Student Stories

Alexandra Paulenich
Biology, Global Health

I believe that participating in interdisciplinary research, a staple of Bass Connections, is essential for addressing significant problems associated with healthcare and disability worldwide.

Rapaport
Neuroscience

The most meaningful aspect of Bass Connections has been the ability to simultaneously delve into my passions and conduct interdisciplinary, real world applicable and implementable research.

Sandra Batakana
Chemistry

This experience has been life changing for me, not only because it fulfilled my wish to get a closer look at the fields of neuroscience and neurosurgery, but because it has actually altered my path in unexpected and exciting ways.

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.

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. 

Xu
Nursing

For other nursing students considering Bass Connections, I’d say it’s something new and challenging because you need to work with undergrad students and with people outside the nursing field. It’s a really fascinating experience working with different people.

Lucero
Global Health

Bass Connections was a really good way to participate in a larger research project that gave me more data to work with, and more flexibility and options.

Caiola
Nursing

The interdisciplinary aspect of Bass Connections provides a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with students and faculty from different disciplines while working toward innovative solutions to current global health issues.

Wittenbrink
Global Health

Bass Connections is a great way to work toward the same goals with people in different disciplines from all over the world. It’s a wonderful opportunity and I’ve already learned so much from the collaborations and experiences made possible by this project.

Khalid
International Comparative Studies, Political Science

Bass Connections has provided me with an academic passion that extends outside of the walls of the classroom.

Li
Global Health, Sociology

Witnessing the teamwork required for a project’s implementation and continuation from an inside perspective was inspiring.

Ajayi
Medicine

Perhaps the most thrilling part of this project for me was getting to interact with graduate students and faculty from multiple disciplines and learning from them in the process.

Fuller
Global Health

It’s been wonderful having the undergraduates in our group. They’re so excited, and they’ve already added new sides to the work we’ve been doing. We’re all just really excited.

Larson
Biology, Global Health

There has been no prior research conducted to formally describe the migration and illness experiences of the population living in las colonias.

Song
Philosophy

In combination with this Bass Connections project, the knowledge of older adults’ needs both in community settings and nursing homes will inform curriculum development for the healthcare workforce across different care settings.

Sullivan
Nursing

Flexibility and establishing relationships were key ingredients to this team’s productivity. We had a wide range of research skills and experiences across our diverse group and we had to learn more about each other to appropriately pace progress toward each goal.

Opolot
Global Health

The GANDHI project targets a very neglected part of Uganda’s healthcare system and I think that if done well, embarking on this project will result in several positive externalities that will be beneficial to Uganda’s healthcare system as a whole.

Gross
Physical Therapy

I am eager to engage with other professionals and appreciate their education, culture, and view on health care.

Galani
Biology, Global Health

Juntos was no longer a research project that I was simply interested in; it grew into so much more. It became our team’s social entrepreneurship venture that we all have been working on so tirelessly to bring it to new heights.

Shapiro
Computer Science

The GANDHI project is a unique experience to explore my interest in healthcare and create positive change in the world.

Barton
Theology

As a clinician and community advocate with over ten years of experience working alongside people with disabilities, this Bass Connections project’s commitment to the critical area of care transitions immediately struck my attention.

Roberts
Global Health

I care deeply about promoting patient and family quality of life and am excited to work towards helping patients, families, and communities to not merely survive, but truly heal.

Lamichhane
Psychology

There are many moving parts which are difficult to deal with even as a team, but I know the end goal of creating a sustainable resource for teachers to be able to teach this class is so worthwhile.

Lee
Global Health, Neuroscience

I am excited to be a part of this team and hopefully use some of my background knowledge in research with neuroscience to better understand autism as a whole.

Monahan
Global Health

The team has been great. Everyone gets along really well, which makes it easy to get our work done and have fun.

Karin-Hess
Program II

I think the combination of our different experiences and what we bring to the table is going to create a really meaningful product in the end, and will really have a true impact on the community.

Litzow
Environmental Management

We’re looking at [this issue] from a whole community perspective. How can this community move forward, but in a way that helps preserve the local environment and natural capital for future generations?

Paras
Global Health, Neuroscience

I am an undergraduate team member on a Bass Connections research team that has collaborated with a non-profit music therapy program called Voices Together.

Lee
Public Policy

It was so interactive, and for me, that was really cool. I saw research come to life.

Manus
Global Health

The MSc-GH program has plenty of strengths on its own, but it was the Bass Connections program that enabled me to find like-minded students and really delve into evolutionary medicine.

Vulimiri
Public Policy

When I saw this Bass Connections project, I was excited for the opportunity to work on Medicaid reform in North Carolina—especially at a time when states have really been at the forefront of innovating in health care—to think about what we could do to further improve the public health of citizens in North Carolina.

Martin
Public Policy

We as students don’t just come into a Bass Connections project with one skill or area of expertise, but with all the experiences that have gotten us to this point.

Borkenhagen
Global Health

Needless to say, it’s been a spectacular summer. We’re still loving Sarawak and all the adventures (and food) it has to offer.  

Rao
Program II

I am grateful for this opportunity to travel and do field work internationally as well as expand my knowledge and understanding of cervical cancer and global health.

Nair
Biomedical Engineering, Global Health

The research that I have done on the Pocket Colposcope has been one of the most meaningful aspects of my time at Duke.

Blanchard
Psychology

I believe my participation in the GANDHI team will help me gain a more holistic understanding of health and the factors required to sustain health for disabled individuals.

Xu
Public Policy

This project presents me with the opportunity to marry my two different academic interests together.

Doan
Public Policy

I hope to be able to improve health outcomes through policy practices and public health measures, especially for individuals living with disabilities.

Harris
Nursing

I am excited to engage with students, faculty, and professionals at all levels across multiple disciplines to begin to improve individuals’ quality of life after an acute injury or illness.

Yu
Program II

I believe the cross-cultural approach that GANDHI adopts in examining health policy is meaningful, as it promises to generate insights into how we can better ease the hospital-to-home transition for newly disabled persons around the world.

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