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The Center for Pathway Programs encompasses an ecosystem of initiatives that span all academic and career stages. Explore all programs below or click to find options for applicants in Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Undergrad, or Grad School and Beyond.

BIGGER: Bridging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research

BIGGER exposes students in gap or professional development year(s) to clinical research, research methodology, the IRB’s role in clinical research, independent research projects, and assists with professional development through formal lectures. BIGGER also provides peer mentoring for career progression. Learn More.

Building Opportunities & Overtures in Science & Technology (BOOST)

BOOST (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology) is a multidimensional program designed to get middle schoolers excited about science and inspire them to pursue careers in medicine and related fields. Learn more.

Community of Scholars (CoS)

Duke’s Community of Scholars (CoS) seeks to connect trainees, share educational resources, and increase program efficiencies to enhance the career development of diverse scholars across Duke, enabling them to become successful researchers, mentors, and leaders. Learn More.

Duke CTSA TL-1 Program

CTSA TL-1 provides individualized training through mentored research, didactic training, and professional development curricula. For Postdocs and MD Fellows, the TL1 provides an NIH-scale postdoctoral stipend as well as funds towards federally designated training-related expenses. For pre-doctoral trainees, the TL1 provides full tuition for trainees to complete a Master’s program as well as a stipend and funds for additional expenses. Learn More.

Duke Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE)

BioCoRE is a program designed to unify and enrich the bioscience community across the Duke School of Medicine. A primary goal is to increase the diversity of scientists in the biosciences, which starts with promoting the holistic development of scholars throughout their Ph.D. training at Duke. Learn More.


The Duke CTSA KL2 program provides training and research opportunities for junior investigators that equip them to lead transdisciplinary research teams, facilitate advancement of discoveries to their next translational phase, represent a more diverse workforce to meet evolving translational science priorities, and leverage partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally to enhance the impact of their discoveries. Learn More.

Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences Program

The mission of the Duke MBS program is to educate and mentor a diverse group of individuals in an interprofessional and collaborative environment so they can transform future health professions and biomedical science environments. Learn More.

DME: Duke Med Elementary

Duke Med Elementary’s mission is to teach local elementary students how to make healthy lifestyle choices through science-based educational programs focused on the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, exercise, and nutrition. Learn more.

Duke National Clinician Scholars Program

This program is designed to give basic science-oriented PhD graduate students and postdoctoral associates exposure to clinical areas and translational opportunities related to their field of research. The four tracks include Infectious Diseases; Oncology and Regenerative Medicine; Neurosciences; and Endocrinology, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease. Learn More.

Duke’s Summer Training in Academic Research (STAR) Program

The objective of Duke’s STAR program is to provide a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and middle and high school teachers during the summer academic break. This program gives participants who are interested in science and medicine real hands-on experience in research methodology and writing. Learn More.


Duke Underrepresented in Neurology Teleshadowing Program

The Underrepresented in Neurology Tele-shadowing Experience seeks to encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to consider careers in Neurology. Learn More.


Duke University Neuroscience Experience (DUNE) 

DUNE is a paid summer research program based in the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences for rising juniors and senior high school students in the Research Triangle Area. The core mission of our program is to promote participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM, by inundating these students into the scientific process. Learn More.


HPREP: Health Profession Recruitment and Exposure Program

HPREP works to increase the number of minority students entering health professions by exposing underrepresented high school students to opportunities in health fields, information about the unique healthcare needs of their communities, and mentors invested in their professional success. Learn More.

Institutional Mentored Career Development Awards at Duke

Institutional K- and similar awards are designed to support early-career clinical scientists and basic researchers who are committed to independent research careers, and to facilitate their transition to more advanced support mechanisms. Mentored Career Development awards can be funded by different funding mechanisms including professional societies. Duke is the recipient of several NIH-funded K12 awards which reflects on the quality of the Duke research environment and the quality of Duke faculty. Learn More.


OPSD PRIME Summer Academy

OPSD PRIME Academy is a summer professional development series that provides networking opportunities and a well-rounded review of both the research enterprise and opportunities in biomedical research. Learn More.

RESURP: REACH Equity Summer Undergraduate Research Program

RESURP works to increase students’ knowledge of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in health; introduce students to basic skills in clinical research; provide an opportunity to conduct a health disparities research project; and provide an opportunity for students to shadow Duke faculty in a clinical setting. Learn More.

SALUD: Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity

SALUD’s vision is to empower Durham Latinx youth to be catalysts for progressive change on a personal and communal level. The program’s mission is to inspire Durham Latinx youth to pursue health-related professions by critically exploring health through a social justice lens. Learn More.

Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute (SBSI)

The Duke University Summer Biomedical Science Institute is a free, six-week summer residential experience providing intensive and personalized preparation for medical school for rising college sophomores and rising juniors. Learn More.

The PROMISE study: Peer group research on mentoring scientists underrepresented in biomedical research

Postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty are being recruited to participate in this research study, which compares two different facilitated peer mentoring plans in racially and ethnically underrepresented (UR) biomedical researchers. Learn More.

Visiting Clinical Scholars

In partnership with clinical departments, the Duke School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion awards a number of scholarships to underrepresented in medicine (URiM) fourth-year medical students for the Visiting Clinical Scholars Program to support their participation in a clinical elective. Learn More.