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 lab with their faculty mentors on research topics while also participating in weekly seminars presented by distinguished personnel. In addition, lunches where students can present the research they have completed 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 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 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 juniors and seniors who have a GPA of 3.2 or above. At the beginning of the spring semester, the Office of Undergraduate Academics publishes the faculty research projects and any special requirements student researchers must have (i.e. lab experience, specific coursework, minimum GPA). 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.

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 would like to request information on the 2016 program, you may do so by emailing uga.engineering@nyu.edu after February 1, 2016.

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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
  • 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.