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Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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Boston College established the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program for the purpose of enhancing the academic experience of undergraduates by cultivating their research skills and fostering mentor relationships between undergraduates and faculty. The Program provides a grant to faculty to pay for a student’s research assistance for a faculty member’s research project. It is considered student employment and the student may work up to 20 hours a week during the academic semester and up to 40 hours a week during semester breaks and summer depending on faculty need and student availability. Students ordinarily do not receive academic credit for work done under an Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

The formal application for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship must come from the faculty member whose research project the student will assist. Students interested in this opportunity should take the initiative in identifying a faculty member with whom they would like to work, whose research would interest them, and where assisting in such research would enhance their own academic experience. For assistance, students should contact the department sponsor and discuss their interest with their academic advisor and with any other faculty member whose area of academic focus or research are of interest to the student.

Faculty interested in guiding an undergraduate Research Fellow are urged to discuss their project and prospective student assistants with the department sponsor and/or undergraduate program director. Applications are reviewed and funded three times a year--fall, spring, and summer terms.

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