The Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) promotes undergraduate research at Duke through workshops, the annual Visible Thinking Symposium, funding independent research, assistantships and conferences and by providing support for summer research programs. See the complete list of URS programs.
Additional research opportunities and support are available directly through the departments and institutes of Duke University. See More Opportunities.
Director of Undergraduate Research Support Office
Academic Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Sarah Russell, Ph.D.
I grew up in Massachusetts, received a BA in Social Sciences at Hampshire College, and then earned my MA and Ph.D in Early American History at University of Maryland, College Park. The focus of my scholarship was the colonial and 19th-century plantation societies of Louisiana and the complicated (and often contentious) political, economic and social relationships between the African, Anglo, French, Spanish and Creole peoples of this region. Before I came to Duke, I taught History and Latin American Studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Math and spent a semester in Denmark on a Fulbright grant. I have advised students on social science research projects with a cross-cultural focus, and I am particularly interested in supporting student research across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. I live in Durham with my husband, a fearless cat, an anxious dog, and, occasionally, my daughter, who is a student at NYU.
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Support Office
I came to this position at Duke from managing a Biological Field Research Station and Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica for Southern Nazarene University. There, I mentored 200+ university students over the course of three years in a multicultural, multilingual, living-learning environment. I coordinated and led student trips within Costa Rica, and in Nicaragua and Panama, managed out budget, expenses, website and community outreach, and program student recruitment and promotion, Liaising with students, professors, administrators and researchers from a variety of institutions. I came looking for a way to continue to work in experiential learning opportunities for students—as these had been my most formative experiences in my undergraduate career. Becoming the Program Coordinator for URS has been a delightful way for me to continue to work with experiential learning. I’m so enjoying learning about the incredible opportunities available for students here at Duke, and working on ways to come alongside Dean Russell in best equipping students to engage in meaningful research.