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.

The council recruits new members every fall semester. Meet the members of the 2019-2020 Bass Connections Student Advisory Council.


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.

Key Tasks for 2019-2020 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 issues. In addition to weighing in on important issues, members of the 2019-2020 SAC will participate in one of two working groups:

  • Program Evaluation: This working group will prepare and lead student focus groups geared at learning more about student experiences on year-long project teams and developing recommendations for ensuring a good experience for all student participants.
  • Communications: This working group will plan and create publishable content (interviews, student/alumni stories, works-in-progress updates, etc.) for a pilot version of a Bass Connections-oriented student research blog.

Students will have the chance to specify which working group interests 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