is for Duke undergraduates interested in working with Duke professors to address pressing global problems — and for Duke professors in search of funding for student researchers.

Duke University’s Research in Practice Program (RIPP) supports faculty-mentored research opportunities on issues such as the environment, health, development, nation building, technology and gender. RIPP projects, coordinated by Dr. Lori Leachman in the Economics Department, focus on questions where business and scholarship together can most effectively produce practical solutions.



RIPP Student-Patient Founded Nonprofit for Rare Disease Research

Josh Sommer is executive director of the Chordoma Foundation, which he co-founded with his mother, Dr. Simone Sommer, after he was diagnosed with a clival chordoma when he was a first-year Duke student in 2006. He believes that patients should play an active role in bringing about treatments for their own conditions, and that patients …

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MicroLending Film Project by RIPP Recipient

Rachel Cook T’06 used RIPP support to help make a film about microfinance for women: Microlending Film: A Documentary about Enterprising Women. Cook and PA Neha Sabharwal, T’13, talk about filming this global documentary chronicling the impact of microfinance on women.

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