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 (e.g., archival research, narrative analysis, visual analysis, ethnography) 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
  • All graduate students, with preference given to doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Applications for Summer 2018 (May 17 – June 28) will open on January 12. Application review begins on February 5; applications will be accepted until all teams are filled.

Undergraduate students 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.  

Learn more at the Bass Connections Fair on January 24 and at the Story+ Info Session on January 25.

2018 Projects

An Illustrated Memoir of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic: The Maria de Bruyn Papers Speak

Appalachian Stories: Young Voices from Madison County, North Carolina

Coal & America: Stories from the Central Appalachian Coalfields

Left of Black Story+ Project

Preaching and Protest: Sermons from Duke Chapel during the Civil Rights Era

Remapping the Caribbean: Archives of Haitian & Cuban Migration, Detention & Legal Activism

Student Action with Farmworkers Audio Documentaries

The Allen Building Takeover @ 50 Exhibit

Women in the Labor Movement

2017 Projects

A Pope Wrote a Dictionary: You Figure Out How

Race and Ethnicity in Advertising

RTI International 60th Anniversary Commemoration

Suckers and Swindlers in American History

Talking Wages: The Impact of Fight for 15 on the Political Discourse of Minimum Wage Fights

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