Undergraduate Research

Research is an important part of education at NYU Abu Dhabi and research opportunities are threaded throughout the undergraduate program across all four academic divisions.

Students become active investigators and experience the challenge, creativity, and rigor involved in grappling with unanswered questions, proposing answers, considering problems from new angles, and developing data.

At NYUAD, research is not limited to the senior year and to advanced courses. We understand research as a fundamental mode of learning that is applicable at every level of study. The required courses in most majors consider research methods and clarify the distinctive approaches of the disciplines. The Capstone Project required in the students' senior year is a research-intensive experience.


One of the most interesting parts of my research was troubleshooting for my experiments. Coming up with new protocols and improving them with my mentor has been a really helpful tool to have for my further studies.

Gloria Jansen, Class of 2018


NYUAD offers the following competitive grants:

  • Grants to support students who have secured non-credit summer research positions, under the direction of a faculty supervisor; and
  • Conference grants to support students who have been selected to present their research at academic conferences.

Featured Research

NYUAD and the XENON Dark Matter Program

NYUAD undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in fantastic summer research projects that take them around the world. Several students traveled to Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy to participate in the effort to understand dark matter, that mysterious substance that theoretically accounts for more than 80 percent of the total mass of the universe.

I had the opportunity to assist Professor Adam Ramey on an exciting research endeavor concerning American political scandals. The research opened doors that I could have not imagined because the skillset that I developed is an invaluable asset that transcends conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Massimiliano W. Valli, Class of 2016

Undergraduate Research Report 2019 (PDF)