Teaching and learning

Alumni Spotlight: Cassidee Kido '17

While pursuing her degree in electrical and computer engineering at Duke, Cassidee Kido participated on three Bass Connections teams that helped fuel her passion for energy and the environment. Now a project manager at Energy Solutions, she reflects on the ways her project teams honed her skills and inspired her current work.

"Research and collaboration through an interdisciplinary lens are really valuable in the work I do today. I learned to think critically in a research capacity, which helped me become a better problem solver."

Going Big: A Cross-Continental Global Health Project Aims for Systemic Change

In 2022-2023, a Bass Connections team is working to address the shortages of labor, funds and infrastructure in neurosurgical settings around the world. Using the World Health Organization’s health system building blocks - from research and technology to service delivery - team members are assessing the big-picture challenges facing these countries’ overloaded neurosurgeons.

“We are a new team ... but we have high hopes to impact not just the individuals in one country, but the systems in multiple countries.” 

Alumni Spotlight: Kaylin Tsukayama '15

As a junior undergraduate, Kaylin Tsukayama - like many college students - wasn’t sure what direction she wanted to take in her career. She was a neuroscience major and had already spent nearly three years studying the subject and working in labs; yet, she was starting to question whether she wanted to continue in a natural science field.

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