Student Stories

Del Villar

It’s been very useful to take the knowledge that I’ve gained in the classroom and be able to see how it applies in the real world.

International Comparative Studies, Public Policy

As a part of our research, this semester the DEPTH team volunteers at Genesis Home’s Study Buddy after-school program and makes on-site observation.

Global Health, Public Policy

There’s this myth that Latino parents are not as involved as other types of parents. We wanted to investigate that and see if that was really true. And what we learned is that it really is false.

Public Policy

In the future I want to work in education and policy, and foster an environment where policymakers are listening to parents.


Through Bass Connections, I have had the opportunity to help build and implement a neuroscience curriculum for ninth graders in Durham public schools alongside six other Duke students.


I enjoy being a part of a research team that allows its undergraduate members to be so involved in the project.

Public Policy

It was really fulfilling to see the research process through from start to finish, and I’m grateful to Duke for allowing students to participate in such an innovative and intellectually stimulating program.


The trip ignited my passion for Brazil. It made me realize I want to either work in Brazil or work on issues that impact Brazil and Latin America.

Economics, Global Health

Because North Carolina has one of the largest hog industries in the country, there are tons of waste not being utilized.

Economics, Psychology

Our project gave us a much deeper understanding and appreciation for how policy changes can help move us in the right direction for environmental conservation.


My year on this project team was a great experience. Not only did I learn a ton about social spending in the United States, I also gained research, problem-solving, and presentation skills.