The Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase 2021

Bass Connections 2020-2021 student team members shared their research highlights with the community during three live online sessions. They presented lightning talks and hosted breakout tables to discuss findings and answer questions from 600 attendees.

Ebony Boulware gave opening remarks. “As a physician, research scientist and educator, I know firsthand about the value of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle complex problems,” she said. “We need expertise and perspectives from different areas of knowledge. That’s what I love about Bass Connections. It embodies the best of Duke, integrating faculty research with student education and bringing all corners of the campus together to dig into tough challenges in deep partnership with our local and global communities.”

L. Ebony Boulware.
L. Ebony Boulware, M.D.

Lightning Talks

Watch the videos of these student talks:

Students presenting at the Bass Connections Showcase; click to watch video.
Sagar Shah and Marie McNamara represented their team
Students presenting at the Bass Connections Showcase; click to watch video.
Keren Hendel and Zach Rene gave one of the talks

Alumni Panel

An alumni panel moderated by Erik Wibbels, Chair of the Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council, featured three former members of Bass Connections project teams:

  • Megan McGufficke (International Comparative Studies ’16)
  • Samuel Corwin (Environmental Sciences & Policy ’17)
  • Lizzie Hunsaker (Ph.D. in Chemistry ’19)
Bass Connections alumni panelists.
McGufficke, Corwin and Hunsaker
Poster from the Sex and Contraception Among College and Graduate Students During Covid-19 project team.
By Emily Chen, Lauren Holt, Sydney Morrow, Grace O'Leary, Rachel Proudman, Emily Sen, Andrew Shin and Lucy Zheng

Virtual Showcase

Many teams also shared highlights through profiles, presentations and posters, which are gathered in the 2020-2021 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase digital exhibit.

In recognition of generous gifts from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, the program’s annual culminating event is named The Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase.

Images from the Bass Connections virtual showcase.
Explore the virtual showcase