News Archive for Undergrad Student

November 03, 2011

Barros Backs New Scholarships for International Students

Durham, NC - Without Duke's new scholarship program for international students, Laxmi Rajak says, "I would probably have been washing clothes at other people's houses like my mother does because she could never have afforded my further education." Rajak, a first-year student from Nepal, calls her [...]

August 23, 2011

Novel Approach Tests Mother-to-Newborn HIV Spread Prevention

Americans by the millions rip open ketchup packets for their French Fries without even thinking twice about it. This simple act, however, could in the near future be a life-saver for a baby born in Africa of a mother infected with HIV, especially if the pouch is filled with anti-retroviral [...]

June 29, 2011

New Smartphone App Automatically Tags Photos

DURHAM, N.C. -- So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself – a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. Dubbed [...]

June 17, 2011

Precision Photonics Internship

This past summer I worked for Precision Photonics, a relatively small laser optics company in my hometown of Boulder, CO. Its primary business is manufacturing optical components for laser applications in the telecom, defense, and R&D industries, to name a few. While I performed a wide variety [...]

June 16, 2011

Torque, Tension, Turns

Balancing on the balls of her feet, her arms in a wide circle, senior Katrina Wisdom begins a ballet move called an attitude. She raises one leg, slightly bent, to ninety degrees without a wobble, to show how ballerinas intuitively feel physics. The dancers don't often know the mathematical [...]

March 29, 2011

To Dig, or Not to Dig?

The Rev. Paul Gerritson, pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, faced a troubling dilemma. The church has been located on the same plot of rural Orange County land for more 100 years. Since then, more than 400 church members had been buried in the cemetery behind the church. Over time, many of [...]

March 24, 2011

New Student Shop Open for Business

Engineers have always been known to conceptualize, design and build things. Now, the final part of that process has become is more convenient. After being located in several locations over the past few years, Pratt’s student shop is now closer to the engineering quad, and bigger and better than [...]

February 22, 2011

Pratt Students Honored for Work in Community

Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in [...]

December 03, 2010

Speidel One of Three Duke Seniors to Win Marshall Scholarships

DURHAM, N.C. -- Engineering student Alessondra ( is one of three Duke University seniors to win a Marshall Scholarship to continue in their respective fields of study after graduation. Biology major Nick Altemose and english major Katherine Buse were the other winners. Established in 1953 to [...]

November 22, 2010

Duke Engineer Receives Rhodes Scholarship

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior Jared Dunnmon of Cincinnati was among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Dunnmon, an A.B. Duke Scholar and past recipient of Goldwater Scholarships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, was chosen from among 837 [...]