SPUR Reunion
Dean Geeta Menon and Finance Professor and Honors Program founder Marti Subrahmanyam celebrate with undergraduate students and alumni at the first annual Honors Program Reunion.

Stern offers the following research opportunities to undergraduate students:
  • Stern Program For Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Database
  • Honors Program 
These opportunities are a great way to engage in top-tier academic research with recognized Stern faculty, challenge your intellect outside of the typical classroom environment, discover potential career pathways in academia and gain an advantage when applying for graduate studies.


Stern Program For Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Database


Founded in spring 2012, the Stern Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) database connects NYU Stern students with world-renowned Stern faculty, providing a unique research opportunity outside of the classroom. The experience sharpens students’ analytic skills and helps them in their future studies and careers. Besides being exposed to cutting edge research and working with individual faculty members, SPUR allows students to explore potential career pathways in academia and gain an advantage when applying for graduate studies. As of Fall 2018, several SPUR students have gone on to pursue academia, having been accepted to PhD programs in Finance, Economics, Accounting, and Bio-Statistics at institutions such as Columbia, Chicago, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. 

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Application Process

The SPUR database becomes available to students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. In order to apply:

  1. Browse the opportunities posted by Stern faculty.
  2. Apply for a position through the database by selecting a research opportunity of interest and filling out/uploading the appropriate information as requested.
  3. If you are selected by a faculty member for a research opportunity, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of next steps on how to register for SPUR. Research projects need to be taken for course credit, and you must submit the appropriate paperwork in order to get registered. You can apply to as many research opportunities as you desire, but you can only register for one project per semester. SPUR projects do not count toward Stern concentrations.

What are the criteria for acceptance?

Individual faculty members will have their own criteria for acceptance as it relates to their specific project. You can view pre-requisite requirements by clicking on individual research opportunities. However, if you do choose to apply, you should be ready and willing to participate in challenging, high-level academic research.

Can I sign up for more than one project per semester?

You can apply to as many research opportunities as you desire, but you can only register for one project per semester.

Is taking a 1- or 2-credit project like taking a 1- or 2-credit course?

Research projects can be 1.0 credit or 2.0 credits. This opportunity is exactly like a graded course, in the sense that students are expected to work hard and be challenged by the project. A regular 1 credit course requires about 11.5 hours of in class time and about 23 hours of “supplementary material” time (such as HW, reading assignments, etc.) per semester.

Therefore, for SPUR, which does not have a class meeting, a 1-credit project should be equivalent to about 25-30 hours of work and a 2-credit project should be equivalent to about 50-60 hours of work. At the end of the project, you will receive a letter grade for your work from the faculty member, exactly like in a course.

Does SPUR count toward concentrations?

SPUR projects do not count towards concentrations. The grade will, however, appear on your transcript and factor into your GPA.

Can I take a research project for 0 credits?

The credits will be counted as part of your 18 allowed credits per semester. The ONLY exception for students to participate in a research project for 0 credits is if:

  • You have already maxed out at 18 credits for the semester; and
  • The professor of the research project you're applying to will vouch to Vice Dean Robert Whitelaw by sending him an email ( stating that you will take the project seriously and be responsible.

Note: If you are a first-year student, you must be in your second semester and must have earned a 3.5 GPA in your first semester at Stern in order to take a SPUR project for 0 credits.

Can I declare a SPUR course pass/fail?

Research projects may not be taken pass/fail; a letter grade will be assigned at the completion of the semester.

How do I register for SPUR if I get selected for a research opportunity?

Once you have been approved for a research opportunity by a faculty member, you will receive detailed instructions via e-mail by the Stern Advising Office on how to finish registering for SPUR. You must complete and submit the required paperwork in order to receive course credit and participate in SPUR. If you have further questions, please email

Can I receive payment for participating in SPUR opportunities?

You are not allowed to receive monetary payment of any kind for participating in SPUR opportunities. You receive academic course credit for your participation and should not be promised any form of payment. This includes those of you who participate in SPUR for zero-credit.

Can I participate in SPUR while studying away?

If you are studying away at NYU Accra, NYU London, or NYU Madrid, you may not enroll during your study away semester due to visa restrictions/government regulations.

If you are studying away at other sites, you should be in touch with the professor with whom you are interested in conducting research to see if the project is one you can work on remotely.

Honors Program


Established in 2001, the Stern Honors Program invites an elite group of seniors to become intimately involved in graduate-level research. The program pairs students with research-oriented faculty members who partner with and advise program participants throughout their year-long development of a thesis. Additionally, students take part in an honors seminar (3-units each semester of their senior year) with other program participants and have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses in areas of interest.

Professor Marti Subrahmanyam serves as the primary Stern Honors Program Coordinator for both NYU Stern and NYU Shanghai. He is Global Network Professor of Finance and Economics at NYU Shanghai and the Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance, Economics and International Business at NYU Stern.

Selection Process

Each year, the Stern Honor's Program invites top-ranked juniors to apply for admission into the program. Students are invited based on their academic performance during their first three years of undergraduate education. Invited students must submit an application and be interviewed by two faculty members before selections are finalized.

Graduate Courses

Students selected for the program have the opportunity to take up to 6-units (typically two courses) of graduate-level coursework through the Stern MBA program. The process by which students request to take these courses is reviewed with students around each of the registration periods in which the student is enrolled in the program.

Honors Seminar

The Honors Seminar is held weekly. Each session is conducted by chaired professors, research professors, faculty research fellows and others who present on research developments in their area. These seminars provide students with an overview of timely research across all disciplines of business and its practical applications.

Honors Theses

Each student formulates a thesis and performs their own groundbreaking research under the guidance of a research faculty member. In addition to providing valuable insight into the thesis development process, the advisers act as mentors to the students. At the end of the academic year students are required to submit and present their thesis to program peers.

Honors Thesis Index

View the full Honors Theses of past program participants who have opted to share their work.

View Index Here