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Spring 2015 Duke Clinical Undergraduate Research Experience (DCRUE) Application Now Open


Application for Spring 2015 IS NOW OPEN. 


Interested in clinical research?

The Duke Clinical Research Undergraduate Experience (dCRUE) is a shadowing/career exploration program intended to expose undergraduate students to clinical research and to begin to train the next generation of clinical researchers. The program consists of two components: in the first semester, a weekly dinner series with nationally renown medical faculty, and in the second semester, the additional opportunity for shadowing rotations in the Duke Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) and Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). We will be selecting 13 first-semester dinner series participants to attend the Meet the Physician Investigator dinners, and seven second-semester participants to shadow in the DCRU, the hospital, and with other program partners.
Those who have participated in the first semester dinner series are encouraged to reapply to remain part of the dinner series in addition to have the chance to shadow. The dCRUE program promises to be a unique experience providing students with a view into modern clinical research. Students will receive personal attention, individual opportunities, and connections with faculty and staff. Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors only. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Syed Adil at sma41@duke.edu.
Deadline: December 15th, 2014 at 11:59pm
Click this link to download the application: Spring 2015 dCRUE Application
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NCC Summer Research Experience Program

The North Carolina Collaborative (NCC) Summer Research Experience Program provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students during the summer academic break. The program capitalizes on world-renowned training programs in place at Duke University under the leadership Dr. Danny Benjamin, professor of pediatrics. The team of instructors includes Duke adult medicine and pediatrics faculty members, a writing instructor, a statistician, and operations staff.

The faculty of the NCC Summer Research Experience Program is actively involved in NIH-sponsored research in clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, trials, and pharmaco-epidemiology. In addition to these activities, members of the instructional team have a track record of dedication to education of trainees at all levels. Combined, these faculty members have over 200 publications with trainees as either first author or co-author.

Application here: https://dcri.org/education-training/ncc-research/NCC-research

Apply to be a Research Ambassador!

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 11:59PM EST FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22. Open to juniors/seniors only. APPLY NOW! For any questions, please contact Sammie Truong (samantha.truong@duke.edu) or dursociety@gmail.com. 

The Duke Undergraduate Research Society’s newly restructured Research Ambassadors Program will consist of a group of 10-15 juniors and seniors serving as mentors for underclassmen. Selected Research Ambassadors will provide guidance regarding getting involved in research here at Duke. Instead of pairing mentors with mentees, we will feature profiles and contact information for each Research Ambassador on our website. This will provide underclassmen the opportunity to select and contact their Research Ambassador of choice with any questions/concerns, setting up meetings if necessary.

Program Requirements:

  • semester-long commitment
  • mandatory training session
  • Research Ambassadors Kick-Off
  • holding a mentor “Office Hour” once a month
  • developing relationships with underclassmen mentees

For more details, click here!

Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program!

Come learn about Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories’ Summer Undergraduate Research and Innovative Ph.D. Programs!

Who: Dr. Keisha John will be on campus to discuss both programs
When: Monday, October 29th at 5:00pm
Where: Bio Sci 130

Learn about the many opportunities to conduct biological research during the summer and in graduate school in Cancer,  Neuroscience, Quantitate Biology, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Genomics, RNAi, Epigenetics, Gene Regulation and Plant Biology.

Find more information online @ www.cshl.edu and at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) website: www.cshl.edu/education/urp

Unique features of the program are:

  • Reduced time to PhD degree – median 4.6 years compared to national average of 7 years
  • Course work and laboratory rotations in separate phases in the first year
  • Emphasis on the principles of scientific logic and reasoning
  • Extensive student mentoring through a “two-tier” mentoring program
  • Financial support from the program ($31,500 annual stipend with full remission of tuition and fees), uncoupling the funding from the mentor

MD/PhD Info Session Handout

Hi all!

Big thanks to everyone who made it out to our MD/PhD information session last Thursday! You can download the presentation here. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact dursociety@gmail.com!

Welcome Back!

As you’re laying out your back-to-school calendar don’t forget to keep DURS in mind! We have a bunch of great programming set for this Fall term and hope that you’ll be able to make it out to some of our events & take advantage of the resources we have to offer. Check out our tentative schedule below or under the “Events” tab – cheers to another academic year!


Fall 2012 Tentative Schedule

  • Undergraduate Research Concurrent Sessions (NEW)
  • Inaugural Event featuring Dr. Hunt Willard (Institute for Genome Science & Policy)
  • Research Ambassadors Orientation (NEW)
  • Workshop: How to Get Involved in Research
  • Workshop: Summer 2013 Opportunities & Programming (NEW)
  • Information Session: Applying to Graduate School

A Decade of Research Growth at Duke

Check out this article to learn more about how Duke has gradually become one of the top 10 leading research institutions in America!

Cheers to all of the fabulous faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and undergraduate research assistants on campus!

Upcoming event!

“Poster Presentation Workshop” – 6:00 pm, April 11, 2012 (Soc Sci 119)

To all students who are in the process of preparing a research poster: are you
confused about what to include? Stressed by deadlines for Visible Thinking, an
academic conference, or independent study project?

If so, DURS has your fix! We will be offering tips and advice for both
designing and presenting successful posters at our Research Poster Workshop
on Wednesday, April 11th from 6 – 7 PM (Soc Sci 119). Emphasis will
be placed on scientific posters presenting work from independent study
projects. We will have many student examples and will go over the DOs and
DON’Ts when making scientific posters.