DUNE engages local high school students in full-time summer research in cutting-edge neuroscience labs at Duke University. Our students gain hands-on research experience, participate in professional development activities, and receive a stipend. We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply, including students without prior research experience.


DUNE 2024 dates are June 10 - August 2, 2024

Applications and two (2) letters of recommendation are due by March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST.

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To apply for 2024, students must:

  • Be a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior who has not yet applied to college (grades 10-12 for the 2023-2024 school year);
  • Be at least fifteen (15) years old by June 10, 2024;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or legal resident; and
  • Live in North Carolina within commuting distance of Duke University’s West Campus.*

*DUNE does not offer a residential option. Students must commute to campus daily.

Important Dates

  • January 15: Application opens
  • March 1: Application and two (2) letters of recommendation due by 11:59pm EST
  • April: Admissions decisions announced
  • June 10 - August 2: Program runs for 8 weeks (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)


What to Expect

  • Join a Lab: Get matched with a cutting-edge neuroscience lab at Duke University based on your research interests.
  • Hands-on Research: Perform hands-on neuroscience research and gain technical research skills.
  • Mentorship: Receive individualized mentorship from professional scientists who will guide you through your research project.
  • Professional Development: Participate in a series of professional development workshops with local experts.
    • Develop your neuroscience understanding
    • Receive guidance for applying to college
    • Develop scientific communication and presentation skills
    • Explore career options in academia, industry, and medicine
  • Networking: Develop a network of peers and mentors.
  • Present Your Work: Present your research at an end-of-summer poster session for your peers, family, and Duke scientists.
  • Stipend: Receive a stipend and daily lunch.
  • Laptop: Borrow a laptop with specialized software for your lab work.


To hear from previous students who have participated in DUNE, please visit Scholar Stories and DUNE in the News.


If you have any questions, please check the FAQs or contact us.

Contact Information

Tiffany Scotton, DUNE program manager

Email: duneprogram@duke.edu

Phone919 684 3422

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