Student Advisory Council

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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.

Applications for the 2021-2022 council are now open. Students can apply through our online application. Applications are due Friday, October 1 by 5:00 p.m.

Who is eligible to participate?

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 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, marketing 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 2021, the council will meet twice on Zoom (prospective applicants must be available to meet during these times):

  • Friday, October 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 19 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

In Spring 2022, the council will meet three times. Meeting dates and times are to be determined.

How can I get involved?

Applications for the 2021-2022 council are now open. Students can apply through our online application. Applications are due Friday, October 1 by 5:00 p.m.

Interested students are encouraged to reach out to Meghan O’Neil, assistant director of Bass Connections, with questions or suggestions. See our latest annual report.