Bass Connections Summer Programs

For students interested in conducting research over the summer, consider the following programs. In addition, some of the year-long Bass Connections project teams have a summer component.

Data+ Summer Research Program


Data+ is a ten-week summer research experience for undergraduates and master’s students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges.

Students join small teams (a maximum of three undergraduates and one master’s student) and work alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the field of data science.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds, majors and levels of experience with coding. Through collaboration, they use data analysis to solve problems across disciplines. Data+ is offered through the Information Initiative at Duke and is part of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme.

Story+ Summer Research Program

Story+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.

Undergraduates work in small teams with graduate student mentors, in a collaborative and creative research environment. Each project has a sponsor. Students learn to conduct qualitative, humanities-based research and 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+ is offered through the Franklin Humanities Institute and Bass Connections, in partnership with Versatile Humanists at Duke. It is open to all undergraduates, except graduating seniors, and all graduate students, with preference given to doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Global Health Student Research Training Program

SRTThe Student Research Training Program is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second- and third-year undergraduates in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based global health project. Students work in Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Uganda or North Carolina on issues ranging from infant mortality and healthcare mapping to access to care for migrant populations, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues.

Working with a faculty director and a community partner, students are at the center of global health challenges. The Student Research Training Program is offered through the Duke Global Health Institute and is part of the Bass Connections Global Health theme.

Summer Neuroscience Program

Summer Neuroscience ProgramThis eight-week summer program enables undergraduates to jumpstart their Graduation with Distinction senior theses by working one-on-one with faculty mentors.

The full program is open to rising juniors and seniors who are declared Neuroscience majors. The weekly professional development seminars and lunch are also open to all students participating in project teams sponsored by the Brain & Society theme, whether or not students are majoring in Neuroscience.

Students work on individual projects with their mentors to gather more information for research independent study (RIS) projects that will be done throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Summer Neuroscience Program is offered through the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and is part of the Bass Connections Brain & Society theme.