Duke-Davidson Immunology Partnership

The Duke-Davidson Immunology Partnership was established in 2009 by Sophia Sarafova, Ph.D., who is an associate professor in the Davidson Biology Department and an adjunct associate professor at Duke Immunology Department. This program aims to provide Davidson students with an exposure to the subject of immunology from academic and research perspectives, while allowing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Duke an opportunity to hone their teaching and mentoring skills. Typically interested Davidson students would take the Immunology Class (Bio 307) and Seminar on Case Studies in Immune System Dysfunction (Bio 364) in their junior year. Then they will be able to apply for the Duke-Davidson Immunology Summer Program, a ten-week intensive research program at Duke.

Independent research in Immunology and Genetics is also available with Prof. Sarafova (Bio371/2) and can be started at any time. All interested students also have the opportunity to accompany Prof. Sarafova to the Duke Immunology Department invited speaker series two or three times during the semester. Duke graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level at Davidson for up to a week as guest lecturers in Prof. Sarafova's classes.

The Duke-Davidson Immunology Summer Program

Duration: 10 weeks, usually end of May through the first week of August
Prerequisites: rising juniors and seniors who have taken Bio307, or Bio364, or Bio371/2 with Dr. Sarafova

The program offers:

  • Research training and complete immersion in lab culture at a laboratory involved in cutting edge immunology research at Duke
  • Participation in a weekly research seminar and social hour with undergraduate fellows from other summer research programs at Duke
  • Poster presentation at a closing symposium in which all summer research fellows will present their results
  • Field trips to Triangle area biotechnology firms

Funding: The successful candidate is required to apply for NCBC Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship, which includes

  • A $4500 stipend
  • A $500 travel award

Lab supply funds are provided by the Duke lab. Housing money is available through Davidson College. Look for a more detailed announcement in the Bio newsletter in late October.

The application deadline for the summer of 2014 is November 8.