Celebrating Undergraduate Research

May 18 2018

On May 12, NYU Shanghai’s graduating seniors presented their final research projects to the public at the University’s second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, which highlights the most outstanding work by students in the arts and sciences, engineering and business.

The university-wide celebration of undergraduate research showcased the work of Major Honors students, as well as projects undertaken for Capstones, independent study courses, and the Deans’ Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF).



More than 50 students gave oral presentations, one-on-one poster presentations and technical demonstrations to faculty and visitors, while the event also featured musical performances by the NYU Shanghai Chamber Ensemble, the NYU Shanghai Chorale, and the piano studio of Meiling Chen, and an exhibition of photography work by students.

The students’ research was evaluated by a panel of NYU Shanghai faculty and external judges from local universities and industries, who awarded prizes for the most exceptional projects, a selection of which can be viewed below.


The Best Poster Presentation for Business, Humanities, and Social Science was awarded to Josie D. Gidman ‘18, Self-Designed Honors Major. She conducted a comparative analysis of three conservative Christian legal organizations.



Yao Yuxia ‘18, Computer Science, and Zhao Yi ‘18, Computer Science, won the Best Poster Presentation for Computer Science with their presentation titled Computer Architecture Probe.



The Best Poster Presentation for Mathematics and Science went to Zhang Xinying ‘18, Neural Science, whose research studied training-induced synaptic maturation in dorsal hippocampus during infantile age.



The Most Popular Presentation went to Li Xiang ‘18, Social Science, who compared the policies regarding the refugee crisis in Germany and Jordan.



The Best Technology/Visual Demonstration went to Cha Mi Kim ’18, who explored the uncertainty of death and the role it plays in our lives.