His teaching methods are used in 500 schools across the United States and Professor Michael Barnett recently made a historic trip to China, where he introduced new instructional methods to the nation's high school teachers. It marked the first time China has ever invited an American university to work with its K-12 educational curricula.
We offer an opportunity for students to critically engage with concepts of community service and social justice throughout their time at Boston College. The McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies offers travel grants and the Mizna Fellowship Fund to provide local and international service experiences, group reflection, and coursework.
How do we know right from wrong? Undergraduates work alongside Assistant Professor of Psychology Liane Young to investigate the science behind decision-making in her Morality Lab.
Tech Trek | Combining classroom learning with field study in Silicon valley, New York City, Boston, and Ghana, Tech Trek programs designed and run by Information Systems Associate Professor John Gallaugher connect students to senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners.
Companies launched by Boston College students or alumni in the past decade have garnered more than $100 million in venture backing.
Boston College is home to a robust entrepreneurial culture, nurtured by faculty, alumni, students, and the business community. The Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship looks to foster a generation of young entrepreneurs with Jesuit ideals who will lead businesses skillfully and with a social conscience.
Boston College students have earned more than 260 prestigious academic awards in recent years — including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships, Fulbright Grants, Truman Scholarships, and Marshall Scholarships. Hear from a few of our finest, as they offer advice and insights to students who are considering applying for national grants, fellowships, and scholarships.
PhD student, Columbia University
Major: Philosophy Minor: German Studies
“Cultivate relationships with faculty mentors as early as possible, and look for ways to pursue independent research or service projects. The Advanced Study Grants are an excellent resource, and they can start you off on the right foot. And when it comes time to apply, get as many eyes on your application as possible. When it came time to apply for the Marshall Scholarship, the University Fellowships Committee organized a mock interview for me. Five professors and deans, most of whom I'd never met before, took the time to read through my materials and grill me for almost an hour. That practice helps make BC competitive with places like Harvard and MIT, where the application grooming process is similarly intensive.”
Resident Scholar, Harry S. Truman Foundation
Major: International Studies
"My advice to BC students who seek prestigious academic fellowships is to seek mentorship from BC faculty members, and to take advantage of grant funding offered by the University Fellowships Committee and other BC offices. Throughout my four years at BC, I received support from so many faculty members. As I continue working in Washington, D.C., I still receive support from BC faculty, as I prepare for the next stages in my life. I feel fortunate to have spent my undergraduate years at an institution that encouraged me to follow my intellectual curiosities wherever they led, while gifting me several lifelong mentors."
Researcher, The Scripps Research Institute
“The importance of mentorship cannot be overemphasized, because it was a BC professor's belief in my ability to win the Goldwater that really helped me to push myself to ultimately win that fellowship. For me, the opportunity to pursue a fantastic degree in chemistry and start research early was coupled with an emphasis on striving for a holistic life and excellence in all that I did. I was able to look beyond the bench from an early point in my undergrad career, to understand what opportunities existed for someone who loved science and wanted to find ways to pursue further education and international experience after my undergraduate career.”
Health Law Advocates, Inc. Boston
Major: Philosophy Minors: Faith, Peace & Justice; Studio Art
“My advice to BC students is to plan far in advance. You should not only be thinking about application deadlines and drafting personal statements, but what courses and internships you should be taking to make a compelling case for the award or scholarship you are seeking to win. While at BC I developed great relationships with faculty members in the field in which I was seeking to work. These professors were constantly championing for my cause and rooting for me each and every step of the way. The awards I received helped distinguish me for law school and other professional opportunities. They also provided me with a network of people who have served both as friends and mentors.”
Associate at Ceres, Boston
Major: Political Science, Minor: Environmental Studies
“While at BC I was able to conduct research as an Undergraduate Research Fellow with two professors. I received an Advanced Study Grant to learn about renewable energy policy in Canada, spent a summer volunteering in the Galapagos Islands, and I interned in Northern Ireland. I'm convinced that if not for BC, I wouldn't have had any of these opportunities. BC fosters an amazing community where many professors serve as mentors. So when I came to my professors with ideas about interning abroad or conducting independent research, they encouraged me and helped me find ways to make it happen. Consequently, over my fours years at BC, I built lasting relationships that evolved from professor to mentor to friends, friends with whom I still grab coffee or a meal even after graduation.”
CEO and Founder, Olaris Therapeutics, Inc.
“BC taught me to believe in myself and to not be afraid (or embarrassed) to go after my dreams. I want to cure cancer. BC gave me the scientific foundation to embark on a career as a scientist and develop technology that I truly believe will fundamentally change how cancer is diagnosed and treated. BC also instilled a deep compassion for others. In my senior year, I recognized how these awards had given me opportunities I never even imagined. I started a program called Women in Science & Technology to encourage other young females to consider life as a scientist. I encourage WST students to apply for top awards. Watching many of them receive them is inspiring. They are now off to ‘set the world aflame’.”
English Teaching Assistant, Poland
Major: Secondary Education and History
“My advice to today’s students would be to befriend professors who are doing things that you could see yourself doing. Often, they will have opportunities for research that can help you immerse yourself in academia while providing valuable mentorship and support when it comes time to apply. For me, being at BC was vital. BC has a great track record of winning these awards, and the student body features vibrant students with a myriad of different interests. It was the faculty at BC who helped me along who made this all possible. I had several amazing teachers/role models/mentors, too many to name, who played a key role in me getting this award.”
English Teaching Assistant, Nepal
Major: International Studies, Minor: Political Science
“Individual research and preparation is crucial. There's no such thing as too many drafts of an application essay, but I'd also recommend asking as many people as possible to share their advice and expertise. During my junior year, I had countless conversations about my target country and the grant itself. People were invariably willing to help: I spoke to fellow students who were applying for Fulbrights and for other awards; professors with experience advising Fulbright applicants; faculty and students who had spent time studying and/or living in Nepal; and alumni who had completed Fulbrights, both in South and Central Asia and in different areas of the world. These conversations honed my application, but they also gave me the invaluable sense that I was supported by the wider BC community.”