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.

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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.


Students looking at a human brain

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 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: Application opens
  • Late March: Application deadline
  • April: Admissions decisions announced
  • June - early August: program runs for 8 weeks

Contact Information

Tiffany Scotton, DUNE program manager

Email: duneprogram@duke.edu

Phone919 684 3422