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


On a hot and humid August morning, an unlikely group gathered to take a trip to visit a commercial food waste digester in Charlotte, NC. Our backgrounds ranged from engineering professors and Ph.D. students to staff from Sustainable Duke to undergraduate students in Trinity, each lending a unique and valuable perspective.

What does a typical lab look like? From my experience in high school and at Duke, a typical lab consisted of reading the lab manual beforehand, working with prearranged samples, analyzing the data and writing the lab report. Yet Bass Connections surprised me with challenges I have never encountered before.

Last fall, six Duke students assembled at Loyd Ray Farms to learn how its hogs, in the words of one student, Andrew Seelaus, “are cranking out some of North Carolina’s most valuable carbon offsets and renewable energy credits.”


Aug 31
Robert Calderbank, Victoria Szabo, and many others

Join us at the Information Science + Studies and the Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture theme Fall welcome back and information session. The event will include presentations by faculty and ISC project team leaders to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus.

Sep 02

The Global Brazil Lab and Duke Brazil Initiative invite you to come out and learn more about research opportunities and lab projects, and meet the co-directors.

Sep 03

Duke professors and members of the Bass Connections iGEM team will lead a discussion, which is free and open to members of the public.