Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Each summer, members of the School of Engineering faculty open up their labs to allow NYU School of Engineering, NYU CAS/SOE 3+2 and NYU Abu Dhabi rising junior and senior undergraduate students 10 weeks of hands-on research under faculty mentorship. Students work full time in the labs with their faculty mentors and other mentors on research topics while also participating in seminars presented by distinguished personnel. In addition, research presentations and poster sessions are held in which students have the opportunity to present their research to peoples of all disciplines and backgrounds. 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 UG Summer Research Program was initiated in 2007 and 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 Office of Undergraudate Academics and research grants of the mentoring faculty.

Application Process

The Undergraduate Summer Research program is open to all NYU School of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU CAS/SOE 3+2 rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or above. At the beginning of the spring semester, the Office of Undergraduate Academics emails the faculty research projects and any special requirements student researchers must have (i.e. lab experience, specific completed coursework, minimum GPA) to all Tandon students. NYU AD and NYU 3+2 students receive this information from their program coordinators. Students then fill out the application, including a short statement of intent, a resume, and an unofficial transcript in which they may apply for up to three different projects at most, 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 on- or off-campus that will interfere with this full-time committment.

Information on the 2016 program will be available during the 2016 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 are interested in in participating in the 2016 program, you will receive this information from Asma Kamal (NYU AD) or Tyrell Davis (NYU 3+2) when the information is availale. Please contact them in this regard.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to uga.engineering@nyu.edu.

Note: Students from outside universities are not eligible to apply for this program directly, but can participate by way of the Summer Research Program for College Juniors, if eligible.

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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 exam by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
  • Student presentations of work-in-progress to peers and faculty
  • Resume/cover letter information session presented by Wasserman Career Center
  • Seminar led by Professor Myles Jackson on recent topics in BioEthics
  • Trip to see a NY Mets baseball game
  • Research Panels
  • 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.