Summer Research

Every summer NYUAD students perform research both in Abu Dhabi and at other universities and centers around the world. Competitive grants are available to support students in their research pursuits and students may also be funded by their faculty supervisor. The number of students doing research has increased each year, with over 180 students performing summer research in 2018.

Lending a Helping Hand With the Local Economy in Kumawu

The Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) organizes summer trips to Kumawu, a small town in Ghana, where students work with the local population and develop apps to help improve their lives and livelihoods.


During the summer, I took part in research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The most rewarding and inspiring aspect of my experience at KAUST was interacting with the outstanding faculty and staff from various disciplines. The experience opened my eyes to a world of possibilities that can be achieved through scholarship and research.

Abdullah Ismail Mohamed, Class of 2016

Case Studies

Frog Studies in Ethiopia

Jigar Govind, Class of 2018, embarked on a frog collecting expedition across Ethiopia alongside Dr. Stephane Boissinot, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduates during the first three weeks of his research experience. The next five weeks entailed extracting and sequencing DNA in the Boissinot Lab at NYUAD to study the genomics, metagenomics, and gene expression. “I am excited to discover what our research reveals regarding the host-pathogen interactions of the frogs we collected and the microorganisms that share their body space.”

Working With Farmers in Ghana

Mina Kim, Class of 2018, worked at the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) in Kumawu, Ghana, directed by Professor Yaw Nyarko. She took part in a project to familiarize local farmers in Kumawu with a mobile commodity market created by CTED, while analyzing the price data of various commodities from traditional markets in Ghana. She said, "The lessons I learned came from stepping into the community and talking to local farmers. Their input inspired new ideas and revealed problems to be tackled. I saw various projects making slow yet significant change to people’s lives, and I am honored and grateful to have been a part of such change.”

Performance Arts in Italy

Salber Lee Williams, Class of 2017, traveled to Florence, Italy with a selected group of six undergraduate actors from the NYU Tisch Drama department and dancers, both alumni and current Tisch MFA Dance students. Under the guidance of the Dean of Tisch, Allyson Green, they created a site-specific performance piece in the sculpture gardens of Villa La Pietra: an exploration of the incredible surroundings and a moment of reflection on life, as they located the point of intersection between dance and theater.


Historic Research

NYUAD students traveled to Greenland with the NYUAD Center for Global Sea Level Change to watch history in the making: melting glaciers.

Out of this World Internship

Two physics students took part in a three-week research internship at the Italian Space Agency, a first for NYUAD.

Science Matters

Several NYUAD students traveled to an underground laboratory in Italy to participate in an international science collaboration to understand dark matter.