Apply to Become a Member of the 2018-19 Bass Connections Student Advisory Council

September 6, 2018

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We are accepting applications for the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council through September 28.

Duke students of all levels and programs, including undergraduates and graduate/professional students, are eligible for this leadership opportunity. All applicants must be current or former members of year-long Bass Connections project teams, participants in affiliated courses and/or participants in Bass Connections summer programs (Data+, Story+, Global Health Student Research Training Program and/or Summer Neuroscience Program).

The Bass Connections Student Advisory Council serves as a sounding board for student ideas, questions and suggestions relating to Bass Connections and interdisciplinary education at Duke. Prospective members must demonstrate a deep interest in interdisciplinary inquiry, team-based learning and developing collaborative solutions to real world problems with teams of diverse backgrounds.

Through this leadership opportunity, council members build relationships with their peers and Bass Connections leaders to contribute to the development of this innovative program. Council members serve as a vital source of new ideas and feedback and often work together in focus groups on particular questions or issues. Past councils have been integral to the program’s evolution and have worked on a range of topics such as educational programming, student and faculty outreach, marketing and special event planning and management.

Members of the council will also serve as ambassadors for Bass Connections by participating in special events and representing the program in a variety of contexts, such as at student orientations, the Bass Connections Fair, Blue Devil Days and the year-end Bass Connections Showcase. Council members will also have the opportunity to serve as judges for poster awards at the Showcase.

Each council member will be expected to write a reflection intended for publication on our website by March 30, 2019. (Reflections can take many forms. We will work together to brainstorm topics and formats.)

In 2018-19, the council will meet for lunch three times. The first meeting will be on Friday, October 12 from 12-1 (location TBD). Spring meetings will be in early January and mid-March. We will poll members about their schedules after registration to determine the best dates.

To apply for the 2018-19 Bass Connections Student Advisory Council, please complete this application by 5:00 p.m. on September 28.

All questions may be directed to Meghan O’Neil, Assistant Director of Bass Connections, at

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