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Vertically Integrated Partners (VIP) Program

May 19 - July 25, 2014

The 2011 Vertical Integration Partners (VIP) Program is a 10-week program that provides 10 Duke undergraduates with support for a summer of research in the Biomedical Sciences with the theme of Inquiry Across Scale: From Genes to Cognition.  Participants receive a $5,500 stipend.

This program provides advanced opportunities for summer research for rising Duke juniors and seniors. In this 10-week program, undergraduate partners join interdisciplinary teams with two graduate students, and together they are guided by two faculty members.

There will be 5 VIP research teams in summer 2014:

Psychoneuroimmunology (Staci Bilbo and Cagla Eroglu)

Models & Mechanisms of Human Disease (Fred Nijhout and Mike Reed)

Plant Perception and Responses to Environmental Cues (Meng Chen and Kathleen Donohue)

Primate Genomics and the Evolution of Diet  (Christine Wall and Greg Wray)

Molecular Biology and Evolution of Olfactory Circuits (Pelin Volkan and Hiroaki Matsunami)


Each team has two undergraduates.  Students can apply from any major, with priority given to rising juniors and seniors.  Students may not participate in this program after graduation.

Applications for 2014  will open on December 1, 2013.