DegreePublic Policy Studies and African & African American Studies ’18
A lot of students, including myself, come into Duke with preconceived ideas about research: students who do research sit in a lab all day examining biological specimens or mixing ambiguous chemicals.
EHD [the Bass Connections Education & Human Development theme] makes room for students who are interested in learning more about education systems and human development. There is a lot of room for educational advocacy.
Gathering as a theme for EHD allows us to share our own work with others, but also learn more about what people in this field are interested in. It was also helpful to understand how different groups used various methods for all types of research related to education.
After you realize how much work you’ve done, the EHDx event is like icing on the cake. We’re all so interested in each other’s research! The space has a very positive, uplifting energy, in which we wish everyone the best and understand that we are all passionate about really interesting work. Not only do we showcase our work and how proud we are of it, but we are also inspired by our fellow EHD theme members to keep doing this important work.
(Excerpted from Third Annual EHDx Talks Celebrates Student Research on the Social Science Research Institute website.)