How to Apply

Please note: The application deadline for the 2015 RISE program has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for the program.


We consider applicants who are entering their senior year of high school in fall 2015. International students are not eligible for the RISE Program. Admission is based on a combination of high school grades, rigor of courses taken, standardized test scores, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.

How to Apply

  1. Complete online application.
    • When using the online application, you will be required to submit a 500 - 750 word personal statement describing what field you want to study and why.
    • Submit the application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, paid by credit card, is required at the time of submission of the online application form.
  2. Email (preferred), mail, or fax:
    • An official copy of your complete high school transcript including your fall 2014 grades.
    • A copy of your most recent PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT scores. Please email (preferred), fax, or mail a copy of your scores directly to our office. We will not receive them if you send them through the testing agency. Please note that your name should be visible on your scores.
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a science or math teacher and one from a guidance counselor.

Note: Email is the primary form of communication during the application and admission process. Please ensure that both parent and student email addresses are entered correctly on the application. Inform our office immediately if there is a change in either email address.

Fax: 617-358-0646

Mailing Address:
Boston University Summer Term
Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program
755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B05
Boston, MA 02215

Application Deadline

There are two application deadlines for the Research Internship in Science and Engineering Program. The Early Decision application deadline is February 9, 2015. The final application deadline is March 16, 2015. Please note that we require a complete application (including financial aid documents for those requesting financial aid) postmarked by these deadlines. Only complete applications are reviewed. We will email you once we have received your complete application.

Early Decision students receive first consideration in the application process and are typically notified of our decision at an earlier date. Students who apply for Early Decision and are accepted into RISE are not required to attend the program.

Admission decisions are made without regard to finanical aid consideration.

Admission decisions and placements typically take 4-6 weeks from receipt of a complete application, but they may take up to 3 months since we need to have a placement confirmed before admitting a student.

Admission Process

  • After each deadline, all RISE applications are reviewed by the Summer Term High School Programs office.
  • Qualified applications are sent to relevant research mentors to make final decisions and placements.
  • Decisions are returned to the Summer Term High School Programs office.
  • Decisions typically take 4-6 weeks, but may take up to 3 months.
  • Once decisions have been made, they are sent via email from the RISE email account:

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact us.