Diversity Undergraduate Research Incubator (DURI)
The Diversity Undergraduate Research Incubator (DURI) program was created in 2015 to provide summer research opportunities for undergraduates from underrepresented or underserved populations in the College of Arts and Science. For many DURI students, the program is their first foray into conducting and presenting original research. The program was designed to introduce students to the field of professional research and to open the pathway to – and foster interest in - graduate education. Eligible undergraduate applicants for the DURI come from diverse and underrepresented populations (e.g., students of color, students of low socioeconomic status, first-generation students, LGBTQ+ students, etc.). If selected to participate in the DURI, undergraduates are each awarded a $3,000 stipend to cover the cost of living during the program, and they are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to fund their original research.
Each summer six doctoral students from the Graduate School of Arts and Science mentor a total of 12 undergraduates from the College of Arts and Science through conducting original research over eight weeks. In addition to the mentorship they receive from their doctoral mentors, undergraduates attend specially arranged classes on research and presentation techniques, academic writing workshops, social events, bi-weekly group meetings with DURI program directors, lunch workshops with other students doing research on campus, professional development sessions, and think tank meetings with Arts and Science faculty. Once their research is complete, students present their findings at the NYU Summer Student Research Conference. After the program, students are connected to faculty to allow them to continue their work, secure a Dean’s research grant, and present at the Dean's Undergraduate Research Conference the following spring.
The DURI program has made a tremendous impact on our students, and it is now entirely donor funded. The DURI would not be possible without the generous support of donors who recognize the value of research at the undergraduate level. Student alumni of the program are currently among applicants for Fulbright awards, scholarship applications, and graduate and law schools; others are still undergraduates who have received research grants to continue their scholarly pursuits.
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For more information on the DURI, please contact DURI@nyu.edu.