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Statement from the BOOST Program at Duke University Regarding Jason Ward

While we were excited to welcome Mr. Ward into the BOOST community, and have praised his accomplishments on social media since, the painfully disappointing news of these recent allegations has prompted our team to pause, acknowledge the deep hurt that has been caused, and take necessary steps to reiterate our values and continue to protect our BOOST community.

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BOOST Partners with Postdocumentaries to Film and Edit Interviews
May 15, 2019

Through a partnership with Duke University Postdoctoral Association, BOOST scholars interview postdoctoral scientists on camera and edit those interviews later for the viewing public. Click here to learn more and view the Postdocumentaries videos.

Piper Co-Founder Shree Bose Visits BOOST Scholars on Science Saturday
January 26, 2019

Accomplished scientist and innovator Shree Bose shared her story with BOOST Scholars in Durham, North Carolina. Shree taught Scholars to use Piper, the Minecraft toolbox she co-created to keep young people interested in science and technology. Click here for the full story from Mackenzie, BOOST Junior Coach in Training.

BOOST Collaborates with Local Partners to Host Film Screening for Durham Community
February 21, 2019

BOOST is teaming up with Duke School of Medicine’s Division of Community HealthExchange Family CenterLincoln ClinicPrevent Child Abuse and other partners to explore the science behind toxic stress through a documentary film screening. Resilience – The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope dissects the long-lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences on the brain and body. The screening will take place on February 21 at the Trent Semans Center in Durham, and all are invited. Click here for more information.

Duke University Health System CEO Secures $50K for BOOST Program
November 24, 2018

The BOOST Program at Duke University thanks Chancellor A. Eugene Washington for helping secure $50,000 to support BOOST over the next two years. Chancellor Washington is Duke University’s chancellor for health affairs and the president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

This giving season, we ask that you consider making a donation to support our BOOST scholars. Your contribution makes it possible for students who are underrepresented in STEM to explore hands-on, extracurricular learning experiences that they don’t get in their regular classrooms. Click to learn how you can contribute today.

Dr. Brenda Armstrong, BOOST Founder, Dies at Age 69
October 7, 2018

Dr. Brenda Armstrong was a trailblazer for diversity in health science at Duke University and beyond. Her legacy includes founding the BOOST program, participating in the 1969 Allen Building Takeover to protest the racial climate on Duke’s campus, coaching the Durham Striders and much more. Click here to continue reading.

One Day of Adventure and Learning in Duke Forest
July 10, 2018

This year BOOST XL, for rising 7th graders, partnered with the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Forest, Duke Gardens, the Shared Material Instrumentation Facility at Pratt and Duke Horticulture at the Greenhouse. The partnerships allowed the opportunity for XL Scholars to learn about society’s effects on the environment and what scientists are doing to sustain our world. Read the story in Duke Today.