Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Conference funding opportunity!

We are delighted to announce an opportunity for conference funding for undergraduate Statistical Science students presenting their research at a scholarly conference or attending a conference in support of their research. Funds are available for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

What is fundable?

  • The grant can cover up to $400 in as-yet-unfunded conference fees at the student rate for an undergraduate student to attend and present their research. It may also cover fees for an undergraduate to attend a conference without presenting,  in support of the research. Note that due to travel restrictions, only virtual conferences are eligible for this funding.  Funds may not be used for travel or lodging, etc. 

Who can apply? The grant is in support of Duke undergraduate students performing independent research in Statistical Science. Preference will go to students working on a senior honors thesis but any undergraduate student who fits one of the following categories may apply:

  • a major or minor in Statistical Science 
  • or in an interdisciplinary major involving Statistical Science 
  • or a Program II student whose advisor is a faculty member in Statistical Science
  • or an undeclared student intending to pursue a degree in the department, who is active in the StatSci Majors Union
  • or doing undergraduate research in the department in connection with an independent study or honors thesis

How do you apply?

  • Discuss the application with your research mentor in the department
  • Fill out the form.
  • Ask your mentor to fill out the recommendation when they receive an invitation

How long does it take to get an answer?

  • You'll hear back within one to two weeks of all information having been provided. 

When's the deadline?

  • Grants are made on a rolling basis until all the funds are allocated for the 2020-2021 academic year. Apply once you know your paper/poster has been accepted. 

Are the funds limited?

  • Yes. There is a limited pool of funds for this purpose for 2020-21 and we will review applications on a rolling basis until funds for this year are exhausted. We currently have no funds available for future periods. 

When do I get the funds?

  • Funds are typically reimbursed upon completion of the conference.  We follow the Duke Undergraduate Research Support Office guidelines in this case. However, do let us know if this presents a problem.  

What else do I have to do?

  • You must be willing to present your work at a departmental event or at the Visible Thinking showcase, if invited.  If you are not presenting research at the conference, we may ask you to make a short public presentation about what you learned or to write and share a reflection on the experience for the department website or other outlets. We will also identify you as a grant recipient on our website. All recipients will be asked to write a short reflection on their research and conference experience as a condition of funding.  

What if I'm part of a group whose work is being presented, although I'm not the one presenting?

  • Go ahead and apply, and explain that  in your application.  We'll let you know if we have questions.

What if the research was done for pay?

  • This is for undergraduate academic research that you performed on your own, or as part of a group, but not as part of a job.

What is the source of the funds? 

  • Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Maria Tackett, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Statistical Science, who won a Duke Trinity College grant for enhancing undergraduate research in the 2020-2021 year. The grant was called Toward a More Sustainable Culture of Undergraduate Research in Statistical Science.  The grant strengthens undergraduate research opportunities in the department, particularly for students writing honors theses. 

But what about.....?

  • Send an email with your questions and we'll answer them or set up a meeting to talk with you.