NCSSM Durham-Hosted

Summer Research &
Innovation Program

The deadline to apply for the Summer Research & Innovation Program is Monday, November 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM (midnight).
Applications for Summer 2024 open Oct. 26, 2023!

About Durham-Hosted SRIP

NCSSM Durham-hosted Summer Research & Innovation Program (SRIP) is open to all Residential and Online juniors to apply in October-November.  Students accepted to Durham-hosted SRIP will live on campus to work with NCSSM faculty or with volunteer mentors off-campus for full days over 1-7 weeks of the summer while living at NCSSM at no cost.  

Durham Summer Research & Innovation Showcase

The Durham Summer Research & Innovation Program concludes with a presentation opportunity to showcase not only their discoveries from their projects, but also to demonstrate the development and growth that is an integral part of this adventure. The SRIP Showcase compiles all students' submissions of a written abstract and a 3 minute video.

Other communication opportunities may be available/required by SRIP instructors.  All SRIP students are also encouraged to present in various competitions/conferences available throughout the academic year (including for example Science and Engineering Fair, State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium-SNCURCS, and Junior Science and Humanities Symposium-JSHS).

Explore SRIP on Durham's Campus!

Drop-in Virtual Durham-hosted SRIP/Mentorship Fair Oct. 18 4:00-5:00pm
Support Sessions

Zoom link for all sessions

Fun in the Sun: SRIP Activities!

Summer 2024 Programs at NCSSM Durham

All 2024 Durham-hosted Summer programs offer opportunities that are available to Durham & Morganton residential and Online students!

How to do a Startup: An Experience in Entrepreneurship (2 weeks)

This two-week program offers students the opportunity to learn how to do a startup venture under the direction of seasoned entrepreneurs. Through a series of entrepreneur-led workshops, students gain the practical knowledge and insight needed to start and scale a new venture. From value proposition design to building a business model, students explore the dynamics of the startup process in collaboration with entrepreneurs. Along the way, students develop the entrepreneurial mindset as they design their own nascent startup venture proposal. At its core, this summer program in entrepreneurship affords students a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of what it means to build and grow a startup.

Department: Data Science

Contact: Mr. Chad Keister (

Program Dates: June 10 - June 21 (move-in June 9, move-out June 21)

Maximum Positions Available: 11

Student Contact: Sanjana Ram (

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meetings:  Link to Recording of Interest Meeting 

In Person Interest Meetings: Thursday, October 13 and October 20 from 3:05 - 4:00 PM in Hill 19

Mentorship Program (Timelines vary)

The Mentorship program shares an application with SRIP. The Mentorship 1: Summer timeline is available to Morganton residential and Online students. Students that participate in timelines that include a summer component (Mentorship 1: Summer, Mentorship 3: Extended) will participate in SRIP. 

NCSSM Durham-hosted student experiences are primarily within academic research with partners at Duke University, NC Central University, NC State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill and the Mentorship course curriculum is extensively research-focused.  The range of topics and fields of interest widely vary within research (STEM, social sciences and humanities).  Each year a limited number of mentors outside of academia are available such as with RTI International, a local architecture firm, or a local start-up company.

Additional Requirement(s)

The Mentorship Program has additional requirements required for participation and matriculation through the program, visit the Mentorship page below to learn more. 

Department: Mentorship & Research

Contact: Dr. Josh Fuchs (, Dr. Letitia Hubbard (, Dr. Sarah Shoemaker (

Summer Program Dates: June 10 - July 19 (move-in June 9, move-out July 19; with a break from July 1-5)

Maximum Positions Available: Timeline dependent, visit the Durham Mentorship page to learn more.

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meetings:  Link to Recording of Interest Meeting

Summer Research in Engineering (3 weeks)

Students will explore varied research topics in engineering. Students with an interest in biomedical engineering will be given preference and are especially encouraged to apply. Collaborative projects between students and other departments are welcomed and encouraged. The summer program will include a session for three weeks in June during which students work full-time on their projects. Students prepare for the summer program in the spring by choosing a specialty area and completing a research proposal (due in early April) for their project that includes background, a literature review, and a research design section. Students may also engage with researchers from neighboring university campuses. At the conclusion of the program, students will communicate their research results orally and/or in written format.

Additional Requirement(s)

All students must have taken an NCSSM Engineering course or J-term (either residential or online). Students with other experience in engineering and computer science or an interest in biology and/or medicine will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application is selective for students who have taken an NCSSM Engineering or Computer Science class. Preference will be given to students with an interest in biomedical engineering, but all applicants will be considered.

Department: Engineering & Computer Science

Contact: Dr. Letitia Hubbard (

Maximum Positions Available: 8

Program Dates: June 10 - June 28 (move-in June 9, move-out June 28)

Student Contact: Pratham Ingale (

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meetings:  Link to Recording of Interest Meeting 

Summer Research Experience (REX) in Computational Science (3 weeks)

This three-week session will introduce students to the technologies, techniques, and tools of computational science and how to conduct scientific research using a computational approach.  Students will participate in morning and afternoon webinars then complete structured and unstructured labs after each webinar.  Participants will be invited and encouraged to complete a small research paper to be delivered before the beginning of the school year. 

Additional Requirement(s)

Students must have a real computer capable of downloading and installing software.  Chromebooks are not acceptable for this program. 

Department: Science

Contact: Mr. Bob Gotwals (

Program Dates: June 10 - June 28 (move-in June 9, move-out June 28)

Maximum Positions Available: 15

Student Panelist: Manya Bhagat (

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meetings:  Link to Recording of Interest Meeting

Summer Research in the Humanities (3 weeks)

The goal of Summer Research is to introduce students to work inside and outside of archives and other sites of historical knowledge, allowing them to acquire a stronger and more sophisticated sense not only of textual but of material and cultural objects and artifacts. This course is inseparably critical and creative: critical, for it teaches students to interrogate the very notion of an archive, and creative, for the interrogation will lead to their own production of knowledge in the form of a public presentation of their research and a conference paper. In the last ten years or so, the institutional limitations of archives have been valuably identified; however, the recognition that sites of knowledge are constructed does not imply the determination of what can be known. For if it is the work of archivists to identify, catalog and systematize, and protect the objects in their collection, it is not their job to study exhaustively all the contents of their collection. They might emphasize some objects at the expense of others, but they do not prevent the discovery of new meanings in the available items. There is always the possibility for surprise, even delight (or horror) within the site in which documents and other objects are stored.  

The great opportunity, at once theoretical and practical, of the active investigation of the collections at UNC and Duke is to work with documents whose significance is not altogether clear as well as those whose significance seems peculiarly determined—so clear, in other words, that other meanings are obscured or occluded. Our focus upon archival is, however, necessarily grounded in the historical worlds of the local.  In other words, the ground underneath the student’s feet, its deep histories and disruptions, will become the object of our study.  What is the relation between local knowledge and global experience? How do economic and social transformations shape the more intimate, everyday forms of cultural practice and political desire in places seemingly far removed from such forces? 

Trips to the North Carolina Museums of Art, Natural History, and Science, and excursions to historical sites such as Stagville Plantation, Hayti, and to renovated and ruined factories in and around Durham, will offer further practice in the difficult pleasures of reading diverse objects (including architecture) in their relation to built space. Evenings will be spent reading, in preparation for the day’s adventures.  What will advene, however, cannot be foretold.

Additional Requirement(s)

A willingness to participate critically and creatively in your own education.

Department: Humanities

Contact(s): Dr. David Cantrell (, Dr. Tatiana McInnis (

Program Dates: June 10 - June 28 (move-in June 9, move-out June 28)

Maximum Positions Available: 32

Student Contact: Ayanna Sharma (

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meeting: Zoom Link

In-Person Interest Meeting: Thursday, October 19 at 4:00-5:00 PM in Beall 3

Summer Research in Mathematics (3 weeks)

This summer program is a three-week on-campus research program in mathematics. Students will form small groups to investigate a mathematical problem and communicate their findings to others. Daily activities will include whole group meetings, small group meetings, and individual work time. Students will also communicate their findings with the whole group on the last day of the program.

Additional Requirement(s)

Selected students must have demonstrated both an excellence in mathematics and an interest in collaborative math research.

Department: Mathematics

Contact: Dr. Michael Lavigne (

Program Dates: June 10 - June 28 (move-in June 9, move-out June 28)

Maximum Positions Available: 15

Student Contact: Finn Leahy (

Drop-in Virtual Interest Meetings:  Zoom Link