Students often visit the Boston Ballet, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Contemporary Art for private talks and tours and group performances.
All Kilachand students complete a substantial work of empirical or scholarly research, creativity, or invention by the close of their senior year.
The purpose of the Keystone Project is to provide students with a sustained experience of intellectual discovery and an opportunity to share their work with a broader audience. This process begins in the junior year, when students learn to balance the excitement of imaginative approaches to their intellectual interests with the rigor of field-specific methodologies and begin to work on the design of their thesis or project. It continues in the senior year, as students conduct their research, write their thesis or produce their creative project, and assess the significance of the work they have done. The research thesis or project can take a variety of forms, but students must aim for the highest standards of the discipline or interdisciplinary area they select.
Below, Kilachand alum Jamie Lim (SAR ’14, MED ’19) discusses how support from Kilachand allowed him to conduct research in Nepal for his Keystone Project.
The Kilachand Honors College Experiential Learning Program offers students opportunities to learn outside traditional academic classrooms, that is, to learn by doing and reflecting on the experience of doing. Kilachand students take advantage of internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other experiential learning programs at Boston University. Kilachand students also have unique experiential opportunities supported by Kilachand as well.
Boston Area Health Education Center Partnership
Each spring, Kilachand offers students the opportunity to develop and lead a global public health course with Boston high school students from the Boston Area Heath Education Center. The Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) is a youth pathway to health careers program that believes in inspiring Boston high school students to pursue health careers by providing hands-on learning and exposure through year-long and summer programming. The center’s mission is to increase racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity among Boston’s healthcare workforce by raising the proportion of youth from underserved populations who successfully pursue careers in health and public health.
Kilachand students explore the relationship between global and community public health issues through experiential and service learning by facilitating global health lessons and working closely with both the high school students and BAHEC staff. Collaboration with BAHEC is a unique opportunity for Kilachand students to engage with the Boston community and connect what they are learning in the Kilachand to a real-world experience.
Kilachand Internship Program
The Kilachand Internship Program (KIP) provides funding to support students who identify or design a project with an organization focused on social justice work, as defined by the student. KIP provides living allowance stipends for unpaid or nonprofit internships, as well as mentorship and an educational framework to support and strengthen the internship experience.
To apply for this selective program, Kilachand students must identify an internship opportunity at an organization that they believe promotes social justice goals, submit a statement of their definition of social justice and a description of their proposed plan of work, and letter of support from the institution or internship sponsor.
The Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement Studies
The Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement Studies provides students with the opportunity to participate in ongoing, established efforts in Uganda, Colombia, and Lebanon to respond to forced displacement. We partner and work directly with universities, local NGOs, and multiple government institutions and policymakers on the ground to give our students a unique opportunity to recognize the many challenges and identify opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of displaced populations in each country. Through our strong partnerships, we offer international, interdisciplinary collaboration and allow students to learn from their peers and faculty from different universities, while thinking practically about solutions to some of the most complex humanitarian challenges we face today. Students participating in this program acquire a deeper understanding of research methodologies and appreciate the political, economic, social, and technological challenges associated with creating solutions for populations that have been forcibly displaced from their homes.
Inspired by her experience working with refugees through the Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement Studies, Kilachand student Hailey Hart-Thompson developed a research project on urban refugees in Beirut that has formed the foundation for her Keystone Project. Watch the introduction to her project below.
Reach Out to a Kilachand Ambassador
Kilachand Ambassadors are current students who are eager to share their insight into Kilachand and BU with you! Browse their profiles here to learn about their diverse academic paths and extracurricular interests, and feel free to ask them why Kilachand has been a rewarding part of their college experience.
Check out the Kilachand Ambassadors Blog, where Ambassadors share reflections, insights, and advice on student life.
Kilachand Students & Faculty in the News