Explore Opportunities for Collaborative Research through Bass Connections in 2020-21

Bass Connections students.

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Duke students from all levels and schools are invited to check out the new Bass Connections projects for 2020-2021. Applications open on January 24 and are due on February 14 by 5:00 p.m. All interested students can learn more about new project teams by talking to team leaders at the Bass Connections Fair on January 24.

A university-wide initiative, Bass Connections engages students in collaborative research on complex societal challenges, working alongside faculty from across Duke. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies, nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals and government agencies. Many team members take their research further through grants, theses and other opportunities at Duke and beyond.

Project teams last for two semesters, and some include a summer component. Course credit and summer funding are available.

Browse the 2020-2021 Projects by Theme

Each project team page contains a detailed project description, anticipated outputs, student opportunities, timelines and a list of team leaders.

Create Your Own Path

Need some help planning your Bass Connections pathway? Undergraduates can seek guidance from Duke’s Directors of Academic Engagement, who offer individualized, hour-long advising appointments to guide students through the process of integrating Bass Connections into their academic plans. Graduate students can access a number of resources to guide their pathways, and the professional schools offer tailored advising services to their students. Ph.D. students in the humanities can consult with Duke’s Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement in the Humanities.

Students of all levels are also encouraged to reach out to members of the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council, who can answer questions and offer insights about their experiences.

Bring Your Questions to the Bass Connections Fair on January 24

Students of all levels are encouraged to stop by the Bass Connections Fair on Friday, January 24, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Penn Pavilion. At the fair, students can talk with project team leaders, Bass Connections staff and members of the Student Advisory Council to learn more about new project opportunities and the benefits of participation.

Students can also talk with Directors of Academic Engagement as well as representatives from the Story+, Data+ and Design+ summer programs.

Before You Apply

Take some time to learn how project teams work, review FAQs, explore the benefits of participation and browse stories from students about their Bass Connections experiences.

Applications open on January 24 and are due on February 14 by 5:00 p.m.