The 2016 Summer Research Program for College Juniors, beginning on Monday, June 13th, will provide science and engineering undergraduates from colleges around the country with opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research in a rapidly growing and technologically important diverse field of engineered interfaces.

During this eight week program held on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's downtown Brooklyn campus, students will be exposed to cross-disciplinary research–with the focus on real-world challenges–emphasizing timely and efficient transfer of innovations from the bench through engineering to applications, devices and technologies.

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Program Highlights

Students who are accepted into the program will be offered a stipend of $3,000 for the duration of the course as well as on-campus housing in the center of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. The research program will feature structured programming designed to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer including visits to Broadway, Yankee Stadium and much more. Highlights of the program include:

  • On-campus housing for the duration of the program
  • Research internship stipend
  • Planned excursions and activities throughout New York City
  • Site visits at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's incubators and companies throughout the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, such as Etsy

Application Process

The Summer Research Internship Program is open to college juniors that have completed three years of study by the start of the program. Students from around the country interested in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics are encouraged to apply. (Please note: Students do not need to be a current NYU student to apply.) Applicants must be US citizens and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and above. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 15, 2016.*

Applicants must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript
  • A resume
  • A personal statement

*Current NYU students should apply for the NYU Undergraduate Summer Research Program by following this link:

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Contact Gabrielle Gannon for additional information or questions.

Research Opportunities

Students will be able to select from the following topics:

Applied Physics

  • Dark energy in a weak gravitational field (Professor Vladimir Tsifrinovich)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • Biomarker Assay Development for Glycosaminoglycan Fragments (Professor Mary Cowman)
  • Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Professor Jin Ryoun Kim)
  • Nanoliter Biodiagnostics (Professor Rastislav Levicky)
  • Role of Exogenous Hyaluronan in Cancer Cell Signaling (Professor Sarah Wilcox-Adelman)
  • Tetris II (Professors Tommy Lee and Alexandra Seidenstein)
  • The Staff of Gandalf (Professors Tommy Lee and Alexandra Seidenstein)
  • 3D Modeling of the Neuron (Professors Tommy Lee and Alexandra Seidenstein)
  • Chemical Shielding in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Professor Abhijit Mitra)
  • Protein Engineered Biomaterials for Cancer Treatment Protein Engineered
    Biomaterials for Cancer Treatment (Professor Jin Montclare)
  • Engineering Stable Phosphotriesterases for Environmentally Friendly
    Detoxification of Pesticides (Professor Jin Montclare)

Civil and Urban Engineering

  • Smart Transportation Systems (Professor Joseph Chow)
  • Wireless Charging Service Nertwork Design (Professor Joseph Chow)

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Seattle (Professor Justin Cappos)
  • TUF (Professor Justin Cappos)
  • Privacy Compliance by Design (Professor Nasir Memon)
  • Forensic Email Search Result Summarization (Professor Nasir Memon)
  • Reconfigurable Software on Reconfigurable Hardware (Professor Haldun Hadimioglu)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Robotics (Professor Farshad Khorrami)
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems (Professor Farshad Khorrami)
  • Doubling Cellular Capacity by Full Duplex Communications (Professor Shivendra Panwar)
  • An Architecture for Future Configurable Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks (Professor Shivendra Panwar)
  • Spectrum and Infrastructure Sharing in Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks (Professor Shivendra Panwar) 
  • Speech Dereverberation (Professor Ivan Selesnick)
  • Four-dimensional Sound Synthesis (Professor Ivan Selesnick)
  • Modeling, Control and Testing of Cloud-Enables Quadrotors (Professor Quanyan Zhu)
  • Understanding Infrastructure Interdependencies through Network Theory (Professor Quanyan Zhu)
  • Crowd-sensing for Urban Pollution Monitoring (Professor Quanyan Zhu)


  • Optical Vortex Solitons: Existence and Computation (Professor Luciano Medina)
  • Dynamical Models of DNA (Professor Luciano Medina)
  • Mathematics of Climate Change: Investigation of Mathematical Models in Current Research (Professor Lindsey Van Wagenen)
  • Mahalanobis-Taguchi Methods for Environmental Research: Towards a Culture of Sustainability (Professor Lindsey Van Wagenen)
  • Statistical Methods: Mahalanobis Taguchi & PCA (Professor Lindsey Van Wagenen)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Three-dimensional in vitro Cancer Metastasis Model (Professor Weiqiang Chen)
  • Exploring Human Microbiome with High-throughput Electro-microfluidic Cell Screening Platforms (Professor Weiqiang Chen)
  • Immune Disease Diagnosis: Detect Immune Cell Secreted Cytokines in Opto-microfluidic Device (Professor Weiqiang Chen)
  • Floating vs. Sinking Collaborative Behavior of Small Particles (Experimental Study) (Professor Emilie Dressaire)
  • Floating vs. Sinking Collaborative Behavior of Small Particles (Numerical Study) (Professor Emilie Dressaire)
  • New Technologies for Congenital Heart Disease Assessments (Professor Vittoria Flamini)
  • Dual-layer Stent Mechanics (Professor Vittoria Flamini)
  • Lightweight Polymer Matrix Composites (Professor Nikhil Gupta)
  • Lightweight Metal Matrix Composites (Professor Nikhil Gupta)
  • Additive Manufacturing (Professor Nikhil Gupta)
  • Supersonic Flow Control via Microjet Fluidic Injection (Professor Iraj Kalkhoran)
  • Robotic Gait and Manipulation: Modeling, Control, and Experiment (Professor Joo Kim)
  • Biomechanical Modeling and Testing of Human Kinematics and Dynamics (Professor Joo Kim)
  • Regulatory Mechanisms in Load-Induced Osteogenesis (Professor Alesha Castillo)
  • Mechanical Regulation of Skeletal Repair & Regeneration (Professor Alesha Castillo)
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics for Enhanced Maneurverability (Professor Iskander Sahin)

Technology, Culture and Society

  • Topological Order and Emergence (Professor Jonathan Bain)
  • Public Digital Humanities (Professor Christopher Leslie)
  • Online Scholarly Search (Professor Christopher Leslie)

Technology Management and Innovation

  • Human-Computer Interaction for Consumer Finance Decision Making (Professor Oded Nov)
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Personal Genomics Exploration (Professor Oded Nov)

2015 Summer Research Highlights

The inaugural year for the Summer Research Program for College Juniors brought incredibly talented students from all over the country to the NYU School of Engineering for the summer. Research topics included thermal control of microarry printing, development of technology for 3-D printing of elastomers and engineering structural alginate gels for PC-12 cell development, to name a few.

To learn more about this exciting program, download the Summer Research Program abstracts or browse through the photos below to see the students in action in our labs and facilities.