NYU Arts & Science
Undergraduate Research

The research university presents undergraduates with the chance to learn by collaborating on research projects with faculty. This learning experience is centered on the creation of new knowledge and gives you the opportunity to learn new skills. This might take different forms depending on the kind of research and the field you study. Many undergraduates participate in research.


SPS's First Annual Research Fair

Monday, October 1st, 2018, 6:10 pm, 726 Broadway, 10th Floor, 1067

Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Recipients 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce that the following Physics Majors have been awarded DURF grants.
  • JOSEPH CORRADO, Mathematics, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • AKSHUNNA DOGRA, Mathematics, Physics, Collegiate Research Scholar
  • SOPHIE DVALI, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • ROSS HARRIS FLAXMAN, Mathematics, Physics, Collegiate Research Scholar
  • ARVI GJOKA, Computer Science, Physics, Collegiate Research Scholar
  • HARKANWAL KANWAL, Chemistry, Physics College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • MITCHELL KARMEN, Physics, Collegiate Research Scholar
  • SUNG CHING LIU, Chemistry, Physics, Collegiate Research Scholar
  • KAITLYN MORRELL, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • MICHAEL O'BRIEN, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • WILLIAM REDMAN, Mathematics, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • AHMED SHERIF, Physics, Kringstein Family Research Scholar
  • JOSHUA TONG, Mathematics, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
  • YVONNE ZAGZAG, Physics, College of Arts and Science Parents Research Scholar
You can learn more about these grants by going to http://www.nyu.edu/cas/DURF/.


Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Awards for Fall 2015

We are pleased to announce that the following Physics Majors have been awarded DURF grants. There is another round of awards given in Spring 2015.
  • Eli Corcos (Mentor: Prof. Alexandra Zidovska)
  • Shannon Haley (Mentor: Prof. Alexandra Zidovska)
  • Nikitas Kanellakopoulos (Mentor: Prof. David Grier)
  • Akshunna Shaurya Dogra (Mentor: Prof. Andrew Kent)
  • Likhit Ganidi (Mentor: Prof. Leif Ristroph)
  • George Hajjar (Mentor: Prof. Leif Ristroph)
  • Dean Huang (Mentor: Prof. Leif Ristroph)
  • Priya Kasimberg (Mentor: Prof. David Grier)
  • Xuanzi Zhang (Mentor: Prof. Andrew Kent)
You can learn more about these grants by going to http://www.nyu.edu/cas/DURF/.


Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Awards for Fall 2014

We are pleased to announce that the following Physics Majors have been awarded DURF grants. There is another round of awards given in Spring 2015.
  • Lauren Blackburn (Mentor: Prof. David Grier)
  • S. Nathasha Edogage (Mentor: Prof. Marc Gershow)
  • Nikitas Kanellakopoulos (Mentor: Prof. David Grier)
You can learn more about these grants by going to http://www.nyu.edu/cas/DURF/.


American Physical Society Award to NYU Physics Major

"Portrait of a Flow in 3 Colors" by Natalie Agre, Prof. Jun Zhang, and Prof. Leif Ristroph has been selected as one of the Van Dyke Award poster winners for the 2014 Gallery of Fluid Motion. 2014 Gallery of Fluid Motion


Higgs Hunters Project

NYU Abu Dhabi student Jeffrey Mei contributed to the Higgs Hunters project under the mentorship of Prof. Andy Haas. Learn more about it by going to http://www.higgshunters.org/#/team.


40th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference,
Friday, April 25, 2014

Panel Presentation and Poster Winner:
  • Natalie Bernat for "The Neurological Nature of Decisions Made in Response to External Stimuli"
You can see the list of winners by going to http://www.cas.nyu.edu/docs/CP/815/URC_Winners_2014.pdf.

Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Awards for Spring 2014

We are pleased to announce that the following Physics Major has been awarded a DURF grant. Grants are awarded in the Fall and the Spring semesters.
  • Natalie Bernat (Mentor: Prof. Marc Gershow)
  • Natalie Agre (Mentor: Prof. Jun Zhang)


NYU Abu Dhabi Students Work in NYU Physics Lab

Xiao-Hua Liu spent Summer 2012 working with Prof. Jun Zhang on simulations of diffusion of self-propelled nanorods.

Paige Hasebe spent Summer 2012 working in the laboratory of Prof. David Grier.

Bronx High School of Science Student's Work in NYU Physics Lab Recognized

Steve Shen a high school student from Bronx Science who worked in the lab of Prof. Andrew Kent for 3 years (Fall 2009-Spring 2012). He worked on "Magnetic Force Microscopy Studies of Ferromagnetic Thin Films with Stripe Domains" and received 3rd place Award for Physics at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) & 2nd in Physics in Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). He just started at NYU in the Fall 2012 semester.

NYU Physics Major Receives Leadership Award

Abigail Polin has been recognized as one of the SPS Leadership Scholarship Awardees for 2012 by the National Society of Physics Students of the American Institute of Physics.

NYU Abu Dhabi Students Visiting NYU Physics Department

For Summer 2012 we are pleased to host the following students from NYU Abu Dhabi:
  • Sumit Dahal
  • Adam Dolan
  • Paige Hasebe
  • Ben Higgins
  • Usama Hussain
  • Jeffrey Mei
  • Seungman Oh
You can learn more about NYU Abu Dhabi by going to http://nyuad.nyu.edu/.

Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund

The College of Arts and Science is very interested in fostering undergraduate participation in research. Monetary support is available through the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund (http://cas.nyu.edu/page/ug.DeansResearchFund.html), which provides grants ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Since the 2007-08 academic year, through the Spring 2013 semester, the following Physics majors have been awarded DURF grants:
  • Adrian Vatchinsky
  • David Mykytyn
  • Jakob Gollwitzer
  • Mohamad Saleh
  • Abigail Polin
  • Bezia Laderman
  • Christopher Peel
  • Joyce Laine
  • Aukosh Jagannath
  • Jesse Amato-Grill
  • Bernard Beckerman
  • Patrick Maffucci
  • Emma Storm
  • Annie Weathers
  • Lisa Tran
  • George Wong (awarded 3 DURF grants)
You can learn more about these grants by going to http://www.nyu.edu/cas/DURF/.

Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

You can learn more about the conference by going to http://cas.nyu.edu/page/ug.researchconference.html.


39th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference,
Friday, April 12, 2013

New York University College of Arts and Science 39th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Poster Winner:
  • Jakob Gollwitzer for his poster "Magnetization Reversal in Co/Pt Thin Films with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy"

38th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference,
Friday, April 13, 2012

New York University College of Arts and Science 38th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Panel Winners:
  • Bezia Laderman
  • Christopher Peel
  • Abigail Polin
  • Lisa Tran
Poster Winners:
  • Mark Korpics
  • Kelvin Rodriguez

37th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference,
Friday, April 15, 2011


36th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference,
Friday, April 16, 2010

Undergraduate Research Conference Prize Winners from the Physics Department: Jesse Amato-Grill, Elisabeth Shanblatt, and Annie Weathers.



Publications by Faculty and Undergraduate Student Collaborations


The following is a partial list of publications produced with collaborations between Physics Department faculty and undergraduate students.


  1. Caragine CM, Haley SC, Zidovska A, Surface fluctuations and coalescence of nucleolar droplets in the human cell nucleus, Phys. Rev. Lett., 121,148101, (2018), PMID: 30339413

  2. Flexible wide-field high-resolution scanning camera for continuous-wave acoustic holography, H. W. Gao, K. I. Mishra, A. Winters, S. Wolin and D. G. Grier, Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 114901 (2018). (preprint) arXiv

  3. Machine-learning techniques for fast and accurate feature localization in holograms of colloidal particles, M. D. Hannel, A. Abdulali, M. O'Brien and D. G. Grier, Optics Express 26, 15221-15231 (2018). (preprint) arXiv

  4. Chu FY, Haley SC, Zidovska A, "On the origin of shape fluctuations of the cell nucleus", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114 (39), 10338-10343, (2017), PMID: 28900009

  5. "Measuring Boltzmann's constant through holographic video microscopy of a single colloidal sphere", Bhaskar Jyoti Krishnatreya, Arielle Colen-Landy, Paige Hasebe, Breanna A. Bell, Jasmine R. Jones, Anderson Sunda-Meya, and David G. Grier, American Journal of Physics 82, 23 (2014).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/boltzmann4c/boltzmann4c.pdf

  6. "Living Crystals of Light-Activated Colloidal Surfers", Jeremie Palacci, Stefano Sacanna, A. S. Steinberg, David J. Pine and Paul M. Chaikin, Science 339, 936 - 940 (2013).
    http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6122/936.abstract

  7. "Shaping colloids for self-assembly", Stefano Sacanna, Mark Korpics, Kelvin Rodriguez, Laura Colón-Meléndez, Seung-Hyun Kim, David J. Pine and Gi-Ra Yi, Nature Communications 4, 1688 (2013).
    http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n4/abs/ncomms2694.html

  8. "No Flares from Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglow Blast Waves Encountering Sudden Circumburst Density Change", I. Gat, H. van Eerten, A. MacFadyen, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 773, Issue 1, article id. 2, 17 pp. (2013).
    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1304.3415v2.pdf

  9. "Domain-domain interactions in Filamin A (16-23) impose a hierarchy of unfolding forces," T. Xu, H. Lannon, S. Wolf, F. Nakamura, J. Brujic, Biophys. J., 104, 9, 2022 - 2230 (2013).
    http://www.cell.com/biophysj/retrieve/pii/S0006349513003731

  10. "Intrinsic Stability of a body hovering in an oscillating airflow," Bin Liu, Leif Ristroph, Annie Weathers, Stephen Childress and Jun Zhang, Physical Review Letters, 108, 068103 (2012).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/publications/lrwcz2012.pdf

  11. "Extended and knotted optical traps in three dimensions", E. R. Shanblatt and D. G. Grier, Optics Express 19, 5833-5838 (2011).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/soring5b/soring5b.pdf

  12. "Hovering of a rigid pyramid in an oscillatory airflow," Annie Weathers, Brendan Folie, Bin Liu, Stephen Childress and Jun Zhang, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 650, 415 (2010).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/publications/bug2010.pdf

  13. "The shapes of planetary nebula halos", Huggins, P. J., Lott, A. D., & Greenfield, B. L., American Astronomical Society, 215, 454.23 (2010).
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AAS...21545423H

  14. "What bandwidth do I need for my image?", Price-Whelan, A. M. & Hogg, D. W., Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific accepted, arXiv:0910.2375 (2010).
    http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.2375

  15. Flow visualization and flow cytometry with holographic video microscopy, F. C. Cheong, B. Sun, R. Dreyfus, J. Amato-Grill, K. Xiao, L. Dixon and D. G. Grier, Optics Express 17, 13071-13079 (2009).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/gpu10b,

  16. "The shapes of asymptotic giant branch envelopes as probes of binary companions", Huggins, P. J., Mauron, N., & Wirth, E. A., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 396, 1805 (2009).
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009MNRAS.396.1805H

  17. "Optical forces arising from phase gradients", Y. Roichman, B. Sun, Y. Roichman, J. Amato-Grill and D. G. Grier, Physical Review Letters 100, 013602 (2008).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/phaseforce8b

  18. "Standing surface waves on a semi-toroidal water ring," S. Jung, E. Kim, M. Shelley and J. Zhang, Physics of Fluids 19, 058105 (2007).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/publications/WaterRing.pdf

  19. "Performance of optical traps with geometric aberrations", Y. Roichman, A. S. Waldron, E. Gardel and D. G. Grier, Applied Optics 45, 3425-3429 (2006).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/grierlab/aberration5b/
    Note: Alex Waldron and Emily Gardel were REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) students.

  20. "The asymmetric relations among galaxy color, structure, and environment", Quintero, A. D., Berlind, A. A., Blanton, M. R., & Hogg, D. W., , arXiv:astro-ph/0611361 (2006).
    http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0611361

  21. "What triggers galaxy transformations? The environments of post-starburst galaxies," Hogg, D. W., Masjedi, M., Berlind, A. A., Blanton, M. R., Quintero, A. D., & Brinkmann, J., Astrophys. J. 650 763--769 DOI: 10.1086/507172 (2006).
    http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0004-637X/650/2/763

  22. "The dynamics of a flexible loop in a quasi-2D flow," K. Mareck, S. Jung, M. Shelley and J. Zhang, Physics of Fluids 18, 091112 (2006).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/publications/LoopGallery.pdf

  23. "Dynamics of a deformable body in a fast flowing soap flow," S. Jung, K. Mareck, M. Shelley and J. Zhang, Physical Review Letters, 97, 134502 (2006).
    http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/publications/Loop2006.pdf

  24. "A new Milky Way companion: Unusual globular cluster or extreme dwarf satellite?," Willman, B., Blanton, M. R., West, A. A., Dalcanton, J. J, Hogg, D. W., Schneider, D. P., Wherry, N., Yanny, B., & Brinkmann, J., Astron. J. 129 2692--2700 DOI: 10.1086/430214 (2005.
    http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1538-3881/129/6/2692/204431.web.pdf?request-id=47d5677d-ab36-4670-8ced-1bfa26982393

  25. "Mid-infrared and visible photometry of galaxies: Anomalously low polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission from low-luminosity galaxies," Hogg, D. W., Tremonti, C. A., Blanton, M. R., Finkbeiner, D. P., Padmanabhan, N., Quintero, A. D., Schlegel, D. J., & Wherry, N., Astrophys. J. 624 162-167 DOI: 10.1086/429686 (2005).
    http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/0004-637X/624/1/162/61174.web.pdf?request-id=88697c87-a674-4fb8-b5de-349c2bc774ef

  26. "Filaments as Possible Signatures of Magnetic Field Structure in Planetary Nebulae," Huggins, P. J., & Manley, S. P., Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 117, 665 (2005).
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005PASP..117..665H

  27. "More informative picture of the HST Ultra Deep Field", Wherry, N., Blanton, M. R., & Hogg, D. W., arXiv:astro-ph/0406274 (2004).
    http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0406274

  28. "Preparing red-green-blue images from CCD data", Lupton, R., Blanton, M. R., Fekete, G., Hogg, D. W., O'Mullane, W., Szalay, A., & Wherry, N., Pubs. Astr. Soc. Pac. 116 133-137 DOI: 10.1086/382245 (2004).

  29. "Selection and photometric properties of K+A galaxies," Quintero, A. D., Hogg, D. W., et al, Astrophys. J. 602 190--199 DOI:10.1086/380601 (2004).
    http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0004-637X/602/1/190

  30. "Current-induced effective magnetic fields in Cu/Co/Cu Nanopillars," M. Zimmler, B. Oezyilmaz, W. Chen, A. D. Kent, J. Z. Sun, M. Rooks and R. Koch, Physical Review B 70, 184438 (2004).
    http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v70/i18/e184438