How 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 Versatile Humanists at Duke and 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.
Undergraduate students receive up to $3,000 to defray housing and living expenses (please note that amounts may vary for projects with off-campus components). Graduate students receive a stipend or travel support up to $2,500.
In 2019, Story+ ran from May 16 through June 28. The priority deadline was February 15, 2019.
Projects and Participants