Project Search is Duke’s newest pre-orientation program! Designed as a gateway into undergraduate research at Duke, the program offers incoming first-years an introduction to the discoveries at this high-powered research university and the basic skill set to jump start their own experience. Duke is home to scientists and scholars who can create artificial chromosomes, unravel the human motivations behind honesty, read primates’ minds, and examine the consequences of drawing and re-drawing geographic borders. These faculty all include undergraduates in their research!
If you’re interested in research at Duke, pSearch will lower the “activation barrier” needed to start your own research projects. to joining faculty in their research, or even starting their own research project. pSearch is looking for students who have limited or no research experience, but are interested in an exposure to introductory research.
Starting on August 4th, pSearch will…
- For the biological science students, teach basic biology lab skills through a genomic analysis of micro-environments around Duke campus.
- For the humanities students, teach students techniques for exploring and using archives available at Duke to create digital resources for further scholarly study.
- Provide students hands-on experience with relevant and modern research techniques, in either biological or social sciences. The findings will be informally presented at the end of the program.
- Provide exposure to a wide variety of life sciences and humanities fields through personal mentoring by research faculty – all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
- Introduce students to Duke and Durham, “America’s foodiest small town” – exploring local restaurants, swimming at the Central Campus pool, catching a home run with the historic Durham Bulls, taking a group salsa dance lesson, and much more!
- Catch the last rays of summer with a day trip to Wilmington Beach to round out the program.
For additional information contact the 2013 pSearch program directors: