Story+ imageHow do we tell compelling stories about complex historical, cultural and social realities? What goes into creating great stories that stay with the audience, and even change minds? Story+ is a six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling.

Undergraduates work in small teams with graduate student mentors, in a collaborative and creative research environment. Each project has a sponsor. Students learn to conduct qualitative, humanities-based research (e.g., archival research, narrative analysis, visual analysis, ethnography) and to communicate their research through effective storytelling techniques. Final projects may take the form of writing, websites, exhibits, short films or other genres, depending on the project’s goals.

Story+ is offered through the Franklin Humanities Institute and Bass Connections, with support from Duke Libraries. It is open to:

  • All undergraduates, except graduating seniors
  • All graduate students, with preference given to doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Story+ takes place during Summer Session 1. Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $3,150 participation. Graduate students can receive a stipend or travel support of $2,650.

In 2023, Story+ will run from May 17 through June 30. The application deadline is February 22, but applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so students should apply as soon as possible.

Story+ 2023 Projects

Past Projects and Participants