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.


“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 >

Despite how close she has become with this refugee community in Jordan, Nali Gillespie still questions the scope of her impact. 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.