Newbury Award

The Newbury Award is provided by Boston University’s Newbury Center to support first-generation college students conducting summer research through UROP. The Newbury Center was founded in January 2021 with the aim to become a highly visible, transformative unit of the University, offering programming and services designed to ensure that first-generation students experience the same sense of well-being, belonging, self-efficacy, and academic accomplishment as their continuing-generation peers. For more information about the Newbury Center, please visit their website.

Recipients of the Newbury Awards are selected from the funded UROP applicant pool. For information on completing a UROP application, please click here.



2023 Awardees

Lenny Adonteng, a Sociology major, is conducting research with Professor Jessica Simes (CGS Sociology) on a project titled “”When the Welfare People Come”: The U.S Child Welfare System and the State Regulation of Family Life.”

Taelor Anderson, a Psychology major, is conducting research with Professor Deborah Kelemen (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences) on a project titled “Evolving Minds: Teacher-Student Interactions in the Classroom.”

Brenden Blakley, a Marine Science major, is conducting research with Professor Robinson Fulweiler (CAS Earth and Environment) on a project titled “Quantifying silicon uptake kinetics in temperate macroalgae.”

Luciano Foranoce, a BMB major, is conducting research with Professor John Celenza (CAS Biology) on a project titled “Characterization of Arabidopsis mutants with growth sensitivity to exogenous acetyl salicylic acid, a regulator of plant innate immunity.”

Maxine Hsiung, a Neuroscience major, is conducting research with Professor Maria Medalla (MED Anatomy & Neurobiology) on a project titled “Presynaptic cannabinoid receptor localization on lateral prefrontal cortex and amygdala inputs to anterior cingulate cortex.”

Kelvin Kuang, a Neuroscience major, is conducting research with Professor Arash Yazdanbaksh (CAS Neuroscience) on a project titled “Microscopy Image classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Brodmann’s area 32 through a convolutional neural network.”

Sofia Marin, a Sociology major, is conducting research with Professor Heather Schoenfeld (CAS Sociology) on a project titled “Exploring Women’s Perceptions and Experiences with the Clean Girl Aesthetic: Factors Influencing Participation and Non-Participation.”

Angel Morales, an Astrophysics major, is conducting research with Professor Alan Marscher (CAS Astronomy) on a project titled “Modeling VLBA Images of Gamma Ray Blazars.”

Hawa Ndiaye, a BMB major, is conducting research with Professor Jeroen Eyckmans (ENG Biomedical Engineering) on a project titled “2D in vitro Study of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocyte Integration.”

Jake Purinton, a BMB major, is conducting research with Professor Juan Fuxman Bass (CAS Biology) on a project titled “Identifying cis regulatory elements in viruses and utilizing Yeast-1-Hybrid to study these protein interactions.”

Renzo Quintero, a Biology major, is conducting research with Professor Kimberly Crespo (SAR Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences) on a project titled “Bilingualism, Language Ability, and Variability Effects in Children’s Word-Learning.”



2022 Awardees

Grace Beery, a Biology major, is conducting research with Professor Randi Rotjan (CAS Biology) on a project titled “Determining the Metabolic Response of an Urban Temperate Coral, Astrangia Poculata, to Nitrogen Pollution.”

Yongting Chen, a Biology major, is conducting research with Professor Cheng Lin (MED Biochemistry) on a project titled “LC-MS/MS Analysis of Glycans Derivatized with a Reducing-end Fixed Charge.”

Siria Coello, a Biology major, is conducting research with Professor Steve Ramirez (CAS Psychological & Brain Sciences) on a project titled “Optogenetically Activating Positive Memories.”

Denitra Douglas-Roberston, a Psychology major, is conducting research with Professor Jennifer Green (SED/Wheelock Special Education) on a project titled “Evaluating 911 Calls in Response to Mental Health Crisis Among Young Children in Boston Public Schools, to Expand Access to Evidence-Based Preventative Care to Childcare Educators.”

Sebastian Romani, a Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences major, is conducting research with Professor Jennifer Zuk (SAR Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences) on a project titled  “Exploring the Effects of Parent-Child Interactions during Storybook Reading on Language Delay Amongst Toddlers”