The Eads Family Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund provides funding to encourage undergraduate public policy majors to become involved in faculty research projects. 

To receive EADS funding over the summer, you must reside in NC. No exceptions can be made to this rule, as Duke policies dictate that EADS recipients live in NC. Summer positions begin the day after graduation.

Please apply directly to the person listed in the position description, providing a resume and explanation of your interest in the position.

Juniors or sophomores might have an opportunity to build on the experience by choosing to write an honors thesis. 

Summer 2023 Projects

Sexual and/or Gender Minority Wellness Program Symposium Coordination

Faculty/Contact: Jess McDonald 

The student will get to know, and work with, the sexual and/or gender minority clinicians and researchers at Duke University with the goal of organizing a national and international symposium in September. The selected person will work with the Program leads, Coordinator and community members to plan the Symposium panels, Pauli Murray awards and more. In addition to learning about each of the SGM panel topics and the leaders in the field, the selected person will learn about creating social media networks with marginalized populations and about how to differentially engage various constituents (e.g. policy makers, clinicians, researchers, SGM populations, parents and loved ones). 

Spring 2023 Projects

Supporting duke world food policy center projects

Faculty: Norbert Wilson

Contact: Sarah Zoubek

The student will support Dr. Norbert Wilson, Director of the Duke World Food Policy Center, in the following activities: a project on the future of online groceries (desk research, interviews, coding in NVivo - a qualitative software tool), a National Science Foundation project on food waste, and a project on the experiences of low-income Americans below the federal poverty line (coding in NVivo and analysis).

diplomacy and intelligence during the first world war

Faculty/Contact: Jennifer Siegel

I am working on two book projects: 1) a history of diplomacy during the First World War, and 2) a project on intelligence in occupied Belgium during the First World War. I am seeking student RAs to help me process foreign-language archival materials. Students with language skills in French, German, or Flemish are especially encouraged to apply.



Life as a Research Assistant

Camille Ampey conducted research for four different entities. She traveled to courthouses for professor Beth Gifford, created a map of historically black colleges for professor Deondra Rose, collected data for professor Sarah Komisarow, and worked on anti-bias research for Sanford's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Camille liked working closely with faculty members and building close connections.