Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams.


This past summer, the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education hosted Bass Connections students who helped create educational enrichment opportunities for young women.

The Data+ summer research program received the gold prize in the natural sciences category at the Reimagine Education Conference and Awards in Philadelphia. Paul Bendich and Ashlee Valente accepted the award on behalf of the Data+ team.

From shuttered textile mills and furniture factories to dormant tobacco fields, the traditional industries of North Carolina’s Appalachian region have drastically declined. But new areas have emerged, says Lukas Brun, who set out to show that the Appalachian economy is more than a tale of decline: “There are great stories that are not being told.”


Jan 08

The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which undergraduates interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives.

Jan 24

Save the date for this year’s Bass Connections Fair, where students of all levels are invited to learn more about the Bass Connections project teams for 2017-2018. Plenty of food and drinks will be available. Then stick around for the Energy Initiative’s Energy Mix networking event.

Mar 04

Save the date for TEDxDuke’s annual conference. The theme is “Uncharted Waters” and the organizing committee is looking for speakers from all disciplines who are interested in expanding the frontier of knowledge in a new, exciting way.