Summer Research Program for College Juniors

June 3 to August 16, 2019

The 2019 Summer Research Program for College Juniors, beginning on Monday, June 3, 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 ten 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.

Applicants must submit:

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

Please note: The application for the 2019 Summer Research Program for College Juniors is not yet open. In the meantime, please complete the form below for more information about the program!

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2018 Research Opportunities

Feel free to browse the 2018 research topics and be sure to check back for a listing of the 2019 Summer Research opportunities!

Applied Physics

  • Fabry Perot Interferometry using CCD cameras

Center for Urban Science and Progress

  • Graphical User Interface Design for Viewing Massive Remote Sensing Data
  • Aerial Laser Scanning Analysis
  • Soundless Chemical Demolition Agents

Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • FarmBytes: Autonomous Vertical Farm Design & Impact
  • FarmBytes: Autonomous Vertical Farm Tech & Coding
  • 3D Printing of Neurons and Bone
  • Designing novel two-dimensional graphene-like nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Designing sustainable nanomaterials for lighting applications like photovoltaics and light emitting diodes
  • Studying fundamental thermal and electrical transport in hybrid organic inorganic nanomaterials
  • Characterization of block copolymer grain structure using depolarized light scattering
  • Effect of gold nanoparticles on laser-induced nucleation
  • Animated Algorithms
  • Assembly Language Emulator
  • Protein Engineered Biomaterials for Treating Osteoarthritis
  • Engineered Lipoproteoplexes for Gene Delivery
  • Amyloid aggregation implicated in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Glycosaminoglycan Biomarker Isolation
  • AlphaScreen Assays for Glycosaminoglycan Biomarkers
  • Liposome Models for Extracellular Vesicles
  • Solar-Hydrogen Production Devices
  • Nanostructured Electrocatalysts for Renewable Energy Conversion
  • Hybridization Thermodynamics
  • Pulsed Field Hybridization
  • Continuous-flow methane C-H activation catalysis
  • Design of a robust microfluidic wire-guided jet
  • Chemtris
  • The Panic Button
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Dash Cam
  • Staff of Gandalf
  • Simulation of Origins of life

Civil and Urban Engineering 

  • Electric Vehicle Carsharing Rebalancing
  • Large Scale Multiagent Simulation of NYC Mobility
  • Hacking Mobility Company Data
  • Environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Modeling of Medical Wastes
  • Accuracy of Waste Monitoring Systems for Medical Facilities
  • Environmental Footprint of Cataract Surgery in the US
  • Decay of Antibiotic Resistance Genes In the Environment

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Visualizing Machine Learning
  • Visualizing Reddit
  • Distraction Free Mobile Apps
  • Edu.Chat
  • Exploring New Types of Computing
  • Security and Machine Learning
  • Using the Go Programming Language to teach Distributed Systems
  • Index Tiering Techniques for Search Engines
  • Load Balancing and Query Routing Problems in Parallel Search Engines
  • SIMD-Algorithms for Top-k Search Query Processing with Large K

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems
  • Mixed Reality Engineering Laboratory
  • Adversarial Machine Learning
  • Deception in Cyber Security and Robotics
  • Cognitive Resource Allocation for the Internet of Things
  • 360 Degree Video Streaming Testbed Development and Evaluation
  • Computer Vision or Medical Image Analysis
  • Self-driving Cars


  • Mathematics of Climate Change
  • Hudson River Oyster Research Restoration Study

Mechanical Engineering

  • Simulation of the 3D printing process by Finite Element Method
  • Characterization of Composite Materials
  • Robotic Gait and Manipulation: Modeling, Control, and Experiment
  • Biomechanical Modeling and Testing of Human Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Velocity and pressure quantification of a subsonic flow past an airfoil
  • Robotic platform for fish behavioral experiments using a manipulator arm
  • Information flow between musicians in jam sessions
  • Bioengineering of Bone marrow-on-a-Chip model for immunotherapy of acute myeloid leukemia
  • Plasmofluidic Biosensing Microarray for Single-Cell Analysis
  • Tunable and Multifunctional Vascularized Brain Tumor Microenvironment for Cancer Angiogenesis Study
  • Product security in additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Development of lightweight polymer matrix composite materials
  • Development of fiber-optic loop sensor for structural health monitoring

Technology, Culture and Society 

  • To Co-Evolve
  • Legislature 2.0: CrowdLaw
  • Public Entrepreneurship
  • Solving Public Problems with Data
  • Climate Change Communication through Neural Networks and Machine Learning
  • Other Fields: Aesthetic Inquiry into Image Making with Scientific Data
  • Holographic Spacetime and Quantum Error Correction Codes
  • p5.js
  • OpenProcessing
  • OpenFrame

Technology Management and Innovation

  • Human-computer interaction: design novel user interfaces for consumer finance
  • Human-computer interaction: design novel user interfaces for personal genomics


2018 Summer Research Highlights

The 2018 Summer Research Program for College Juniors brought incredibly talented students from all over the country to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Research topics included the use of quantum dots as a method of early cancer detection, evaluating the effects of starvation in stress-induced e-coli, and developing ways to protect machine learning, to name a few. 

To learn more about this exciting program, download the Summer Research Program Abstracts.