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.

Each student will have a faculty mentor for their Capstone.


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.

I never thought I would get the opportunity to work on the largest dark matter experiment in the world for my Capstone... I created computer simulations of particles colliding with each other and use the data to help design and build a physical detector.

Panos Oikonomou, Class of 2022

Work on Your Research Interest

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.

Featured Capstones

We share some of the write-ups from our students' Capstone projects.

Capstones in 10 Seconds

Class of 2019 summarize their creative and intellectual discoveries on camera. Each student explains his or her Capstone Project in just 10 seconds while standing in front of a green screen constructed from an image, video, or keyword related to their project. 


Capstone Project That Could Inform Government Policy on Coronavirus

Anh Mai's preemptive project aims to help government health organizations make informed decisions and implement the most effective intervention strategies in response to the outbreak of a widespread disease.

More Than a Stack of Papers

Undergraduate research generates important knowledge about things and issues that didn’t even exist a few decades ago.

Capstone Project Wins Top Prize

Senior Ahmed Meshref's Capstone project clinched the top prize in the Accounting, Economics, and Finance category at the Undergraduate Research Competition in Abu Dhabi.

Global Thinkers

Ten Capstone Projects that prove NYU Abu Dhabi students are global thinkers.