We know how hard it can be to convey your personality given only a set of standard questions, so we tried to make them sufficiently open-ended for you to control how you tell your own story. A good application tells us about your character and interest in science. For the writing section, please note: don't feel pressured to write an amazing scholarly essay unless that is your personal style. Focus on telling us who you are and what excites you both in general and about science! We wish you good luck and are looking forward to getting to know you better!

For Applicants

Please note, as you complete your application, you may find it useful to include the following items:

  • list of math and science courses you've completed or are taking
  • honors & awards you've received
  • extracurricular activities you participate(d) in
  • a 150 word or less description of favorite class and why
  • contact information for two recommenders who will complete your letters for recommendation
  • responses to the following questions, at least one of which is a minimum of 250-words:
    • What is your greatest strength?
    • What is a science question you are excited to answer?
    • Tell us about a lab at Duke that excites you and why.
    • What do you hope to get out of this program?

Should you have questions or need clarity on the application, please email duneprogram@duke.edu.

For Recommenders

Applicants are required to provide two references supporting their application. These references can come from teachers, counselors, sponsors or other community leaders who can speak to their interest in science and how they would benefit from this program as a future scientist.

It is suggested applicants ask their references for support at least 2 weeks before the application deadline of March 1, 2024. Applicants will list contact information for their references on their application.