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Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program

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. The Duke SROP is geared toward students who are seriously considering joining a Ph.D. graduate program after completing their undergraduate degree.


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.

In addition to laboratory research, the program features a weekly research seminar and social hour, a workshop about how to successfully apply to graduate school, and a closing symposium where the students present their results in a poster session.

Students receive an on-campus apartment, travel assistance, a food allowance, and a competitive stipend.

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