Student Advisory Council

The Bass Connections Student Advisory Council (SAC) serves as a sounding board for student ideas, questions and suggestions relating to Bass Connections and interdisciplinary education at Duke.

Typically, the council recruits new members each September. Please check back soon for recruitment details for the 2021-2022 SAC.


Duke students of all levels and programs, including undergraduates and graduate/professional students, are eligible for this opportunity. All applicants must be current or former members of a year-long Bass Connections project team, participants in an affiliated course and/or participants in a Bass Connections summer program (Data+, Story+, Summer Neuroscience, Global Health Student Research Training). Prospective members must demonstrate a deep interest in working collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams to address societal challenges.

Tasks for Council Members

Council members serve as a vital source of new ideas and feedback for Bass Connections and often work together in small groups on particular questions or projects. In addition to weighing in on important issues, members of the each SAC cohort typically have worked on projects related to:

  • Program evaluation
  • Communications
  • Special events
  • Marketing and outreach

Students typically have the chance to specify which issues most interest them in their application.

Members of the SAC also serve as ambassadors for Bass Connections by participating in special events and representing the program in a variety of contexts, such as at student orientations, the Bass Connections Fair, Blue Devil Days and the year-end Bass Connections Showcase. SAC members will be asked to sign-up to serve at these events during council meetings.

All questions may be directed to Meghan O’Neil, Assistant Director of Bass Connections, at