SPUR Reunion
Dean Emeritus 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 2019, several SPUR students have gone on to pursue research-related careers, 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.

Important Guidelines

  • Research projects may only be sponsored by full-time or clinical faculty and should be chosen from the research opportunities listed in the online SPUR Database. Any exceptions to the above policy should be made by Robert Whitelaw, Dean of the Undergraduate College.
  • Research projects obtained through the database are intended to allow students to study material not included in courses at Stern as a complement to carefully designed programs of study.
  • Research projects may be for zero (0)*, one (1) or two (2) units, depending on the workload. 
  • Students may only register for one project per semester. 
  • A letter grade should be assigned at the completion of the study; research projects may not be taken pass/fail.
  • Research projects obtained through the database do not involve course credit for the volunteer instructor.
  • Research projects may not be used to give credit for work experience, including paid or unpaid internships.
  • Students are not allowed to monetary compensation of any kind for their participation in SPUR opportunities. This includes students participating in SPUR for zero-credit.
  • Research projects do not fulfill any requirements for a Stern major/concentration/minor.
  • Students studying away at NYU Accra, NYU London and NYU Madrid may not enroll in SPUR during their study away semester due to visa restrictions/government regulations.
  • *SPUR Zero-Credit Policy: If you are a freshman, you must be a second-semester freshman who earned a 3.5 GPA in your first semester at Stern in order to take a SPUR project for 0 credits.
Upon approval by the faculty member conducting the research, indicated by their signature on this form, the student must present the SPUR approval form to the Undergraduate Office of Advising. 

Students must complete formal paperwork each semester in order to participate in SPUR and receive course credit, even if participating in a recurring research project.

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