Bass Connections is a university-wide initiative that links faculty and students to respond to complex challenges through problem-focused educational pathways and project teams.


Duke students are trying to help doctors find a faster way to pinpoint the cause of their patients’ coughs, sore throats and sniffles. The goal is to better determine if and when to give antibiotics in order to stem the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, said senior Kelsey Sumner. Read more >

“Concepts of global health ethics presented in the classroom and workshops have always seemed abstract to me,” writes Jenny Li, who is working in Ghana this summer. “Navigating real ethical boundaries on the ground has been eye opening and more complicated than I ever imagined.” Read more >

Lily Doron explains how her experience in Jordan has shown her that the line between volunteering and exploitation is not always clear. Read more >


"It's a collaborative learning experience."
"You're working with professors. You become a working colleague."
"You discover unexpected collaborations… undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, other faculty."
"It motivated me to do something I hadn't attempted before."

Hear more about Bass Connections from Duke students and faculty in our introductory video.