Student Stories

Jennifer Acosta.
Global Cultural Studies, Psychology

My research experience through Bass Connections was a core piece of my Duke experience and influenced my desire to pursue a career in education research while also providing me with an unforgettable opportunity to gain research skills I now use every day!

Xiao Recio-Blanco.
Law

The project gave me an opportunity to step out of my usual activities (doing research on environmental law) and do things I had little experience with, like drafting a script for a documentary or thinking about how certain images might help communicate the environmental impact of armed conflict in different regions of the world.

Lindsay Hirschhorn.
Mechanical Engineering

I would give full credit to Data+ for putting me on the awesome career path that I’m on now. I didn’t even know data analytics careers existed, and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I could do with my engineering education without actually being an engineer.

Snyder
Evolutionary Anthropology

We’re working with people with dementia who are living in the Durham community.

Locey
Evolutionary Anthropology

Not a lot of people come out of Duke with published papers that they’re the primary author on. I feel like that’s a really great thing that this team offered me.

Greene
Ecology

We’re not just researching problems; we’re also coming up with solutions for problems.

Prakash
Evolutionary Anthropology

I have appreciated being on the organizing and designing side of a research project that has such a great potential to impact children with autism on a larger scale.

Lana
Environment

The funding allows us to do important research in a setting where it is needed, but also the way it is set up—with undergrads, master’s students, and doctoral students, along with staff and faculty, collaborating together—really works.

Hare-Grogg
Environmental Sciences & Policy

My advice to students considering Bass Connections—other than to seize this unique and worthwhile opportunity—is to be flexible as the project evolves.

Adams
Environmental Sciences

Data+ gave me a broader perspective of what data science research is.

Allen
Environmental Sciences

Finding the right problem that we thought we could tackle, coming up with solutions and working together to brainstorm all the different pathways and solutions is one of the biggest learning experiences I had at Duke.

Yang
Environmental Management

Fortunately, even though the road is long and hard, a bright future is waiting for us, and waiting for Duke.

Oh
Environmental Management

The project not only involved solving a real-world problem using skills learned in classes, but it also had to do with working closely with clients and collaborating with students from different academic backgrounds.

Kido
Electrical & Computer Engineering

We worked with the World Bank and actually got to present at the World Bank, which was a really cool experience. 

Assaad
Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

My participation in the Data+ program has shown me how to successfully work with a dynamic team.

O'Neil
English

I would encourage students to take advantage of Bass Connections as an opportunity to meet smart, interesting and engaged people who think and solve problems in different ways than they do.

Booz
English, Psychology

Armed with my amalgamation of resources, I’m excited to put everything into action next semester.

Ekeji
Biology, English

I want to work with this research team to study different global policies geared towards supporting the disabled and discover ways to change existing policies that limit the physically disabled.

Shum
Electrical & Computer Engineering

I would say that my Bass Connections team has been one of the best teams I’ve worked on, and I’m glad to have had the experience.

Lim
Education, Psychology

It exposed me to this whole community of students with autism and special needs. 

Suhail
Economics

This project was challenging yet very rewarding.

Rickert
Economics, English

This project exposed me to actual policy research, a field that I hope to go into in the future.

Dias
Economics

I loved the subject of the research from the beginning, but I hadn’t realized how challenging designing an intervention and analyzing the collected data could be.

Johnson
Economics, Psychology

Our team leader really encourages us to learn how to conduct this research ourselves.

Elsayed
Cultural Anthropology, Psychology

We tried to meet our community partner where they were, and our deliverables reflected this.

Katz
Cultural Anthropology, Global Health

The opportunity to receive mentorship from many different professors and leaders in the field has been incredibly rewarding.

Vrosgou
Cultural Anthropology

This project has the potential to shape my career prospects by giving me the opportunity to organize community health models that incorporate sociocultural considerations.

Seelaus
Business Administration, Environmental Management

For the Bass Connections Campus Digester Team, the trip was an opportunity to see first-hand what a functional waste-to-energy anaerobic digestion system looks like.

Duggan
Business Administration, Environmental Management

Effective teams have a diversity of thought processes, skill sets, and preferences that balance each other.

MacFarlane
Business Administration, Global Health

My participation on the Bass Connections team has further developed my creative problem‐solving, leadership and cross‐cultural competencies that will set me up for success in my future endeavors.  

Manor
Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering

My advice to students is to develop good relationships with your peers and mentors—it makes the learning process more fulfilling and will help you in the future.

Grubbs
Chemistry, Global Health

The close collaboration across disciplines have been formative experiences and helped me become more conscious in all of my studies. 

Lin
Chemistry, Computer Science

Bass Connections is an excellent opportunity to work on a project that required collaboration across a variety of disciplines.

Lanier
Business Administration, Public Policy

Like the best Bass Connections projects, this experience has presented the team with convoluted questions, competing interests, ambiguous findings, and imperfect processes.

Sinyard
Business Administration, Medicine

There’s an energy amongst the faculty, the graduate students, and the undergraduate students that’s probably not paralleled by any other project I’ve participated in at Duke.

Conley
Business Administration

GANDHI enables us to develop tangible, impactful solutions that address complex problems like this, supported by our diversity in expertise and unity in mission.

MacKinney
Biology

Throughout the project, my team and I met some incredible people who made the experience all the more valuable to me. It was one of the most impactful summers of my life.

McCusker
Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The most rewarding part of this experience has been the multiple view points and interdisciplinary conversations that have occurred.

Palmer
Environmental Engineering

As this was my first field research experience, I learned a ton, but the most important lesson was that you have to be flexible and adjust to changes.

Chen
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Public Policy

This project has helped me learn to think in a truly creative way by combining and synthesizing information from a variety of sources. 

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