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September 2018

USP Fall Retreat, Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 1-2

September 1 @ 6:00 pm - September 2 @ 3:00 pm
Spruce Pine Lodge, 2235 Bahama Rd,
Bahama, NC 27503

The University Scholars Program is pleased to welcome all University Scholars to the annual USP Fall Retreat. Saturday, Sept. 1 in the Holsti-Anderson Room, Perkins Library, 6:00 - 9:00 pm:  We’ll be welcoming our newest University Scholars and reconnecting with returning ones.   Dinner provided, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.                                         Sunday, Sept. 2, at Spruce Pine Lodge, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm: The USP Retreat continues! The lodge is a public venue maintained by the city of Durham by Lake Michie.  Breakfast at Smith Warehouse, 8:00 - 8:30 am.  Lunch at Spruce Pine Lodge.  Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options provided.            

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August 2018

USP Undergraduate Assembly, Room 028 John Hope Franklin Center

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Room 028 John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, NC

Undergraduate University Scholars convene to build and strengthen the undergrad community, to get to know each other in advance of the USP Fall Retreat, to learn about opportunities within and without the USP at Duke, and to understand the USP's expectations for undergraduates in the program. We will meet in the room 028 in the basement of the John Hope Franklin Center.  Dinner provided with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Click here for the C-2 bus schedule.  If driving, parking is available in the Pickens Health Clinic lot across the street from the Franklin Center on Trent Drive.

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USP Grad/Prof Meet and Greet @Durty Bull

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Durty Bull Brewery, 206 Broadway St
Durham, NC 27701 United States

Join new and returning graduate and professional school University Scholars for a meet, greet, and eat event at the Durty Bull Brewing Company! Grab a beer from one of Durham's best breweries, meet and catch up with other Unis, and enjoy pizza provided by the University Scholars Program! Partners and families welcome.

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USP Class of 2022 Welcome Breakfast @ East Campus Marketplace

August 22 @ 10:00 am
East Campus Marketplace

Members of the University Scholar undergraduate Class of 2022 are invited to join the USP Director for a welcome breakfast at the East Campus Marketplace from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm.

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February 2018

USP Undergraduate Enrichment Seminar 2, Monday, Feb. 19, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708

Martin Cala Pratt 2020 works on a windmill project in Peru 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…

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October 2017

USP Undergraduate Enrichment Seminar I, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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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…

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March 2018

University Scholars Program Finalists’ Campus Visit 2018

March 28 - March 31

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (bolded items are required events or specific to University Scholars Program) Wednesday, March 28 All Day: Arrivals (Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows, Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, 2nd Floor) Meet & Greet, find your dorm room, hang out, explore campus with current University Scholars 5:oo pm:  University Scholars Program Welcome Finalists meet current scholars and learn about the University Scholars Program. (240 John Hope Franklin Center) 6:00 - 8:00 pm - USP Seminar with Dr. Deondra Rose, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Experience a USP Seminar with our focus on interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. Dr. Rose's work exemplifies interdisciplinarity, bringing together research and teaching in public/social policy, higher education policy, American political development, political behavior, identity politics, and inequality. (240 John Hope Franklin Center) 8:30 pm:  Deja Blue, Pitchforks A Capella Show, Duke University Improv (White Lecture Hall, East Campus) 10:00pm:  Locopops for all scholars (White Lecture Hall, East Campus) Thursday, March 29 ALL DAY: Attend Classes with Current Scholars - (various locations) ALL DAY: Individual Meetings with USP Director, Victoria Lodewick (see individual schedules) (106 John Hope Franklin Center) 8:30 - 10:00 am - Chapel Climb 9:30 - 10:30 am - USP Breakfast (all are welcome)…

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