Duke University Neuroscience Experience

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Duke University Neuroscience Experience (DUNE) provides high school students with a cutting-edge research experience in neuroscience laboratories at Duke University and encourages participation by students from underrepresented minority groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Participating students will be paid a stipend.



Participating students must be:

  • Rising juniors (summer after sophomore and before junior year) OR
  • Rising seniors (summer after junior year and before senior year) OR
  • Graduating seniors who have not yet applied to college


  • Be at least 15 years old by the program’s start datestudents examine a brain specimen in a lab
  • Attend a high school in the research triangle area of North Carolina
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in person programming on campus


Important Dates

  • mid-February 2022: Application Open
  • March 25, 2022: Application Deadline
  • April 2022: Admissions Decisions Announced
  • June 13-August 5, 2022: Program runs for 8 weeks