Summer Research

NYUAD students have the opportunity to apply for grants from the Office of Research that support summer research in Abu Dhabi and other universities and centers around the world. The number of students doing research in Abu Dhabi has increased each year.

Number of Summer Undergraduate Research Positions Funded
Profile of Abdullah Mahomed

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.


Understanding Oceanography on a Research Expedition to Greenland

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 for UAE Students

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.

Scientists Launch World's Most Sensitive Tool to Find Dark Matter

Science Matters

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