Meet our leadership, staff, and advisors.

UROP activities are managed by the program director, professional staff, and our Faculty Advisory Committee. UROP is committed to igniting student passions, expanding research opportunities, and engaging faculty mentors.

Get in touch with our team at 617-353-2020 or send us an email at

Faculty Advisory Committee

The Faculty Advisory Committee advises staff on matters of academic policy and reviews applications for most UROP awards. Full-time BU faculty members from all disciplines are invited to join the committee. If you are interested in joining , contact our office (

Members for 2023–2024:

  • Aaron Beeler, CAS Chemistry
  • Elizabeth Bettini, Wheelock Special Education
  • Ksenia Bravaya, CAS Chemsitry
  • John Celenza, CAS Biology
  • Brianne Connizzo, ENG Biomedical Engineering
  • Brett DiBenedictis, CAS Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Patricia A. Janulewicz Lloyd, SPH Environmental Health
  • Mahesh Karra, CAS Pardee School of Global Studies
  • Shawn Lyons, MED Biochemistry
  • Lucia Pastorino, CAS Neuroscience
  • Tommaso Ranzani, ENG Mechanical Engineering
  • Joelle Renstrom, CGS Rhetoric
  • Jon Savage, CFA Scene Design
  • Manveen Sethi, MED Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Joe Tien, ENG Biomedical Engineering
  • LaDora Thompson, SAR Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • John Tullai, CAS Neuroscience
  • Bob Varelas, MED Biochemistry
  • Arash Yazdanbakhsh, CAS Psychological & Brain Sciences