Information For Students

If it’s research that interests you, Boston University offers an impressive number and range of opportunities for students. Our reputation for cutting-edge science and innovative thinking has been growing for well over a century. As you read this, BU students and faculty are working on hundreds of research projects with sponsored funding exceeding $574 million.

Right now we’re studying life in space, underwater, and throughout the world. We’re exploring in laboratories, libraries, theaters, and the human mind. We’re investigating fuel cells that run on bacteria and a vaccine that fights cancer with cancer cells. We’re finding new ways of writing plays and answering unresolved questions about the evolution of the universe.

Explore some of our current research projects


High school students

Boston University Academy
A small co-ed high school with a classically based curriculum where intellectually curious students take classes at Boston University

Boston University ENG K–12 Education and Outreach
Projects for students and teachers at all grade levels are under way in a number of different schools and colleges at BU. Check out the College of Engineering for a sample.

High School Summer Research Internship
With hands-on research opportunities, students will explore the many facets of university-level research

BU Summer Theatre Institute
A five-week conservatory experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
You may be surprised to learn how soon you can get a foot in the laboratory door at BU. Our professors frequently have undergraduates, including freshmen, assisting them on groundbreaking projects. BU students can perform research on a volunteer basis, for academic credit, through the work-study program, as a mentor-funded assistant, or with the aid of a UROP grant.

On-Campus Research Opportunities
A comprehensive list of research opportunities for full-time undergraduates at Boston University

Travel Awards
Find information on applying for funding for research and conferences off-campus

Graduate students

Graduate Affairs
Providing leadership for the University’s graduate education initiatives, working closely with the Provost and the Deans to articulate an institutional voice and promote continued excellence in graduate education

Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
Offering programs, resources, and services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and their faculty mentors.

International Students & Scholars

International Student & Scholar Compass
International students and scholars are a vital part of the BU community. Boston University takes pride in its diversity on campus and in an effort to assist international students & scholars, we created the International Student & Scholar Compass—an online portal sharing over 300 resources to make life at Boston University and in Boston a little easier.


Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a campus-wide program tasked with educating undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students, as well as other trainees, in the ethical foundations of research.