Congratulations to the students featured in this year's Global Engagement Symposium Spotlight! They were nominated by the staff and faculty for their outstanding work and, as a result, will be automatically considered for one of NYU's two nominations for the prestegious Forum on Education Abroad's Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

In lieu of an in-person symposium during spring 2022, the Office of Global Programs and partners have featured notable internationally-focused research and experiences from students who studied away during the academic year 2021-2022. 

Featured Students


Hannah Gallacher

Liberal Studies

La Manifestation et la Critique: Hip Hop’s Journey from the Global to the Local

Headshot of Hannah Gallacher

Hannah's paper examines the relationship between the global and the local specifically in relation to French hip hop music, and the artist Youssoupha. Her research has been impacted by her two semesters studying abroad in Paris, and for this reason focuses on the impact of the global US form of hip hop on the local form of French hip hop which is exemplified in Youssoupha's work.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Joanna Ibrahim

Tandon School of Engineering

Molecular Simulations on Atmospheric Water Harvesting Using Adsorbents

Joanna Ibrahim

Joanna's research examines a promising method for overcoming water scarcity in arid regions called Atmospheric Water Harvesting, which uses a number of absorbents. The Kirmizialtin lab and its researchers applied computational analysis to this process in order to further our understanding.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Anand Kumar

CAS (Liberal Studies Core)

Vikramshila Mahavira : Rebuilding a History in Ruins

Anand Kumar

“The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.” This statement of India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, might help answer the question: why is Bihar, a state holding approximately 1.25% of the world’s population, still plagued with poverty and illiteracy? Bihar’s nostalgia for living in the past without valuing its artistic legacies has kept this region as well as the rest of the world from experiencing several medieval historic sites of significance and beauty. Vikramshila Mahavira (either Hindi for “best knowledge” or named after the king “Vikram”), the place of origin of Lamaism and once home to one of the three epicenters of learning in India, now stands dilapidated. This project takes viewers on a multimedia tour of this forgotten cultural treasure, with the intention of drawing global attention to a worthy site and also of reminding Bihar of the history that could change its future.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Mae Liu

Liberal Studies

Glory, Fate, and Immortality Through Art: Reimagining Homer's "Iliad" Across Generations

Mae Liu

Mae examined the preservation, innovation, and communication of art using the "Iliad". By drawing parallels between Homer’s craft, subsequent artistic renditions, and Mae's own original composition, she investigated the stylistic changes and motifs throughout time that keep the essence of “old art” pertinent to generations of readers. Is there a point to struggle against forces that feel so out of our control—be it Achilles’ tragic destiny, or the uncertain fate of classic texts against the tides of time? This project aims to tell.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Bincheng Mao

Global Liberal Studies

East Coast Coalition for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (ECC)

Bincheng Mao

Bincheng founded a US-registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting social inclusion for marginalized minorities, mobilizing over 4,000 volunteers from 17 universities. ECC has conducted 7 social equity projects, including the nationally recognized Equitable Health Care Access for Minorities. This project has helped over 85,000 minorities access life-saving medical attention during COVID, and was featured on the front-page of Fox New York. Bincheng was awarded by former US President Clinton for carrying out this project, and Ms. Chelsea Clinton also gave ECC's efforts a personal shoutout on Twitter. Additionally, Bincheng also launched the Inclusion Advocate initiative at ECC, raising public awareness of minority inclusion and public service. Bincheng has represented Inclusion Advocate to conduct interviews with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, and former World Bank President Robert Zoellick. Inclusion Advocate has accumulated over 5 million views from unique visitors on ECC's website.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Jesiah Matthews & Erika Kamanou-Tenta

College of Arts & Science

Social Entrepreneurship Capstone - IVG Ghana

Jesiah Matthews & Ericka Dominique

Project Photo

Jesiah and Erika taught a collective of six recent high school graduates over the course of a three-month internship how to solve problems in their communities through social entrepreneurship in Chorkor, Ghana at non-profit B.A.S.I.C.S

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

Gayatri Tyagi

Tandon School of Engineering

qVerified: Quantum Compilation Verification

Gayatri Tyagi

Gayatri's project was done over the duration of the 2022 Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World, an annual hackathon held by New York University Abu Dhabi. The hackathon draws participants from 57 countries to work together and come up with innovative solutions to societal problems. Gayatri's team's project saves time for quantum computing scientists by verifying that their quantum circuits are compiled correctly before the instructions are sent to the Quantum Computer.

Q&A With the Office of Global Programs

Dorothy Zhang

Tandon School of Engineering

Analyzing U.S. Public Opinion Data

Dorothy Zhang

Dorothy's research over the semester analyzes trends in US public opinion survey data to predict political party affiliations based on the language used within the question text using natural language processing.

Q&A with the Office of Global Programs

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