In this problem-focused, campus-wide initiative, students are gaining a rich, multifaceted understanding of global issues through innovative courses and other cross-disciplinary learning opportunities that represent the best of Duke. This enhances their work in project teams, the keystone of Bass Connections. In these small teams, students of all levels—from undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows—are working with faculty and outside experts to conduct cutting-edge research and create outcomes that make a difference in the world.
Supporting Bass Connections
Anne and Robert Bass are the visionary philanthropists who launched Bass Connections through a $50 million gift, including a generous $25 million matching gift challenge to encourage other Duke friends and alumni to help shape this transformational program.
Bass Connections is fast becoming a cornerstone of the Duke experience. In the first six years of the program, more than 2,750 faculty, students and postdocs have participated in Bass Connections, and the program now receives about two times more applications from students than it can support at its current scale. In the next decade, we aspire to expand the capacity of Bass Connections to ensure that at least 30 percent of the undergraduate student body has the opportunity to conduct research through Bass Connections.
Your investment will help Duke educate a new generation of versatile leaders who are adept at working in diverse teams to solve today’s—and tomorrow’s—global problems.
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Explore the many ways Duke students are making a difference locally and globally through Bass Connections.