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Turning Students into Researchers

UROP's mission is to nurture curiosity, to capture imagination, and to cultivate relationships between faculty and students beyond the classroom to shape independent, innovative, and collaborative leaders.

We have been fostering faculty-mentored research experiences for BU undergraduate students since 1997. Our faculty mentors serve as guides, coaches, and facilitators; our student researchers hone critical skills while learning the language of their chosen discipline. Learn more about how you can get involved in faculty-mentored research or internships, scholarships, and more.

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What Does Research With UROP Look Like?

Tabitha Oanda (CAS'22) is a computer science student who conducted research with Professor Economo from the Department of Biomedical Engineering on a project titled, Annotating Behavior in Video Data using Computer Vision. Check out how she got involved in research and her advice for you!

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Anna Henchman

“Whenever I had a question specific to the topic I was working on, Professor Henchman always had an answer, or she would point me in the direction of a book that would allow me to think further about the problem at hand. Furthermore, Professor Henchman helped me establish connections with other members of the BU faculty when she felt that their area of expertise would be a valuable addition to my research.” Brett Driben, CAS 19

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All full-time undergraduate Boston University students are eligible to apply for UROP funding.

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Get Published or Present at a Conference

Current and previous UROP awardees have been authors on publications, have presented at professional meetings and conferences.

Special Awards

UROP has a variety of special awards for which applicants may be considered.

Take Part in the UROP Cocurricular

The UROP office hosts a cocurricular! HUB CC 282 Building a Research Community is a cocurricular experience is designed to complement and enrich a student's UROP research experience by providing opportunities to foster interdisciplinary discourse with other researchers about the ethical, moral, cultural, and political effects of research on society. Students critically analyze and reflect upon their own research and consider what is means to be a contributing member of a research community. To be eligible, students must have participated in the summer UROP program. Effective Fall 2019, this Hub cocurricular fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.

UROP has allowed me to delve into research that extends beyond domestic borders and understand how others view the world. Not only have I grown as a researcher, but I have explored ideas surrounding the human connection that will extend beyond my time at Boston University

Hailey Hart-Thompson

CAS Independent '21; COM Film & TV '21

Serving as a faculty mentor benefitted me immensely…it gave me new perspective on my research and how to present to a wider, non-specialist audience. I would absolutely encourage any faculty member to participate in UROP.

Carrie J. Preston

Professor, CAS English