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.
Shivam Dave, Trinity ’18, is double majoring in Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Hindi. He has been conducting research on the beta-2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR), a specific type of G Protein Coupled Receptor in Dr. Robert Lefkowitz’s lab at Duke. Shivam has been searching for nanobodies (single-chain antibodies) which selectively bind to β2AR and help stabilize certain conformations of the receptors, thus biasing downstream signaling towards either G-protein-mediated signaling or β-Arrestin-mediated signaling. This work will build towards his senior thesis in biology while contributing to the lab’s overall goal of understanding the dynamics of GPCR signaling.
Daniel Kwon, Trinity ’19, is double majoring in Neuroscience and Global Health. Daniel participated in NYU’s Project Healthcare, a 10-week long innovative and immersive volunteer program in the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department. The first week of the program was an extensive orientation that includes an introduction to the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine and other rotation areas, informational lectures, and certification in CPR. For the remaining nine weeks of the program, volunteers worked 25 hours a week in scheduled rotations, and worked additional hours to prepare research and health fair projects. In addition, students were required to attend a weekly team meeting and public health course taught by one of Bellevue’s attending physicians.
Attyat Mayans, Trinity ’18, is double majoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Chinese and Cultural Anthropology. She is also pursuing a certificate in Child and Family Policy. Attyat attended a conference on fake news and higher education at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan and spent a week exploring the development of the Chinese educational system and the rise of the study abroad movement. Attyat’s senior thesis in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is focused on the development of the educational system in China from the 19th century to the present-day. She is looking at Chinese students studying abroad in Europe and the United States as a key element shaping the trajectory and priorities of education during key transitional moments in China’s history. Over the past year, she has been creating an in-depth historical survey of shifts in Chinese education which have been closely related to disruption by American and European individuals and entities.
Dejana Saric, Trinity ’18, is double majoring in Public Policy and Political Science, with a concentration in Security, Peace, and Conflict. In summer 2016, Dejana pursued an unpaid internship with Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles. The internship was split between two departments at the organization, the Development and Outreach Department and the Children’s Rights Division, which offered her experience working for an international human rights organization, interaction with other U.S. and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. In summer 2017, Dejana interned at the U.S Department of State with the office of South Eastern Europe within the European Bureau. This internship allowed her to learn more about the way the United States promotes its interests in Europe and around the world. More specifically, the internship would involve learning about how the U.S is helping promote cooperation and stability in the Western Balkans, greater economic growth, and integration into western institutions such as the European Union and NATO.