The Capstone Project is one of the culminating experiences for all students at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Every student at NYUAD will conduct Capstone research in their fourth year, a demanding, year-long endeavor aiming at a significant piece of research or creative work; an historical narrative, musical composition, performance, invention, documented experiment, scholarly thesis, or other form appropriate to the student’s goals.


Students take an experimental neurobiology class at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Looking in microscopes.

(Photo / Silvia Razgova - Philip Cheung)

Unlike other courses in which faculty establish the structure and set assignments, the Capstone Project puts the student in charge. The fundamental challenge is to enter unmapped terrain and to extend oneself in making knowledge, reframing conventional approaches to an issue or creating something new.

No matter what form the Capstone takes, each student will have a faculty mentor and participate in a Capstone seminar that serves as a collaborative learning forum to discuss the research process and present work in progress. At the end of the school year, the students will present their Capstone work at a university-wide celebration of their creative achievements.


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