Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase

Bass Connections provides students with transformative learning experiences.

The 2021-2022 team members shared their research highlights with 350 members of the Duke community in person at our annual showcase.

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“Bass Connections is one of the jewels in the crown here at Duke. All corners of the campus are represented, and people bring their disciplinary expertise to bear on truly interdisciplinary, problem-directed projects. The faculty leaders starting these projects don’t actually have the answers. Students learn to embrace the uncertainty and excitement of research and learn to work in teams that are diverse — demographically, culturally and intellectually — while finding common languages to speak across disciplines. These are incredibly valuable skills no matter what you do in life.”
Provost Sally Kornbluth
Keynote Speaker, 2022 Showcase
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Lightning Talks

Best Research Poster


North Carolina Guide to Green Roofs, Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation

Runners up

Driver’s License Suspension and Self-Sufficiency, Justice Reform Efforts and Effects on Self-Sufficiency

Effect of Defaunation on Tropical Forest Ecosystem Services, Impact of Declining Animal Populations on Tropical Forests

Best Interactive Display


A City and Its River: Durham’s Ellerbe Creek Watershed

This was the first year we offered this option for the showcase. The winning team’s display included water and insect samples to view under microscopes, interactive maps and more.

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Two students interacting in front of a table display and a poster reading A City and Its River.