Undergraduate University Scholars are eligible to apply for grant funding to support a research project, unpaid internship, summer study abroad, or service project that will advance them towards their academic and/or career goals. These “enrichment” projects are unique opportunities to explore or expand upon interests in a way that students would not ordinarily be able to investigate through coursework at Duke during the academic year.
Abena Ansah-Yeboah (Trinity ’18) is majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology with minors in Chemistry and Visual Media Studies. Participated in the Duke in Venice Summer Program studying the intersection of art, media, and politics in application to the modern world through the exploration of historical and cultural landmarks in Italy.
Martin Cala (Pratt ’20) is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Martin used his USP enrichment funding to pursue a Duke Engage Independent Project in Trujillo, Peru. There, he volunteered for the NGO WindAid. WindAid dedicates itself to building homemade wind turbines from recycled materials to empower rural communities through electrification. Volunteers come from all around the world to work with Peruvian engineers, which created quite a diverse environment. Martin’s project involved designing a new remote monitor so that WindAid could monitor their turbines’ output from afar. He spent nine weeks in Peru and got to learn the ins and outs of working in a workshop and implementing a project design.
Ha Nguyen (Trinity ’18) is majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Education. Ha spent her summers teaching a summer camp in Charlotte, NC, conducting an independent study on alternative education in Vietnam and Japan, and doing an internship on education policy in Washington DC. She found support from her work through the USP, DukeEngage, and the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship. Ha looks forward to sharing her experiences and insights on obtaining funding and dealing with unexpected challenges along the way.
Sanjukta Santra (Trinity ’18) is a senior majoring in Economics and pursuing the Markets & Management certificate program. Sanjukta Sanjukta worked at the marketing and finance departments at K12 Inc., a for-profit educational company that explores the intersection of education, technology, business, and politics. The projects she worked on allowed her to explore how to create profit in the public sector and maintain business goals with social good objectives.
Pratiksha Sharma (Pratt ’18) is a senior, originally from Nepal, doing a double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She has been working with professor Henri P. Gavin in building an early earthquake warning system for Nepal. An earthquake early warning was developed detecting the p-waves and was implemented in a standalone hardware.