Student Stories

Benenson Award Winner- Study Playwriting at the National Theater Institute

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This summer, I was fortunate to study playwriting at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for six weeks with the support of Benenson Award. The funding I received, in the amount of $4,000, was used for tuition, transportation,...

2018 National Stage Combat Workshop

George Lucas

            I used the funds provided by my 2018 Benenson Award to pay for the tuition required to attend the 2018 National Stage Combat Workshop put on by the Society of American Fight Directors in Ruston, Louisiana.

Imagining Venice

Noah Michaud

Our research for the Imagining Venice project under the Wired! Lab largely continued what we had started the in the semester and early summer prior to our departure to Venice at the beginning of June.

Molecular Characterization of a Novel Disease-associated Variant of MeCP2

Ernesto Morfin Montes de Oca

Rett Syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurological disorder that results in intellectual disability and motor dysfunction seen in girls.

Examination of the Ancestral Puebloan Agricultural Technique of Pebble Mulching

Aedan Hannon

My experiment for the Deans’ Summer Research Fellowship examined the ancestral Puebloan agricultural technique of pebble mulching.

A CRISPR/Cas9-based Lineage Tracing System to Track Metastatic Progression

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Corning BioCoat Matrigel Invasion Chambers were used to mimic the first process of invasion that occurs in vivo. Three barcoded human sarcoma cell lines of varying invasive capabilities (HOS, 143B, HT1080) will be used to test this in vitromodel.

Researching the Wild Ring-Tailed Lemurs at Tsimanampesotse National Park in Madagascar

 Melina Nolas in Madagascar

This summer, I researched wild ring-tailed lemurs at Tsimanampesotse National Park (TNP), Madagascar. I worked with Lemur Love, a U.S.-based volunteer-run non-profit (501(c) (3)), and the only organization dedicated to the research and conservation of the...

Studying the Effects of Technology in the Classroom on Students with Cerebral Palsy in Auckland, New Zealand

 Ivana Premasinghe at the Carlson School

During the summer of 2017, I volunteered at the Carlson School for students with Cerebral Palsy in Auckland, New Zealand. During my time as a volunteer, I was intrigued by the advanced, integrated utilization of technology in the classroom by the students and...

iGEM: An Exciting Way to Merge Biology and Engineering

iGEM: An Exciting Way to Merge Biology and Engineering

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is dedicated to education for students interested in the advancement of synthetic biology, in other words, taking engineering principles and applying them to natural sciences like biology.

Visibly Thinking about Undergrad Research

Visibly Thinking about Undergrad Research

Undergraduate research is kind of a big deal at Duke. The grand finale of nearly 200 of this year’s undergrad projects was a giant poster session called “Visible Thinking,” hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research Support on April 22.

Seeking Sustainability at Duke Campus Farm

Seeking Sustainability at Duke Campus Farm

What if you could supply everything your garden needs to produce a robust crop of veggies without buying a single bag of fertilizer? That’s a question Duke senior Anne Martin has tackled in a year-long independent study project.

How To Get Your Foot In The Door At A Research Lab

How To Get Your Foot In The Door At A Research Lab

So now you are at Duke — one of the world’s best research universities — but now what? You might be taking cool classes, but how can you take advantage of the world-class research happening here? Roughly 50 percent of Duke undergrads do so at some point.

An Unexpected Direction

An Unexpected Direction

Jasmine Thompson is advancing the Di Giulio lab’s work to understand the environmental impacts of a former wood treatment facility that, for decades, discharged creosote and other chemicals into the nearby river.

Studying Creatures Great and Small

Studying Creatures Great and Small

From whales to lemurs, senior Cassidy Pomeroy-Carter is using animal research experiences at Duke to prepare her for a future in veterinary medicine.

Student Research Explores Designs for New HIV Vaccines

Student Research Explores Designs for New HIV Vaccines

Nisonoff, a math major and global health and chemistry minor from Emerson, N.J., is working on two projects: one project is based in theory and the other focuses on applications of the theory. His first project, funded by the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship...

Math Junior Flips for ‘Bit Flips’

Math Junior Flips for ‘Bit Flips’

  Paul Ziquan Yang is using mathematical techniques to eliminate errors in computer hardware. Read the full story here.

Student Studies New Processes for Gene Expression

Student Studies New Processes for Gene Expression

Before biologists can understand the role of specific genes, they have to be able to determine whether those genes are "on or off." Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellow Mitchell Lee is looking to make take process easier.

A Summer In The Lab, Wounding Flies

A Summer In The Lab, Wounding Flies

Senior biology major and chemistry minor Rachel Shenker is working as a Dean’s Summer Research Fellow, trying to figure out how certain proteins affect wound-healing in flies.

A Better Approach to Machine Learning

A Better Approach to Machine Learning

Goldman Sachs Summer Research Fellow and physics major Cathy Li is using optical systems to enhance machine learning. Read the full story here.

Duke Undergrads Sink Their Teeth into Evolution Research

Duke Undergrads Sink Their Teeth into Evolution Research

Ben Schwartz and Amalia Cong, past Howard Hughes VIP participants, are studying enamel evolution in the Wall and Wray labs.

How do Children Learn Emotions?

Duke Psychology Undergraduates Study How Young Children Learn to Label Emotions. Read the rest of the story at Duke News.

Thinking Beyond the Grave

Duke Student Meredith Rahman Presents at Duke-UNC Bioethics Symposium. Read the rest of the story at Duke News.

SNCURCS returns to Duke

Nonie Arora shares a story of one of the student presenters at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, hosted by Duke on November 17, 2012.

Lab Tests for Anxiety

Lab Tests for Anxiety

Student research blogger Ashley Mooney spent her summer in Portland working in a lab that testing the impact of brain injuries on anxiety levels.

Monkey Research in Platt Lab

Monkey Research in Platt Lab

Yavuz Acikalin is doing an independent research project with the Platt Lab that deals with monkey advertising. Read about it on the Duke Research Blog.

Requiem for Haiti

Requiem for Haiti

"Sounding the Bells for Haiti" appeared in Duke Magazine in the summer of 2012.

Translational Genomics Research Institute

Translational Genomics Research Institute

Rising Trinity Junior Sonya Jooma headed to Phoenix, Arizona this summer to participate in the TGen-Duke Biomedical Futures Program.  Read the story on the Duke Research Blog.

European explorers in Tahiti

Emma Ross used computerized mapping technology to explore the interaction of British colonists and native residents in the 19th century.

Biology Majors/Researchers Win Goldwaters

Kenneth Hoehn and Clara Starkweather have been selected as scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Student Modeling Gene Regulation Wins Marshall

Student Modeling Gene Regulation Wins Marshall

Daphne Ezner, who graduates in May with a double major in biology and computer science, received funding from the Trinity Deans' Summer Fellowship program in 2011 to work with Associate Profess

Intensive Global Health Prorgam

The Duke Global Health Institute has selected 15 students for the inaugural

Bonding Through Biology

This article by Bob Bliwise appeared in the November 2010 edition of Duke Magazine.

Election surveys reveal voters' class biases

Benjamin Sosnaud, a sociology major now studying at Harvard University, analyzed survey data from eight pres