Duke Clinical Research Undergraduate Experience (dCRUE)

The Duke Clinical Research Undergraduate Experience (dCRUE) is a career exploration program intended to expose undergraduate students to clinical research and to begin training the next generation of clinical researchers. The program consists of two components: a weekly dinner series with nationally renowned medical faculty, and shadowing rotations in the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit and Duke University Medical Center.

Every semester, a small number of participants are selected to shadow investigators in the clinic. During this time, they may review clinical study protocols with members of the research team and come to understand the challenges associated with all phases of clinical research. Students may also learn how to identify qualified research subjects, manage strict timelines as outlined in protocols, complete case report forms, and properly collect clinical research data. 

The Tuesday evening lecture series features experts in the field, who offer insights about the science and process behind clinical research. These sessions also allow opportunities for networking with investigators in a small group setting. To date, the lecture series has hosted over 40 presenters, including noteworthy researchers such as Robert Califf, Julie A. Sosa, Alexander Limkakeng, Jr., Svati Shah, Kenneth Lyles, Erich Huang, and Kimberly Johnson. 

The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

It is sponsored by Duke CTSI and the Duke Undergraduate Research Society (DURS). Application inquiry for the program should be directed to DURS.

View the Spring 2019 speaker schedule here

Questions about the program?

Contact: Azim Dharani
dCRUE / DURS Program Representative

Interested in becoming a speaker or mentor for dCRUE? 

Contact the program director Vivian Chu or program coordinator Terri Taylor for details. 

This program is sponsored, in part, by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, NIH Award number UL1TR002553.