BIGGER: The Bridging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research Program

Please contact Terri Taylor ( with any questions or concerns.

The BrIdging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research Program (“BIGGER” program) provides a high-quality research experience over a 6-month period for students in their gap year, defined as the period after college graduation and prior to applying for or enrollment in graduate/professional school. The program is designed to attract diverse, talented students to careers in science; to foster a better understanding of clinical research and its implications; and to provide opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience in preparation for a health professions career. The proposed immersion program will expand and complement existing NIH-sponsored training programs at Duke University and under the leadership of the co-PIs, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Vivian Chu.

BIGGER Zoom call - Taylor Mitchell, Logan Long, Lisa Kim, Kyra Potter, Gabriel Blanco, Kaila Moore

Who is the BIGGER Program for?

Students who have recently finished an undergraduate degree who are taking a gap year prior to applying for or enrolling in a graduate/health professions school.

A total of six students will be chosen each year.

Since this program is funded by the National Institute of Health, only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-citizen nationals are eligible.

   Meet the BIGGER Participants   



Program Highlights

  • 6-month research experience beginning in June (repeats annually)
  • Recruitment of individuals from underrepresented groups from area universities
  • Trainee development of a research project in cardiovascular medicine
  • Didactic curriculum on clinical research methodology
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Career development sessions led by faculty mentors
  • Observational clinical rotation to enhance educational experience
  • Each trainee will work with a senior and junior faculty mentor
  • Participants will receive a stipend

   Duke's BIGGER Participants: Where Are They Now?   

Program Application and Dates

The 2021 BIGGER program will run June through December 2021. 

Please contact Terri Taylor ( with any questions or concerns.