Bass Connections Seeks Proposals for New 2018-2019 Projects
Bass Connections, a university-wide initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary teams in exploring societal challenges, is calling for proposals from Duke faculty, graduate and professional students, post-docs, trainees and fellows for new project teams starting in summer 2018 or the 2018–19 academic year. The application process begins September 5 and closes November 3.
About Bass Connections
Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in multilevel interdisciplinary teams. The program offers an innovative teaching model and an opportunity to mentor students in a small group setting. Some team projects lay the groundwork for external grant proposals while others use Bass Connections research projects to initiate or deepen engagement with community organizations and/or other collaborators outside of Duke. All projects further Duke’s mission of knowledge in the service of society.
Launched by a $50 million gift from Anne and Robert Bass in 2013, Bass Connections was created with the vision of a distinctive new model for education that actively engages both graduate and undergraduate students to tackle some of the world’s unanswered questions. Projects are aligned with five themes from Duke’s top interdisciplinary institutes and initiatives:
- Global Health
- Brain and Society
- Information, Society and Culture
- Education and Human Development
- Energy and Environment
This year, the program is also accepting proposals that don’t fall squarely into one of the five themes—an option called “Bass Connections Open.”
Bass Connections in Education and Human Development
Faculty, post-docs and research fellows are encouraged to submit proposals for projects in the Education and Human Development theme that focus on developing the data, tools, and practices that better link how we raise our children—in schools, families, and communities—to positive life outcomes in an interconnected global society.
Since the program’s inception, more than 70 projects have been funded or co-funded under the Education and Human Development theme. These projects have taken participants around the globe, including India, Ghana, and Brazil. They have also tackled research questions affecting Durham and surrounding communities.
The Education and Human Development theme is led by Thomas Nechyba, director of SSRI and professor of economics. Amy Finnegan is the theme administrator.
The Bass Connections in Education and Human Development projects funded for 2017–18 include:
- How to Ask Questions
- The Role of Catholic Campus Religious Ministries in the Formation of Young Adults
- OSPRI Lab: Open Source Education Technology
- The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense
- Growth Mindset in Bangladesh: Evaluation of an Intervention to Increase Learning in Schools
- El Sistema USA and Duke: Advancing the Power of Music for Human Development (
- Exercise and Mental Health
- Making Young Voters: Policy Reforms to Increase Youth Turnout
- Contextual Influences on Children’s Identity Development
- Mindfulness in Human Development
- STEM for All
- High School Dropouts' Perspectives: Implications for Dropout Prevention Practices and Policies
- Visualizing Social Mobility in the Developing World
- Understanding the Effect of Music Therapy for Students with Autism: Analysis of Voices Together Data
- Addressing Global Health Needs among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County
- Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future
Read what students are saying a bout their Bass Connections experiences.
Special Funding Opportunities
This year, in addition to their general request for proposals, Bass Connections is accepting project proposals that specifically focus on ethics, the arts, humanities, biodiversity conservation and sustainable energy transitions. Learn more about these special funding opportunities.
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.
- Wednesday, September 20, 12-1 p.m.
Sanford - Rubenstein Hall 242
Projects with a significant legal/policy/business dimension.
- Wednesday, September 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
School of Medicine - Trent Semans Center 3019
Projects with a health dimension.
- Wednesday, September 27, 12-1 p.m.
East Campus - Friedl 225
Projects with a humanities/arts/ethics dimension.
- Friday, September 29, 12-1 p.m.
Pratt - CIEMAS 1425
Projects with an engineering/environment/natural sciences dimension.
Lunch or breakfast will be served at each session. RSVPs to email@example.com are appreciated.
Learn more about Bass Connections and the Education and Human Development theme.
Ready to submit your proposal? Review the proposal guidelines and be sure to submit your proposal before the deadline November 3. Decisions will be made by December 22.
Questions about Bass Connections Education and Human Development projects? Contact Amy Finnegan at 919.684.8479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.