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.


September 28, 2015

Ray Li participated in the Bass Connections project team Project Bright IDEA: Finding Talent and Giftedness in Children of Diverse Backgrounds. “Bass Connections has the audacity to take on the big, ‘so complex they’re scary’ problems in society,” he says. Read more > 

September 28, 2015

Bansal won the grand prize of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s contest for her work in slums in Bangalore, India, as part of a Bass Connections project team. Read more >

September 24, 2015

Dr. Roberts led a Bass Connections team that developed an app to track student progress. “We felt it would be a good fit for Bass Connections to bring together knowledge of computer science, learning sciences and visual arts,” he says. Read more >


Bass Connections brings together students and faculty to explore real-world issues. Participants generate creative solutions to complex problems through team-based interdisciplinary research, taking knowledge beyond the classroom.

  • “It’s not a traditional student experience. It’s not like somebody has all the answers.”
  • “It just opens my mind up to the possibilities of what I can do in the future.”
  • “What the students on my team gain and what I gain is extraordinary.”

Join a team. Research and collaborate. Make an impact. Hear more about Bass Connections from Duke students and faculty in our new video.