Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Every summer, members of the School of Engineering faculty open up their labs to allow the School of Engineering, NYU CAS 3+2 and NYU Abu Dhabi undergraduates 10 weeks of hands-on research under faculty mentorship. Students work full time in the lab with their faculty mentors on their research topics while also participating in weekly seminars presented by distinguished School of Engineering faculty and staff. In addition, lunches where students can present research to non-specialists and think across disciplines are held. At the end of the program, abstracts of the research are published and presented to incoming students during Undergraduate Orientation. Abstracts from previous years' programs are available below.

The Summer Research Program was initiated in 2007 by the Office of the Provost. Its success has been made possible by the financial support from the School’s most loyal and generous donors as well as supplements from the research grants of the mentoring faculty.

Application Process

The Undergraduate Summer Research program is open to all the School of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU 3+2 undergraduate students who have completed at least 32 credits of coursework at the commencement of the program with a GPA of 3.2 or above. During the spring semester, the Office of Undergraduate Academics will publish the faculty research projects and any special requirements their student researcher must have (i.e. lab experience or specific coursework). Students then fill out the application, including a short statement of intent, and may apply for up to three different projects, if they so choose. The faculty then review applications and select the student researcher that best fits their researching needs. Selected students will work full time (35 hours per week) on a paid basis on one project. Please note that students are not allowed to take courses or hold another job that will interfere with this full-time committment unless their faculty mentor allows them to do so.

Information on the 2015 program will be available during the 2015 spring semester and will be sent out to all School of Engineering students' NYU email addresses. If you are a NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU 3+2 dual-degree student and would like to request information on the 2015 program, you may do so by emailing uga.engineering@nyu.edu after February 1, 2015.

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Highlights of past programs include:

  • Guided tour of the School of Engineering's DUMBO Incubator
  • Producing Your Career Workshop by Amy Kopelan of Bedlam Entertainment, Inc.
  • GRE practice exams by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
  • Student presentations of work-in-progress to peers and faculty
  • Resume/cover letter writing workshop presented by Wasserman Career Center
  • Seminar led by Professor Myles Jackson on recent topics in BioEthics
  • Trip to see a NY Mets baseball game
  • Poster presentation and abstract publication


Learn more about the Undergraduate Summer Research Program by browsing the abstracts of the work completed over the past summers. The abstracts represent the culmination of over 350 hours of focused research, the full extent of which is presented in a poster session every year during Undergraduate Orientation.