Alumni

Many Duke alumni continue working on issues they began tackling through Bass Connections. In some cases, Bass Connections projects have affirmed or inspired future plans. The following are just a few examples of former students who are pursuing further studies or working in a field related to their Bass Connections projects.

The information below each name includes major/program, school (Trinity is indicated by T and Pratt by P), graduation year, Bass Connections project and current position.

Jennifer Acosta.

Global Cultural Studies and Psychology T'17
Schooling and Parenting: Implications for Students' Academic Identity (2016-2017)
Survey Research Associate III, Human Services Unit, Mathematica Policy Research

For the past year and a half, I have worked as a Project Manager for an NIH-funded early literacy longitudinal intervention study called Baby Books 2 in the Family Involvement Lab at the University of... read more »

Jessica Allen

Mechanical Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
Project Engineer, Duke Energy Corporation

John Allums, M.A.T.

Education T'15
Creating Online Education for K-12 Teachers of the Probability and Statistics Common Core (2014-2015)
Mathematics Specialist, Wake Technical Community College

Felicia Arriaga, Ph.D.

Sociology T'18
Story+ (2017)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University

Arun Augustine.

Biology and Global Health T'18
Global Mental Health Program (2017-2018)
Global Mental Health-Integrative Training Program (2016-2017)
M.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

More than 50% of the U.S. population receives care from a healthcare organization that uses Epic as its Electronic Health Records system (including Duke and UNC). I partner directly with healthcare organizations installing Epic as a project manager and guide their IT staff and clinical staff in... read more »

Sarah Jean Barton, Ph.D.

Theology D'19
Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) (2017-2018)
Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) (2016-2017)
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School

Katherine Baxter

History T'17
Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review (2015-2016)
Strategy and Finance Associate, BNP Paribas Energy & Renewables

Katherine Becker

Psychology T'17
Where Does the Money Go? Federal Spending on American Children (2016-2017)
Master’s Student in Global Security and Borders, Queen’s University Belfast

Alisa Bedrov

Psychology T'19
Remember Why You Should Do It? Memory and Reasons in Moral Decision-making (2018-2019)
Ph.D. Student in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

John Benhart

Computer Science T'19
Animal Waste Management and Global Health (2016-2017)
Kenan Refugee Project Fellow, The Kenan Institute for Ethics

Ashley Blawas.

Biomedical Engineering P'18
History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017)
Marine Science and Conservation Ph.D. Student, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

As a marine mammal physiologist, I get to study some of the most extreme animals and try to understand how they are adapted to function in such a challenging environment as the ocean. A skill that is key to answering many of the pressing questions in my field is the ability to understand an... read more »

Jessica Bolton, Ph.D.

Psychology & Neuroscience T'15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, University of California-Irvine

Kirsten Bonawitz

Neuroscience T'17
Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease (2015-2016)
Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Michigan

After graduating from Duke, I worked for a year with the Global Public Service Academies, where I assisted a rural health clinic in Guatemala with the development of community health projects. Bass Connections played a large role in my decision to pursue this opportunity by challenging me to tackle... read more »
Nadia Brashier.
Mini Wheats improve kids’ attentiveness by 20%. Walking in New Balance toning shoes burns extra calories. Luminosity is like a personal trainer for your brain. Why do these deceptive advertisements sound credible? I supervised two Bass Connections teams focused on the heuristics that consumers use... read more »

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