NYU's College of Arts and Science has long been focused on promoting a variety of undergraduate research. Students at the College spend time working with teams of scientists in laboratories, picking through boxes in archival libraries, or interviewing eyewitnesses to cultural and historical events in foreign countries.
The opportunity to perform various kinds of research is open to all students. Each of the College's majors offer Honors tracks and many students go on to write the Senior Honors thesis, a capstone project requiring research within their major. In addition to departmental funding, the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund—created through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends—provides students in the College with the necessary financial support.
The College's Undergraduate Research Conference is an annual celebration of student research established over forty years ago, encompassing the sciences, humanities, and social science.