Undergraduate Research Symposium and Conferences

The NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Symposium

The NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Symposium is a university-wide celebration of research which showcases work from graduating seniors spanning the arts and sciences, engineering and business. The Symposium features recently completed projects by Major Honors students, as well as research papers and creative work by graduating 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 and judges invited from local universities and enterprises will select winning presentations.

In Spring 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the symposium has been moved online. The projects will be exhibited on the symposium website along with posters, supporting audio/video and texts. The NYU Shanghai community will be able to cast a vote online for their favourite project!

Important Dates
Applications Open: Feb 10, 2020
Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Finalists Announced: April 17, 2020
Presentation Date: May 16, 2020
Undergraduates! Applications will be open on Feb 10, 2020, don’t miss out.
The Academic Resource Center offers individual appointments to help you with your poster design, writing, speaking, and presentation skills.
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Photos from Previous years

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am selected as a finalist, do I have to submit a video? How long should the video be?

Yes, you need to submit a video explaining your project. The video should be 10-15 minutes long.

Am I required to participate in the Research Symposium, or is it optional?

All NYU Shanghai students completing research papers or projects for Major Honors requirements, DURF, Independent Study Courses or Capstone Projects, are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to apply. Senior students completing other research projects and activities are also welcome to apply.

What’s the timeline to complete the application process?

Applications open on April 3rd, 2020, and close on April 17th, 2020. Selection results will be posted on the website by April 30th, 2020. Students will receive notification emails with more detailed information.

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, while the information of all team members need to be included.

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

To apply, you need to have (1) an abstract (1000 characters); (2) Description of Research Project (Limit to 500 words)

Can I edit my application after submitting?

If you would like to make any changes before the application deadline, please email nyush.academic.associates@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 on the website by April 30th, 2020. You will then need to prepare your poster and video.