The Huang Fellows Program trains students to understand science in the context of and in service to society. Through their participation in the program, Fellows learn how to integrate ethics, policy, and social implications into their scientific research. This highly selective program fosters a community of accomplished undergraduate scholars who will be trained in the sciences and grounded firmly in the liberal arts–and who will be well prepared to serve as leaders in sciences and the biomedical professions. The program is supported by a grant to the Duke Initiative for Science & Society from Dr. Andrew Huang.
Huang Fellows are required to participate in the program during the summer following their freshman year, unless they are already members of a Duke fellowship program that requires them to be away from Durham during some or all of their freshman summer.
To apply, please fill out the online application along with the following information:
Dr. Andrew Huang, Professor of Medicine at Duke since 1982, has had an abiding interest in the intersection of the humanities with the practice of medicine, which is the most human (and we hope humane) of all the sciences. His life makes vivid the importance of this link in many ways: first of all in his own clinical practice but also in many professional initiatives he has taken. See his bio for more details.
Dr. Huang’s experiences demonstrate that while medicine demands rigorous discipline in science, it should always be personal. Regardless of the insights bestowed by innovative genomic technologies and bioinformatics, caring for patients can never be separated from their personal needs and who they are. Personalized medicine is both compassionate medicine and precisely relevant medicine, hence the impetus for exploring the intersection of professional medical practice with humanities and leadership, as embodied by the emerging Fellows Program.
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