The Research Scholars Program aims to facilitate rewarding and mutually beneficial research experiences for both student and mentor participants and to serve as a gateway to long-term endeavors in the future.
RSP welcomed its first class of students in January of 2011. Of over 200 applications received, seventeen first- and second-year students partnered with fifteen graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty mentors on research projects in ten disciplines across the University. Throughout the semester, students participated in a series of seminars led by Duke faculty and staff, designed to provide unique perspectives on the research process. At the conclusion of the semester, students presented their progress at a “Chalk Talk,” showcasing their research projects.
Our subsequent years saw a similarly high level of success. As we embark on our sixth year, we are looking to accommodate a larger class of incoming students and mentors. We will expand the number of seminars, which will explore issues and ideas across a broad but relevant spectrum. Students will be able to enjoy meals sponsored by RSP, and on many occasions the addition of a faculty guest.
As you explore our site, we hope the information you find will speak to your desire to become involved with undergraduate research—as either a student or mentor, or even as a supporter. We welcome your comments, and look forward to addressing any questions you might have.
Working in a lab this semester was definitely one of the primary highlights of my first year at Duke.
— Spring 2011 student
The exposure to research that I have gained this semester through the Research Scholars Program has been invaluable. Through this experience I have learned not only how a lab functions, but also how the research process evolves and makes a real impact on society.
— Spring 2012 student