The 2018 Summer Research Program for College Juniors, beginning on Monday, June 4, 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.

Program Highlights

In addition to research opportunities, students accepted into the program will enjoy structured programming designed to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer. 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
  • Tours of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's Future Labs
  • Site visits with companies throughout the Brooklyn Tech Triangle

Application Process

The Summer Research 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 any of the content areas listed below 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.

Please note the application for the 2018 Summer Research Program is not yet available. To learn more, please fill out the form below and we will forward you more inforamtion as it becomes available.

Applicants must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of a current transcript
  • A resume
  • A personal statement

*Current NYU students should apply for the NYU Undergraduate Summer Research Program by clicking here.

Learn More

Are you interested in the program but not yet ready to apply? Click here to fill out our inquiry form and we'll be in touch with additional information.

2017 Research Opportunities

(2018 topics to be announced soon)

Applied Physics

  • Motion of Galaxies in Expanding Universe

Center for Urban Science and Progress

  • New Indexes for Aerial Remote Sensing Data
  • Statistics Based Rapid Change Detection for Remote Sensing Data
  • Building Inspection Data Integration
  • Sonification of Aerial Remote Sensing Data
  • Sparse Deconvolution of Full Wave Form Data
  • Soundless Chemical Demolition Agents

Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Staff of Gandalf
  • Simulation of Origins of Life
  • Dash Cam
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry of Extracellular Matrix Glycosaminoglycans
  • Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on Laser-induced Nucleation
  • Laser-induced Nucleation in Millimeter-sized Dense Liquid Droplets
  • Characterization of Block Copolymers for Lithium Battery Application
  • Flow Chemistry with Microchemical Systems
  • Amyloid Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Panic Button
  • Chemtris III
  • Effect of Electric Fields on DNA Hybridization
  • Protein Engineered Biomaterials for Treating Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Magnetic Protein Engineered Fibers for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Engineered Phosphotriesterases (PTEs) for Detoxification of Pesticides
  • Molecular Nutrition Lab Development
  • Model of Neurons and Bone
  • Model of Skeletal Muscle

Civil and Urban Engineering 

  • Evaluating Market of Multiple Providers of Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Real-time Transit Analytics for NYC
  • The Qualified Community at Hudson Yards
  • Data Driven Urban Energy Modeling for Policy and Planning

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Uptane; Securely Updating Automobiles
  • PolyPasswordHasher (PPH): Crack that Password? Not in a Million Years…
  • Sensibility Testbed: Harnessing the Power of Smartphones for Science!
  • Exploring New Types of Computing
  • Efficient Index Updates for Web Search Engines
  • Sharding Social Networks
  • SIMD-Algorithms for Top-k Search Query Processing with Large K

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems 
  • IoT Project: Analyzing Security, Privacy and Trust in the Cloud-Based Internet of Things
  • Data Science Project 1: Load Balancing of Citi Bikes
  • Data Science Project 2: Optimizing the Quality and Delivery of City Emergency Medical Sevices
  • Security Game Project: Board Game Design and Game-Theoretic Analysis for Learning Cyber Attack and Defense


  • Mathematics of Climate Change: Investigation of Mathematical Models in Current Research
  • Mathematics of Sustainability: Robust Decision Making & Methods for Environmental Research

Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Phenotyping of Inflammatory Breast Cancer Stem Cells
  • Tunable and Multifunctional Vascularized Microenvironment for Inflammation-Angiogenesis Study
  • Plasmofluidic Biosensor Microarray for Single-Cell Functional Immunophenotyping
  • Product Security in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Development of Fiber-optic Loop Sensor for Chemical Detection
  • Development of Lightweight Polymer Matric Composite Materials
  • Robotic Gait and Manipulation: Modeling, Control, and Experiment
  • Biomechanical Modeling and Testing of Human Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Mechatronic-based Renewable Energy System
  • Experiments on Social Learning of Zebrafish
  • A New Experimental Approach to Study Fluidic-structure Interactions
  • Measurements in Fluids Using Optically Active Materials

Technology, Culture and Society 

  • Non-locality in Intrinsic Topologically Ordered Systems
  • Digital Humanities

Technology Management and Innovation

  • Human Computer Interaction and Personal Genomics Exploration
  • Human Computer Interaction for Decision Making and Consumer Finance


2017 Summer Research Highlights

The 2017 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 the effect of gold nanoparticles on laser-induced nucleation, 3D modeling of neurons and bones, and load balancing of Citi bikes 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.