NYU Shanghai Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Neuroscience

The NYU Shanghai Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Neuroscience is designed to foster entry into a neuroscience research-centered career for undergraduates with a strong interest in neuroscience. 

Students apply for positions in a 10-week summer program with flexible starting dates. During the program, they will actively participate in research projects in the laboratories of NYU Shanghai neuroscience faculty. 

We match students to laboratories primarily on the basis of their background preparation and areas of interest. They work either directly with faculty or with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Each student conducts a research project under the direction of his or her mentor. 

The students are involved in all phases of the research process from experimental design to data analysis and communication of results. At the end of the program, the students each give a presentation of their own work.

The primary goal of this program is to extend NYU Shanghai's robust neuroscience research opportunities to non-NYU Shanghai students and to diversify the scientific workforce in the field of Neuroscience. 

Successful applicants will receive financial support from NYU Shanghai.


  • Applicants should have strong academic records with courses in biology, mathematics, physics, psychology, computer science or related disciplines, and a GPA >= 3.0.

  • Applicants must be undergraduates completing their sophomore or junior year and fluent in English.


Applicants should state their labs of interest in their personal statement. A full list of labs at NYU Shanghai could be found below:


Successful applicants will receive scholarship from NYU Shanghai, which includes domestic flight tickets and a monthly stipend that is enough to live (food/rent) in Shanghai for the duration of the program.