Exploring the Impact of Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Research Through Bass Connections

In 2013, the first Bass Connections research teams embarked on ambitious projects to tackle real-world challenges ranging from gender inequality in STEM education to children’s mental health to climate policy in the U.S. to rural poverty. Since then, the program has supported nearly 500 interdisciplinary teams and brought together more than 4,000 faculty, students and staff to conduct cutting-edge research spanning dozens of disciplinary fields and world regions.

The program’s innovative model and wide-ranging impacts were featured on Methodspace, an online research community focused on sharing groundbreaking research methods and programs. Highlighting the ways in which Bass Connections has enabled research that “crosses boundaries,” this series of essays, interviews and testimonials from faculty, staff and students associated with the program demonstrates the exciting array of outcomes produced by the program across its first nine years, including shaping student trajectories, opening new avenues for faculty research and enabling deeper partnerships in the community.

Check out some highlights and explore the full series.