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Fundamentals 2015: Discovery

By On November 18, 2014

Discovery determines where we begin. This sub-theme of the Fundamentals symposium asks: What are basic building blocks of our universe, our knowledge, and how do we identify them? We are the methods… Read More

Fundamentals of the “Definition” group

By On November 18, 2014

What is a definition? Why is there a need for definitions? What is the role of definitions in our disciplines? How have these definitions changed historically?  Who defines? How do we define ourselves? These… Read More

Fundamentals 2015: Definition, Dialogue, Discovery, Dissemination planning recap

By On November 18, 2014

Fundamentals Recap of symposium planning discussion at retreat Aug. 29-30: Discussed multiple facets of the topic, “Fundamentals”. Interacted with texts on research, poetry/writing, language and the structure of it, literary portrayal of… Read More

Fundamentals 2015 – Join group “Dialogue”!

By On November 13, 2014

Hello everyone! This is Alex Oprea and I am coordinating the theme “Dialogue” in the upcoming “Fundamentals” Symposium. Very excited about that! Send me a quick email at ao29 at duke(dot)edu if… Read More

Cheating birds, faithful friends and a passion for research

By On October 22, 2014

Irene Liu’s talk on “Sperm competition, infidelity and the hunt for reproductive proteins in birds” was as engaging as a really good mystery novel and as informative as your Introduction to Biology… Read More

USP Seminar: Narrative, science, and fear of the unknown

By On October 17, 2014

On October 16th, to a USP crowd made up primarily of scientists, Duke English Professor Priscilla Wald asked the audience to think about how the public talks about science. How do the… Read More

How to Apply

By On October 6, 2014

The University Scholars Program welcomes incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional school students to Duke University.  It is not possible to apply directly to the University Scholars Program.  Read on below for more… Read More