Spend Your Summer Bringing Research to Life with Story+

January 28, 2019

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How do we tell compelling stories about complex historical, cultural and social realities? What goes into creating great stories that stay with the audience, and even change minds?

Story+ is a six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling.

Applications for 2019 Story+ projects are now open. Students can apply through the Story+ Student Application Portal. The priority deadline for all students is February 15.

Story+ is offered through the Franklin Humanities Institute and Bass Connections, with support from Versatile Humanists at Duke and Duke Libraries. It is open to:

  • All undergraduates, except graduating seniors
  • All graduate students, with preference given to doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

How Story+ Works

Undergraduates work in small teams with graduate student mentors on projects that contribute to the broader research, teaching, scholarly communications and/or public engagement agendas of Duke faculty, Duke librarians, nonprofit organizations and other project sponsors.

Students learn to conduct qualitative, humanities-based research, including archival research, narrative and visual analysis, oral history, ethnography and more, and learn to communicate their research through effective storytelling techniques. Final projects may take the form of writing, websites, exhibits, short films or other genres, depending on the project’s goals.

Story+ will take place during Summer Session 1. Undergraduates will receive up to $3,000 to defray housing and living expenses (please note that amounts may vary for projects with off-campus components). Graduate students can receive a stipend or travel support up to $2,500.

Explore the 2019 Story+ Projects

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