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Research Ambassador (RA) Program


Administered jointly by the Undergraduate Research Support Office and the Duke Undergraduate Research Society, the RA Program consists of an experienced group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors serving as peer mentors for underclassmen looking to get involved in research at Duke. RA Program mentors provide that special student perspective and inside advice on getting started, making the most of a research experience, and finding support for research.
Need research advising? Sign up to be a mentee here by September 10 in our Fall 2021 program!
Interested in mentoring? Apply to be a mentor here by September 10 for our Fall 2021 program!
(1) Being open and responsive to research-related inquiries from mentees (typically 3-5) during the fall semester
(2) Attending 1 group gathering, 1 individual meeting per mentee (depending on interest), and 1 check-in at the end of the semester about student success
Mentors are responsible for helping mentees define their interests and secure a research position that starts in 2022. Possible advising topics include contacting PIs, lab interview conduct, and finding labs of interest using Duke resources. The expected time commitment is 0.5 – 1 hr/wk. **Upon acceptance, mentor bios will be featured on the DURS site (
**We are evaluating applications on a rolling basis, so please fill it out at your earliest convenience! The app shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes, and we will get back to you with mentee assignments ASAP following submission.