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What’s the difference between Boston University Academy and Boston University?
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Boston University Academy isn’t just a high school affiliated with a university. We’re a school that’s part of a university—one that happens to be ranked 51st in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
For some students, the idea of attending a high school that’s smack-dab in the middle of a college campus might be intimidating. But our motto here is “Nil Doctis Arduum”—nothing daunts a scholar. If that’s something you believe, too, we invite you to explore our school, our campus, and one of the best food courts you’ve ever seen. Welcome.
All-School Meetings. If your favorite day of the week isn’t Thursday, it will be soon enough.
What’s 2.5 million + 2,024? Unlimited research opportunities, that’s what. Every BUA student has access to the 2.5 million holdings in BU’s Mugar Library.* And starting junior
year, you’ll be welcome to use any of BU’s 2,024 labs. But having access to all this information won’t mean a thing if you don’t know how to use it in the first place, right? That’s where the Junior Research Seminar comes in. It not only exposes you to research at the University, it teaches you how to research. The elective seminar has two tracks: History, Arts & Letters (HAL)—Boston University professors share their approach to research, and students learn how to effectively initiate a research project. This includes learning how to use a variety of libraries, web-based resources, bibliographies, and other findings (things you’ll put into practice when you begin your thesis work during your senior year).
Nowhere is the dynamic relationship between the Academy and Boston University
Happy Thor’s Day! Did you know that Thursday was named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder? Other names for Thursday include: En’s day Fifth day Jupiter’s day Tree day
more evident than at an All-School Meeting (ASM), held every Thursday morning. ASMs allow students, faculty, BU professors, and guest speakers to present topics that either supplement or complement the core curriculum. Past ASM presentations include: • “The Hoplite and the Citizen in Ancient Greece” • “Application of Forensic Anthropology Aging Methods to Three-Dimensional Reconstructions of Clinical CT Scans of the Pelvis” • “Minority Student Achievement: A Resilient Outcome?” For a complete schedule of this year’s ASMs, visit buacademy.org.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)— Hope you like wearing protective goggles and the occasional shoe cover, because during your junior year, you’ll be able to gain insight into scientific research by taking tours of BU’s labs and examining current science periodicals. In the spring, STEM students begin initial conversations with lab directors, which often develop into summer internships. Examples of lab projects that Academy students have conducted research for include:
“In a weird way, seeing and being around college students when walking to the GSU or to the T stop gives me a sense of responsibility and maturity.” Janina, Class of 2016
hemical Signals and Receptor C Physiology in Lobsters, with Professor Jelle Atema ognitive Neurobiology of the C Hippocampus, with Professor Howard Eichenbaum For more examples, visit buacademy.org.
* Don’t worry, you’re not expected to read every one of them!
Check it out. OK, you can’t check it out from the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Rare Book Collection in the literal sense, but as a BUA student you can get a look at this early (we’re talking sixteenth-century early) edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy. It’s just one of the tens of thousands of rare works waiting for you to discover.
Mugar Memorial Library 2.5 million holdings. And they’re all yours. N GREE
OUR FACILITIES ARE LIKE WHAT YOU’D FIND IN MAJOR RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES.
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Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec) A 10-minute walk (or 5-minute jog!) gets you 270,000 square feet of basketball courts, squash courts, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, and more.
808 Gallery Show the world your inner-Picasso as you, fellow classmates, and BU students exhibit works of art and sculpture.
the best of both worlds
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College of Fine Arts (CFA) There’s a whole lotta drama going on in here. From theatre productions to costume design. Not to mention a direct affiliation with BU’s Huntington Theatre.
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Nickerson Field If it’s played outdoors, chances are it’s played here.
The George Sherman Union (GSU) BUAers use this center of student life and campus activity before, during, and after school.
DeWolfe Boathouse Home to the BU and BUA men’s and women’s crew, this boathouse also provides an excellent view of the Head of the Charles Regatta.
You can get here from there. Take the Green Line “B” trolley to BUA or any number of BU facilities, like FitRec and Agganis Arena.
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Photonics Center Grab a pair of protective goggles and get ready to use actual lasers for your physics lab as you study the science of light.
Kenmore Square Hot dogs, peanuts, Fenway Park. You get the picture.
College of Engineering Behind every good robot is a great robotics team. Ours was recently crowned regional champion at the FIRST Robotics competition.
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Like what you see? There’s more at buacademy.org.
What’s a high school student doing in a college class like this? Excelling.
The Senior Thesis Project. We’ll start you off with a BUA advisor and a BU professor. The rest (all 6,000 words of it) is up to you. Pick a passion, any passion. History and politics, literature and music, linguistics and science. Now go write your Senior Thesis. (This is where those 2.5 million holdings at Mugar Library come in handy.) The yearlong, independent research project provides you with the opportunity to follow an intellectual passion in depth with the guidance of a University professor and the support of an Academy advisor.
Don’t all shout out the answer at once! One of the BU courses you could take is called Combinatoric Structures (CASCS131). Here’s a typical problem. Q. How many ways can you arrange the letters in the word ARMADA? (Oh, and don’t forget to show your work!)
“By junior year, you’re so well prepared that keeping up with University coursework isn’t as tough as you might expect.” Kevin, Class of 2014
A completed thesis is a requirement for graduation and is expected to be 4,000 to 6,000 words in length—remember, nothing daunts a scholar. When we say “nothing daunts a scholar,” we mean it. Especially when
it comes to joining actual BU students in actual BU courses taught by actual BU professors. Now before you start worrying about how you’ll fit in or how you’ll keep up, it’s important to know that most BUAers won’t take University courses until junior year. Here are just a few of the University courses you could take: CASLJ320 Conversational Japanese CASRN206 Sacred Texts CASWS114 Women, Society, and Culture CFAMU411 Electronic Music I CASNE101 Introduction to Neuroscience CASAR280 Food, Diet, and Ancient People CASCS565 Data Mining For a complete list of University coursework that BUAers take, go to buacademy.org.
Here’s a sample of the various projects that recent seniors have researched. “Double Dipping: The Nature of the Passive Construction in Mandarin Chinese” Dr. Paul Hagstrom, BU Department of Romance Studies
“Thomas Nast: A French Revolution in American Political Cartooning” Professor Patricia Hills, BU Department of History of Art & Architecture
“Construction and Testing of a High-Amplitude, High-Frequency Oscillator” Dr. Glynn Holt, BU Department of Mechanical Engineering
“The Quest for Peace: A Critical Study of Peace Programs Within the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Professor Michael Zank, BU Department of Religion
“I am taking a computer science class and a diplomacy class at the University and am really enjoying them. I feel like I have a head start on figuring out what I might want to study in college.” Leah, Class of 2013
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Published on Sep 18, 2015
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