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.

Lauren Bunch, Ph.D.

Philosophy T'19
Transforming Alzheimer's Disease Care through Integrating Caregivers (2018-2019)
Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine

Samuel Bursten

Travis Byrum

Statistical Science T'13
Public Access to Government Information (2013-2014)
Software Engineer, Sayari Labs

Christopher Camp

Neuroscience T'19
Remember Why You Should Do It? Memory and Reasons in Moral Decision-making (2018-2019)
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Meggan Cashwell, Ph.D.

History I'19

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia School of Law

Tai Chen

Economics and Philosophy T'15
Project Bright IDEA: Finding Talent and Giftedness in Children of Diverse Backgrounds (2013-2014)
Academic Coordinator, International School in Guangzhou, China

My given name Tai represents the hometown of Confucius, and perhaps through some mysterious cosmic force of my namesake, from the time I was born, I was drawn to philosophy and education. Working with Bass Connections and Project Bright IDEA was a unique experience in that I was taken away from my... read more »

Karmel Choi, Ph.D.

Psychology & Neuroscience M'17
North Carolina Latino Health Project (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatric Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital and T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

April Christensen, M.E.M.

Environmental Management N'16
The Effects of Unconventional Shale Gas Development on Rural Communities (2015-2016)
Business Development Manager, Invenergy

Kristen Collar.

Physics T'17
Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc. (2016-2017)
Senior National Security Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Corning team members were fantastic mentors. With weekly calls from our Corning sponsor, we were able to learn quickly and adjust our solutions as we went along. It was great working with Corning on a project where it was made clear that they were actively interested in the outcome of our work... read more »

Clara Colombatto

Neuroscience and Philosophy T'15
Trauma and Timing (2013-2014)
PhD Student in Psychology and Philosophy, Yale University

Danielle Colson

Mechanical Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
MBA Student, Harvard Business School

Ali Daraeepour, Ph.D.

Environment N'18
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA) (2014-2015)
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA) (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Princeton University

Kendall Delyser.

Environmental Management N'18
Turning the Mid-Century Decarbonization Strategy into Concrete Policy for U.S. Forests and Agriculture (2017-2018)
Senior Manager of Forests and Climate, American Forests

I am currently working as the Forests and Climate Manager for American Forests, a small forest-focused nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. In my position, I am helping lead the organization’s thinking on forests and climate change, including how to protect forests from future climate impacts and... read more »

Monika Dharia

Civil & Environmental Engineering P'19
History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017)
Incoming Associate Consultant, Bain & Company; Founder and CEO, GreenGear