Undergraduate Research Support Office

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.   

What is URS?


The Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) provides grants and assistantships for undergraduate research projects


Director of URS Office: Dr. Sarah Russell

  • URS Conference Grants
  • URS Assistantship Grants
  • URS Independent Study Grants
  • URS IDEA Grants
  • Deans' Summer Research Fellowship
  • Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Student Team Grants

Events supported by URS:

  • Visible Thinking Symposium
  • Summer Opportunities Fair
  • State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium


Our Team

Dr. Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Research Support Office 
Academic Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

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, a flock of conniving chickens, and, occasionally, my daughter, who is a student at NYU.