Student Stories

International Comparative Studies, Political Science

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

Global Health, Sociology

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


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

Physical Therapy

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

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.

Computer Science

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

Global Health

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

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.

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?

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.

Public Policy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.


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.

Public Policy

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

Public Policy

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


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.

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.

Program II

Bass Connections is a unique platform to apply what I learn in the classroom to the real world.

Global Health, Sociology

I am in the process of data mining—basically savaging over this output, and seeing what pieces go together, what genes act in the same pathway, and contribute to the same function.

Physical Therapy

Ultimately, our long-term goal is to use these efforts as a foundation in partnership to address patients’ rehabilitative needs across the care continuum.


I’ve been at Duke for a long time, but this is really one of the first opportunities I’ve had to work on a project that’s research-focused but also has really broad applications where I know the research can be used down the road to actually help somebody or something.

Environmental Sciences & Policy, Law

Members of the Bass Connections Animal Waste Management and Global Health team had the privilege of attending the Farm to Feast as a team-building activity last October.

Environmental Sciences & Policy, Global Health

With a further understanding of the innovative system and the benefits, I think our team will be better able to explain the positive effects and how it actually works.

Environmental Sciences, Global Health

Global health allowed me to broaden the health aspect of my studies. I learned about Professor Bill Pan’s project in Peru, and it seemed like an amazing way to integrate environmental health and epidemiology.

Environmental Management

The farm tour experience allowed us all to think critically about what the benefits and drawbacks are of our current systems and their alternatives.

Environmental Management

While we already had a diverse group, consisting of students and faculty concentrating on engineering, environment and economics, we still required inputs from experts outside our group.