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


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