Undergraduate Research: Symposium and Funds for Presenting at Academic Conferences

NYU Shanghai Academic Affairs provides opportunities for students to present their research work through the fall and spring semester Undergraduate Research Symposiums as well as external conferences.

Presentation at Academic Conference (PAC) grants: These awards provide limited funding for approved undergraduates at NYU Shanghai who have been selected to present their own original research at an academic conference related to their area of study. Please see here for instructions on how to apply. 

The NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Symposium is a university-wide celebration of research which showcases work from undergraduates spanning the Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science, and Business. The Symposium features recently completed projects by Major Honors students, as well as research papers and creative work by students for their Capstone Projects, Independent Study Courses and as part of the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF).

Visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the project that most impresses them, and a panel of NYU Shanghai faculty will select the winning projects. 


Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held online. All participants are only required to prepare 1) a research poster and 2) a 3-minute audio presentation that explains the poster.

All posters and audios will be posted on the Undergraduate Research Symposium website in May. Members of the NYU Shanghai community can view, comment on, and vote for their favorite projects. A panel of judges will evaluate the projects based on the quality of the project, the presentation, and the poster.

Application Instructions

There are two components to the application. You will need to: 

  • Ask your faculty mentor to submit the Faculty Endorsement Form by noon CST on April 8, 2022. ​​It is your responsibility to ensure that the form is received by the application deadline.
  • Fill out the Student Application Form by noon CST on April 8, 2022. For group projects, you only need to submit one application to include information of all team members. 
Important Dates
Application Opens: February 21, 2022
Application Deadline: April 8, 2022
Screen Results Announced: April 15, 2022
Online voting: Early to mid May

A Look Back

Winning Presentations from Previous Years

Programs from Previous Years

Photos from Previous years

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply?

All NYU Shanghai undergraduate students and study-away students are eligible to apply.

What’s the timeline to complete the application process?

Applications open on February 21, 2022(Shanghai time), and close on April 1, 2022 (Shanghai time). Selection results will be announced via email by April 15, 2022 (Shanghai time).

If we want to enter as a group, do all members need to apply individually?

For a group project, you only need to submit one application per group that includes all information of all team members.

What materials do I need to prepare in order to apply?

To apply, you need to have (1) an abstract (100 words max); (2) description of research project (500 words max)

Can I edit my application after submitting?

If you would like to make any changes before the application deadline, please email shanghai.academicassociates@nyu.edu.

What’s going to happen after I submit my application?

After the application is closed, the committee will go through all applications and the result will be announced via email by April 15, 2022 (Shanghai time). You will then need to prepare your poster and audio presentation.

The Academic Resource Center offers individual appointments to help you with your poster design, writing, speaking, and presentation skills.
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