Duke University Neuroscience Experience (DUNE)

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.


Young Minds Study the Brain at Duke

Read more about student experiences, the program, and more in this DukeToday article about the second annual cohort of DUNE scholars. 

Read the DukeToday story here
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Our mission is to enable future neuroscientists/STEM leaders of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in the local community an educational fun experience in neuroscience, all while removing barriers to entry for those populations.


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


Students looking at a human brain
  • Be at least 15 years old by the program’s start date
  • 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 2023: Application Opens
  • Late March 2023: Application Deadline
  • April 2023: Admissions Decisions Announced
  • June-Early August, 2023: Program runs for 8 weeks