Course Overview

The Duke Accelerated STEM Academy challenges you with an enriching, action-packed course. This one-week program will immerse you in the fast-paced world of research by combining the following elements:

  • Labs designed to give you firsthand experience as a researcher.
  • Tours of Duke University’s leading-edge research facilities.
  • Engaging lectures by Duke’s world-renowned faculty members.
  • Academic workshops designed to lay the foundation for collegiate success.

See below for a sample schedule of what this course may entail and a description of the research facilities you may visit:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 - 10:00 AM Academic Orientation Lab Lab Morehead Planetarium Augmentality Labs
10:00 - 11:30 AM Campus Tour and Club Fair
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Faculty Lecture Faculty Lecture Faculty Lecture Academic Workshop Faculty Lecture
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 PM SMIF DiVE Mathematics Workshop Lemur Center Academic Workshop
4:00 - 5:00 PM Clubs* Clubs* Clubs* Clubs* Departure
5:30 - 6:00 PM Residential Activities and Dinner Residential Activities and Dinner Residential Activities and Dinner Residential Activities and Dinner
6:00 - 7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 PM Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities

* Please note that this schedule is an example of what a typical day looks like.  Schedules vary from group to group, and each group will visit a different set of research facilities.  You will also choose clubs, residential activities, and evening activities in which you will participate. Examples of these include the following:

Clubs: Hiking, Photography, Team Sports, and Drama

Residential Activities: Visiting the Nasher Museum of Art, Downtown Durham, and Durham’s Ninth Street

Evening Activities: Karaoke, Dances, Casino Nights, and a Film Series

Augmentality Labs

Durham’s Augmentality Labs boasts 12 virtual reality stations featuring the HTC Vive system.  Ten of these stations are roughly 8’X8’ of walkable space.  The other two are racing simulators with a wheel, pedals, and a racing seat.  Augmentality labs is both a testament to the strides made in virtual reality and a case-study in successful technology entrepreneurism.

Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology

The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) is a collaboration of researchers that explores a vast array of nanomaterials and their biological, ecological, and environmental impacts. Founded in 2008 and headquartered at Duke University, CEINT continues to perform foundational research on the relationship between nano-scale materials and the environment.

Duke immersive Virtual Environment

The Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) came on-line in 2006, representing the fourth 6-sided CAVE-like system in the United States. The DiVE is a 3m x 3m x 3m stereoscopic rear projected room with head and hand tracking and real time computer graphics. All six surfaces – the four walls, the ceiling and the floor – are used as screens onto which computer graphics are displayed. The DiVE offers a fully immersive experience to the user, who literally walks into the virtual world. The user is surrounded by the display and can interact with virtual objects. Stereo glasses provide depth perception, and a handheld “wand” controls navigation and virtual object manipulation.

Duke Campus Farm

Duke Campus Farm was founded in 2010 as a student program and has grown into a thriving farm producing thousands of pounds of produce annually. As a living laboratory that is utilized by many of Duke’s departments, it is tasked with catalyzing positive change in the ways we grow, eat, and think about food.

Duke Cancer Institute

Duke Cancer Institute is a highly innovative and collaborative integrated care facility where patients are receiving top care as they undergo cancer treatment. The Institute does ground-breaking research on how to cure and treat all types of cancers and offers patients the opportunity to engage in these treatments by entering in more than 1,000 clinical studies.

Hyperbaric Lab

The Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology is the Southeast’s regional referral center for Hyperbaric Medicine. It is a multi-place, critical care-oriented, hyperbaric facility available 24 hours a day. The center faculty is comprised of the physicians and staff of Duke Dive Medicine, a medical practice specializing in the physiology of human exposure to extreme environments. The facility is internationally recognized for its research in the areas of carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, oxygen toxicity, and the adverse effects of radiation, and is the advisory center for DiveAssure.

Innovation Co-Lab

The Innovation Co-Lab is a creativity incubator, focused on exploring how new and emerging technologies can fundamentally reshape the research, academic, and service missions of the university. The philosophy behind the Innovation Studio is to have a one-stop shop for anyone, regardless of skill and experience, to come in and be able to make a product through an iterative design process. The studio has all the equipment needed to create all kinds of products and designs, including 3D printing and laser cutting.

Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center is the largest sanctuary for prosimian primates in the world, housing over 250 individuals across 21 species. As a living laboratory, it is tasked with advancing science, scholarship, and biological conservation through its interdisciplinary research and promoting a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.

Life Flight

The mission of Duke Life Flight is to provide the highest level of care to patients, families, and communities served by Duke Health through the integration of clinical care, education, and industry leading safety standards in air and ground transport. Duke Life Flight supports Duke Health by delivering specialized care, while facilitating transport for admission; sponsors emergent and critical care educational programs in the referring community; undergirds research efforts around improving patient outcome; and delivers high quality, innovative care.

Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium is located on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States.  It was used to train astronauts in celestial navigation the Gemini and Apollo programs including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.  Today, Morehead Planetarium boasts a state-of-the-art fulldome digital video projection system, the largest in the southeast, proving super-high-definition image resolution, 5.1 surround sound, and a truly immersive experience.

Smart Home

The Duke Smart Home Program operates and manages The Home Depot Smart Home as an evolving resource for shaping ideas about sustainable, energy-efficient, and smart living. The program’s goal is to offer a research and education program that seeks to enhance and encourage sustainable and energy-efficient practices.

Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility

The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) is the Pratt School of Engineering’s core facility that enables materials, devices, and integrated systems research at Duke University in a variety of fields that include nanotechnology, biomaterials and biomedical engineering, information sciences, opto-electronics, sensor technology, and renewable energy. The facility consists of 7,000 square feet of clean room fabrication space, and nearly 3,000 square feet of specialized laboratory space for characterization and imaging equipment.

Viventi Lab

The Viventi Lab develops usable devices that are stable, repeatable, and easy to build that can then be shared with researchers to accelerate neuroscientific research and to treat neurological diseases such as epilepsy. This research focuses upon creating flexible electronics to interface with the brain.