Undergraduate Research

What is research? And can undergraduates pursue research? NYU's College of Arts and Science has long been at the forefront of promoting undergraduate research, which can take many shapes. Students at NYU spend time working with teams of scientists in laboratories; they spend time picking through boxes in archival libraries; they interview eyewitnesses to cultural and historical events in foreign countries. Curiosity drives academic inquiry: as long as you have a question that needs answering, you can undertake research.

All of our majors offer Honors tracks, to which original inquiry is central, and many of our students go on to write the Senior Honors thesis, which is a capstone project requiring research within their major. But the opportunity to perform various kinds of research is open to all students. The Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund, created through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends, provides students in the College with the material support necessary to carry out their inquiries. In addition, departmental funding is also available, particularly in the sciences, through individual faculty members' grants. Our annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which was established over thirty years ago and encompasses the sciences, humanities, and social science, is a celebration of the variety of research our students undertake.

This website provides you with faculty research opportunities, internships, and possible funding sources. We hope it will help in pursuing a research project as part of your education.