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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.

Program activities include:

  • seminars on research methodology, manuscript preparation, oral presentation, email etiquette, the role of mentees, and professionalism
  • mentored independent research projects
  • abstract submissions to conferences

The program lasts 6 months beginning in June and occurs annually.

ELIGIBILITY. This program is for…

  • Students who have completed an undergraduate degree who are taking a professional development year prior to applying for or enrolling in a graduate/health professions school. 

The program encourages applications from individuals who identify as belonging to any of the following groups:

  • Race/ethnicity groups who are underrepresented in STEM, biomedical sciences, or medical fields
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or of Spanish origin
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Native Alaskan or Native American

For questions, contact deborah.fidelman@duke.edu


This program was established in 2017 and is housed within the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This program is currently funded by: 

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) R25 Award

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact:

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