Academic Engagement and Fellowship
Housed within OUSF are a variety of programs Duke University that encourage academic engagement among students. Students come from diverse backgrounds and have widely differing academic and professional goals, but are united in their desire to engage with intellectual communities during their time at Duke. Affiliated programs include women's learning and housing communities, faculty lecture series, scholarly opportunities for future health professionals, and research initiatives.
Inspiring and supporting undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond
The four-year experience includes a retreat, two academic seminars, an opportunity to live together as a group on West Campus, an internship, and numerous informal activities such as lectures and dinners. Baldwin Scholars will develop leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The program is open to students in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering.
A community of ambitious, supportive academic thinkers
ASCEND Women Scholars contribute to a community of ambitious, supportive academic thinkers through dinner discussions with esteemed academic guests.
Through personal interactions with Duke professors, visiting scholars, distinguished alumni, and one another, scholars will gain early exposure to top faculty, discover opportunities to receive professional mentoring, and secure research positions as early in their undergraduate career.
Phi Beta Kappa
The nation's oldest academic honor society
The abridged history of our chapter, presented below, is taken from Carl L. Anderson's history of Phi Beta Kappa at Duke. This work was written in 1977 and revised in 1978, 1980, and 1988.
"The Duke chapter, Beta of North Carolina, was formed in 1920 at Trinity College, Durham, on the application of eight faculty members who has been inducted into membership while they were students at other institutions. The statement prepared in support of Trinity's application was pleased to point out that the college had no fewer than eleven buildings, including a library of 54,000 volumes staffed by six librarians..
"To meet the requirement that alumni of the College included persons who had attained great distinction, the charter application named United States Senators and Congressmen, college presidents, and others, including John Spencer Bassett, Professor of History in Trinity College. Basset had been the center of a celebrated controversy at Trinity in 1903 that led to one of the earliest affirmations of academic freedom by the trustees of an American institution of learning..."
Enabling highly motivated students to prepare competitive applications to medical school and other health profesions.
The Cardea Fellows Program is for high achieving students who are committed to preparing for a profession in health care by mastering core knowledge in math and science.
Every undergraduate admitted to Duke has demonstrated academic excellence, yet some students may not have had the opportunity to develop a foundation in science and math that will accelerate them toward their professional goals. The Cardea Fellows Program is designed to enhance the competitive success of high performing students by forming a learning community to help establish a critical foundation in the natural sciences for each fellow.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
A long-term effort to help remedy the problem of underrepresentation in the faculty ranks of higher education
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program aims to create a legacy of engaged fellows who will provide opportunities for all students to experience and learn from the perspectives of diverse faculty members. Established in 1988, MMUF works to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction. The name of the program honors Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the noted African American educator, statesman, minister, and former president of Morehouse College.