Undergraduate Research

Honors Majors

Students pursuing the honors track are required to complete two consecutive semesters of research, CSCI-UA.0520/0521 Undergraduate Research, starting in their sixth semester of study (spring of junior year). In order to register for the Undergraduate Research course, the student must have an approved research proposal and a faculty sponsor, who will have agreed to guide and review the research project. The faculty sponsor will need to send email to the Program Administrator confirming the arrangement. For research topic ideas, view the Research Areas page on our website, attend Research Orientation Sessions and Department Colloquia, and speak with your faculty mentor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

At the conclusion of the second semester of research, the student will be required to submit a thesis (typically 40-60 pages in length) related to the research work, which the student can then present at NYU's Undergraduate Research Conference.

Honors students may also participate in other research projects and receive credit for their work through the CSCI-UA.0997/0998 Independent Study course, which may be taken for either two or four credits per semester. However, research done under the Independent Study umbrella will not count toward the CS major and will not fulfill any program requirements. The steps for registering for the Independent Study course are similar to the ones listed above: the student must have an approved research proposal and a faculty sponsor.

Non-Honors Majors

Although non-honors students are not required to participate in research, it is strongly encouraged, especially for those students that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in computer science. Students wishing to work on a research project should take the CSCI-UA.0520/0521 Undergradate Research course, which may be a one or two semester committment, to be determined in consultation with the faculty supervisor. In order to register for the Undergraduate Research course, the student must have an approved research proposal and a faculty sponsor, who will have agreed to guide and review the research project. The faculty sponsor will need to send email to the Program Administrator confirming the arrangement. For research topic ideas, view the Research Areas page on our website, attend Research Orientation Sessions and Department Colloquia, and speak with your faculty mentor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

At the conclusion of the research project, students will need to submit a write-up of the research results which the student can then present at NYU's Undergraduate Research Conference.

Students may also participate in other research projects and receive credit for their work through the CSCI-UA.0997/0998 Independent Study course, which may be taken for either two or four credits per semester. However, research done under the Independent Study umbrella will not count toward the CS major and will not fulfill any program requirements. The steps for registering for the Independent Study course are similar to the ones listed above: the student must have an approved research proposal and a faculty sponsor.


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