Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF)
The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) awards funding to undergraduates at NYU Shanghai for summer research in any field of study.
The DURF broadly defines research as scholarly or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original, critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance.
Students interested in any form of research may apply. You can work alone or in a group, in a traditional or interdisciplinary field, in a professor’s lab or in a studio – it’s up to you. All you need is a well thought-out, feasible plan and a Faculty Mentor willing to commit to supervising your project.
It is permissible for your research to be conducted outside of Shanghai. However, the proposal should include an explanation for why the work can be done in the proposed location and how you and your Faculty Mentor will work together if you are not in the same location.
The limits on participation and mentorship are not meant to be constraints on research, but only reflect limitations on DURF funding. Students are encouraged to do research which falls outside of the DURF program, in addition, students may participate in a DURF project even if they are not one of the three funded team members of that project.
If you intend to apply, please carefully review the details and application instructions in below. You can also download a PDF version of the DURF document.
You are eligible to apply if you satisfy all of the below requirements:
• You are enrolled at NYU Shanghai in Spring 2017 (even if you are studying away from Shanghai);
• You will also be an enrolled NYU Shanghai student for Fall 2017 (even if you are studying away from Shanghai);
• You are in good academic standing (not on academic probation) with a minimum semester GPA of 3.30 from the past fall semester, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.
• You are able to secure a Faculty Mentor to supervise your project. The Faculty Mentor should mentor no more than two projects during the summer.
You may apply to do a project on your own or work with other students on a group project. There should be no more than three members per group. Every team member must meet the GPA requirements to participate. If you are receiving any other funding, you are not eligible to receive DURF funding. If you accept other funding after you receive DURF funding, you need to return your DURF funding.
Dates and Deadlines
DURF 2017 Online Application Available: February 13, 2017
Deadline to submit online application: March 15, 2017
Faculty Mentor to submit endorsement letter: March 15, 2017
Notification of Admission Status: Around April 10, 2017
The 2016 DURF recipients have completed the following projects:
|1||A Framework for Implementing More General-Purposed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent Using Monte Carlo Tree Search and Multiple Levels of Cooperating Neural Networks|
|2||A Unified Approach to Characterization of the Myerson Value and the Shapley Value Through Application of the Mobius Functions|
|3||Application of Deep Learning in Diagnosing Heart Disease|
|4||Application of Klein Bottle in Virtual Reality Maze|
|5||Asymmetric Dominance Effect in Two-Person Zero-Sum Games with Unique Mixed-Strategy Solution|
|6||Becoming the "Other": An Investigation into How Racial/National Identity Can Affect the Ways Expats in China Respond to Feelings of "Otherness"|
|7||Bring "Where" to "What": Integrating Attention into Convolutional Neural Net Based On Neuroscience Insights|
|8||Can Our Minds Influence Our Behavior|
|9||Characterizing HIV Risk Factors Among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Who Use the Geosocial-networking Application Jack'd in Shanghai, China|
|10||China and the New Orientalism of Ferdinand Marcos: Examining Asian Identity and Rhetoric in the Marcos Visits to China|
|11||Comparative Network Analysis of Twitter and VKontakte on the Spread of Information|
|12||Credit Ratings in China: What Are the Standards and Are They Effective|
|13||Designing New Deep Neural Networks Activation Functions with Computational Neuroscience|
|14||Dynamic Study of DNA Using UV Spectroscopy|
|15||Education Environment in Fujian's Neilong Village Primary School: A Case Study|
|16||Effective Inhibitors for Cyclin-dependent Kinase 6 (CDK6) in Cell Cycle|
|17||Entrepreneurial Tendency in China: The Effect of Government's Support and Policies|
|18||Eye Movement Tracking Control System for Robot Automation|
|19||Go Beyond the CAPM: An Empirical Test in China's Stock Market|
|20||Inclusive Growth in China: Multi-perspective Analysis on the Impact of City Scale on Employment Rate|
|21||Insights on Video Game Industry: A Complete Economic Entity and Its Significance in Future Digital Market|
|22||Intelligent Measurement of Post-Rehabilitation Patients' Condition|
|23||Investigation of Invasion Percolation Behavior in Three-Dimensional Space|
|24||Mapping Identity onto "Home": An Interactive Poetry Reading|
|25||Mathematical Analysis of Reinforced Random Walk: Understanding of Formation of Long-Term Behavioral Patterns|
|26||Mathematical Models of Polymers and Self-Avoiding Walk|
|27||Measurement Based Quantum Cellular Automata|
|28||Mechanism Comparison Between Different Timescales of Human Discounting Behavior|
|29||Mediated Campaigns: social media presence in and out of the establishment|
|30||Mobile Payment in China: Factors behind Rapid Development|
|31||Narrative Techniques in Virtual Reality|
|32||Natural Language Processing: Context-based Thesaurus|
|33||Observing Protein Interactions of Cell Cycle Related Genes by CRISPR/Cas9 & FRET Technology|
|34||Opposition and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Organization and Influence of the Anti-TTIP Movement in the Netherlands|
|35||Performance and Value of Soccer Players|
|36||Personalized Difficulty Assessment and Recommendation of Texts for Foreign Language Learners|
|37||Public Education Reform in Azerbaijan|
|38||Quantum Computing with Atomic Chips|
|39||Regulation of Economic Decision-Making by Physical Exercise under Cortisone-induced Stress in Rodent Models|
|40||Simulation of Transonic Waves at Low/Moderate Speed on Soap Film|
|41||Sleep Less, Smile More-An Investigation of the Role of Sleep Deprivation in Modulating Depressive-like Behavior|
|42||The Collapse and Reconstruction of Belief: Myth Image in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Drama|
|43||The Cultural Driver in Chinese-African Relationship: The Possibility of a Shared "Victim Mentality" Contributing to Chinese-African Solidarity|
|44||The Impact of Microblog Marketing on User Behavior in Financial Industry: Take Domestic Securities Companies as an Example|
|45||The Influence of Cultural Background on Social Participation of International College Students in Shanghai|
|46||The Korean American Self: The Lack of Belongingness Creating an Identity|
|47||The Story of Waimai: Investigating Ele.me as a Two-side Business Through Analytics|
|48||The Use of Financial Derivatives to Manage Exchange Rate Risks in Chinese Commercial Banks|
|49||Towards New Quantum Technologies with Ultracold Atoms in An Optical Cavity|
|50||Training Deep Network as a "rat" to Study the Dynamics of Neural Activity|
|51||Translating Sacred Architectures into the Virtual|
|52||Using Social Media to Map the Chinese Diaspora|
|53||VR Experience of 20th Century Chinese and Western Collision in Architecture|
The 2015 DURF projects can be found here: DURF 2015 Projects.pdf