By Connor Ertz, Earth.com
Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2018-2019 team-based research projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in interdisciplinary exploration of big, unanswered questions about major societal challenges.
Any Duke faculty member may submit a proposal. Duke graduate/professional students, postdocs and trainees/fellows are also encouraged to propose projects, but all projects must have at least one faculty leader.
For some faculty, Bass Connections funds a pilot research project that lays the groundwork for external grant proposals. For others, Bass Connections offers an innovative teaching model and an opportunity to mentor students in a small group atmosphere. And some faculty view Bass Connections as an opportunity to initiate or deepen engagement with a community organization or other collaborators outside of Duke who can provide input into the construction of research questions and translate findings into action.
This year, faculty may propose a project that does not align with one of the five Bass Connections themes by applying through the new open channel.
Faculty should also take note of several new offerings from the current Bass Connections themes:
Due to several gifts, we encourage proposals that take advantage of opportunities in the following areas:
Laura Howes, director of Bass Connections, is available to answer questions. Faculty may also contact the theme leaders of any given theme to discuss project ideas. In addition, interested faculty, graduate/professional students, postdocs and trainees/fellows are welcome to attend any session that fits their schedule, though each session has a particular thematic focus.
Lunch or breakfast will be served at each session. RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated.