Student Advisory Council

The Bass Connections Student Advisory Council (SAC) serves as a hub for student perspectives, ideas and insights relating to Bass Connections and interdisciplinary education at Duke.

Applications for the 2023-2024 council are now closed.

Who is eligible to participate?

Duke students of all levels and programs, including both 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 and/or participants in a Bass Connections summer program (Data+, Story+, Global Health Student Research Training and/or Summer Neuroscience Program). Prospective members should demonstrate interest in interdisciplinary inquiry, applied research and project-based learning, as well as program strategy and development.

Check out the members of past councils:

What does the council do?

Student Advisory Council members have the opportunity to contribute to the development and strategy of Bass Connections and serve as a vital source of new ideas and feedback for the program. Past councils have been integral to the program’s evolution and have advised on a range of topics such as educational programming, student and faculty outreach, team resource development and special event planning and management.

Members of the council 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. Council members will also have the opportunity to serve as judges for poster awards at the showcase.

Each council member will be expected to write a reflection on their Bass Connections experience for publication on the Bass Connections website. (Reflections can take many forms. We will work together to brainstorm topics.)

When does the council meet?

In Fall 2023, the council will meet for lunch on:

  • Friday, October 20 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 from 12-1 p.m.

Prospective applicants must be available to meet during these times! (Spring meetings are to be determined.)

How can I get involved?

Applications for the 2023-2024 council are due on Friday, October 13.

Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to Meghan O’Neil, assistant director of Bass Connections, with questions.