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. Connect with us on LinkedIn.

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.

Katie Kanter headshot
After graduating from Duke University, I worked as a clinical research coordinator (CRC) at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years, and I am currently going into my second year of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine. I worked on the “Stemming the Opioid Epidemic Through... read more »
Vinesh Kapil.

International Comparative Studies T'14
North Carolina Latino Health Project (2013-2014)
MBA Student, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

I had a fantastic experience participating in the Bass Connections program. As an undergrad, it was my first chance to really step out of the Trinity bubble and have truly interdisciplinary working relationships. My project gave me a fantastic opportunity to observe the ways that different types of... read more »
Julia Kaufman.

Global Health and International Comparative Studies T'18
Global Mental Health Program (2017-2018)
Responding to the Educational and Psychological Needs of Children and Families in Durham's Transitional Housing (2015-2016)
Program Coordinator, Center for Global Development

I lead program development for a new Hope Initiative for mothers with HIV and their frontline health workers to promote hope and improve quality of care and health outcomes. I create and manage the research protocol, ethical clearances, data collection tools, work plans and research reports and... read more »
Shweta Lodha.

Chemistry and Neuroscience T'19
Patients' Journey to Medication Adherence (2017-2018)
M.D. Student, Duke University School of Medicine

I am an incoming MS1 at Duke University School of Medicine. Since graduating, I have been conducting research in genetic engineering at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine. Bass Connections provided me foundational skills to excel in my work as a researcher... read more »
Danielle Mayorga Young.

French Studies and Neuroscience T'19
Addressing Global Health Needs among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County (2017-2018)
M.D. Student, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The year I first walked onto Duke campus, 2015, was also the year that more than a million migrants applied for asylum in Europe. I dedicated myself to learning more: What led people to undertake these difficult journeys, who were the people leaving, what were their stories, where were they going,... read more »
Alex Oprea.

Political Science T'17
Citizenship Lab: Civic Participation of Refugee Youth in Durham (2015-2016)
Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, Australia National University

My research interests include public education, the moral and political status of children and institutional design. I am currently working on a series of articles investigating the appropriate distribution of education power among local and state governments, teachers’ unions, parents’... read more »
Taylor Panzer headshot.
My time with Bass Connections during my sophomore year at Duke University was the catalyst that ignited my passion for educational equity and has led me to pursue education policy as a career. I always knew I cared about public education, as my public school teachers in rural North Carolina always... read more »
Sam Pickerill Headshot.

Environmental Sciences & Policy N'18
History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017)
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2017-2018)
Associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Across my four years at Duke, I participated in three Bass Connections projects within the Energy theme: History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016), Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2017-18), and Duke to the UNFCCC (2017). Each... read more »
Xiao Recio-Blanco.

Law L'15
Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film (2013-2014)
Director of Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute

This was a fun and challenging project. Professor Erika Weinthal did a terrific job managing the project. We had the chance to meet with highly specialized practitioners that have been doing fascinating work on environmental peace-building. The project team was multidisciplinary, with students from... read more »
Matthew Ross.

Ecology T'17
Data+ (2017)
Data+ (2015)
Assistant Professor of Water Quality, Colorado State University

I started as a graduate student at Duke in the Fall of 2011, graduating in the summer of 2017 with a degree in Ecology advised by Drs. Martin Doyle and Emily Bernhardt. My... read more »
Alex Rudee.

Environmental Management N'18
Turning the Mid-Century Decarbonization Strategy into Concrete Policy for U.S. Forests and Agriculture (2017-2018)
Research Analyst, Natural Infrastructure, World Resources Institute

As a member of this Bass Connections team in 2017-18, I learned what it takes to develop, test and publish policy recommendations for federal action on climate change. The knowledge I gained in research, interviews and writing for a policy audience have been invaluable in my postgraduate career, as... read more »
Siddhesh Zadey.
Siddhesh Zadey, who graduated from the Duke Master of Science in Global Health program in May 2021, hails from a small Indian city called Nagpur, the geographical center of the country. He came to the U.S. after studying at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, but he remains... read more »
Erika Zambello.

Environmental Management N'15
Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film (2014-2015)
Communications Director, Audubon Florida

After I graduated from Duke, I worked in the coastal management program for a county in Florida and then as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Throughout this period, I have also been working extensively in the freelance space, from communications... read more »

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