EnergyBass Connections in Energy cuts across business, engineering, policy and science to educate tomorrow’s energy leaders, create new options through research and improve decision-making about energy. Bass Connections in Energy partners with Duke’s Energy Initiative, a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable and clean energy system.

Through Bass Connections in Energy, students at all levels and in all programs of study gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to play leadership roles in a rapidly evolving energy future. Bass Connections in Energy raises the stakes for students and faculty by crossing boundaries through problem-focused education—boundaries among disciplines, educational levels and schools; geographic boundaries; and boundaries between the university, business, civil society and government.

Learn more at our Bass Connections in Energy website.

Educational Pathways

Students interested in Bass Connections in Energy can apply to be a part of a project team, register for a gateway course, go deeper with an Energy Depth course or enroll in a curricular program, such as the undergraduate Energy and Environment certificate, the Energy Engineering minor, or an Energy concentration within one of the professional programs. For more details see

Students may participate in the many energy events and activities (visit for details on our events and campus energy activities, and to sign up for our email listservs):

  • Energy Speaker Series (visiting guest speakers)
  • Power Lunches (lunch time seminars with energy industry professionals)
  • Energy Mixes (social networking events)
  • Duke University Energy Conference (annual each fall)
  • Campus Energy Tours 
  • Power Trips (field trips to energy facilities and companies)
  • Student Energy Clubs

Students can also join a student club engaged in energy-related issues, including (see for details):

  • Smart Home Club
  • Nicholas School Energy Club
  • Fuqua School MBA Energy Club
  • Sanford Energy and Environment Club
  • Nicholas School Business and Environment Club
  • Duke US Green Building Council
  • Environmental Law Forum
  • Smart Home Club
  • Duke University Energy Club (undergraduate)
  • Duke Oil, Gas & Energy Law Society

In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Energy offers two semester-long interdisciplinary courses; there are also many related courses of interest.


Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.

Student Stories

Check out students’ experiences in Energy.

Theme Leaders

Bass Connections in Energy is led by Lori Snyder Bennear, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment.

At a Glance

Using interdisciplinary thinking to address tomorrow’s critical energy and environmental challenges
8 project teams in 2016-17
2 interdisciplinary courses


Mar 01
Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson, a faculty mentor for PebblePad, will walk you through creating your first portfolio items in PebblePad, plus how to create assignments for students (or others) to complete.

Mar 08
Molly Griffith and Zapoura Newton-Calvert

Molly Griffith (Associate Director, Office of Academic Innovation) and Zapoura Newton-Calvert (Faculty in Residence for Engagement) will reveal some of the professional portfolios being developed by students, speak to the kinds of departments and organizations using PebblePad on campus and explore how PebblePad is implemented in the classroom.

Mar 28
Elise Mueller and Denise Comer

Join mentors Elise Mueller and Denise Comer for an advanced training session. It will cover how to organize collaboration in PebblePad (e.g., student group work or materials for multi-instructor courses), as well as how to use sets in Atlas to organize peer review.