There are multiple sources of Duke support for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research projects, and there are research programs across the country to which Duke students may apply to become engaged in important research. For more information about undergraduate research opportunities at Duke and elsewhere, please visit the Duke Undergraduate Research Support Office.
Medical Student Research
There are numerous research opportunities for medical students in the Department of Pediatrics, from bench top to translational to clinical research. The third year at the Duke University School of Medicine represents a unique opportunity for the student to broaden his or her background in the biomedical and social sciences which are the basis of clinical medicine. The primary goal of the third year is to develop tomorrow's physician leaders through a rigorous scholarly experience in biomedical-related research.
Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development
The Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development (DPRS) is dedicated to training young physician-scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the MD, MD/PhD, or DO/PhD degree through residency and fellowship training, with the goal of achieving a full-time academic appointment as an investigator. The DPRS combines the intensive clinical training environment of Duke Children’s with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Duke University.
Duke School of Medicine Clinical Research Training Program
The Duke School of Medicine Clinical Research Training Program provides academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. Designed primarily for clinical fellows who are training for academic careers, the program offers formal courses in research design, research management, medical genomics, and statistical analysis.
Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI)
The Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) offers specific research training that addresses the need for a smooth continuum of clinical and translational research education that spans pre-doctoral years to the crucial early faculty years and incorporates training that facilitates translation of basic and clinical sciences discoveries to the bedside and to the clinic. Moreover, the training emphasizes multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to increasingly complex problems.
Employee Tuition Assistance Program
Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) (K12)
In the spring of 2013, the Department of Pediatrics successfully renewed its Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) entitled “Center for Molecular and Cellular Studies of Pediatric Disease” for another five years. This program is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and is intended to foster the maturation of pediatric junior faculty into independent physician-scientists who are skilled in cutting-edge methods of laboratory research and who pursue long-term academic careers investigating important issues related to childhood diseases. The program at Duke emphasizes opportunities in four broadly defined areas of research excellence, namely Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and Cell Signaling, Infection and Immunity, and Genetics, Genomics, and Metabolomics and benefits from mentors across Duke University. Laboratory research experiences are complemented by opportunities for didactic courses and career development workshops. Ann Reed, MD serves as the principal investigator and Michael S. Freemark, MD serves as the training director for the program, which is one of only 20 such programs across the country.