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Undergraduate Research

Educating and preparing future leaders is central to the mission of the university. Through student research experiences, we seek to cultivate a spirit of inquiry, creativity, and independent ambition.

The largest independent research university in the United States, NYU has a long tradition of innovation that extends back to its founding in the early 1800s, when telegraph inventor Samuel Morse operated a laboratory in NYU’s original Gothic-style building (now the location of the Silver Center for Arts and Science).

Every day, our students and faculty are contributing to the advancement of the sciences, arts, humanities, and professional areas in a wide variety of fields.

  • NYU physicists have been working on the team making discoveries about the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle, thought to be the building block of the universe.
  • Thomas Sargent, a professor in both the College of Arts and Science and the Stern School of Business, recently won the Nobel Prize for his research in economics.
  • Dispersal patterns of spider monkeys in Belize, questions of free will in The Iliad, and glucose regulation in diabetes, were just a few of the more than 200 topics on which students presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

You will be encouraged to participate in NYU’s groundbreaking research by working in tandem with your professors and by conducting individual inquiries, supervised by a faculty mentor. In addition, each spring you will have the opportunity to present your research projects at the Undergraduate Research Conference and have your findings published in NYU’s annual undergraduate research journal, Inquiry.

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