The Duke University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated undergraduate students hands-on experience in graduate-level biomedical research. We welcome applicants from around the United States who are seriously considering joining a Ph.D. graduate program after completing their undergraduate degree. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

On Pause in 2022

March 3, 2022: Because of time and logistical challenges caused by COVID, the Duke SROP directors have made the difficult decision to cancel the program for summer 2022. We will be reaching out to our applicants to inform them individually. Please check back in late 2022 for updates about the summer 2023 SROP.

The Duke SROP emphasizes direct laboratory experience. Students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques in the laboratory, attending lab meetings, interacting with members of other labs, and otherwise conducting themselves just as if they were in graduate school. Each student is mentored by a faculty mentor, solving real research problems in an active, modern biomedical research laboratory. (See our PBS NewsHour profile)

In addition to laboratory research, the program features:

  • Weekly research seminars and roundtable discussions
  • Academic and career-planning workshops
  • GRE preparation
  • Mock interviews for graduate school
  • Weekly social activities, including dinner outings, movies, games, and shopping
  • Closing symposia where the students present their research in oral presentations and a poster session

Students receive shared on-campus apartment accommodation, travel assistance, and a competitive stipend.