27 Feb 2018 Young Scholars Summer Research Institute Capstone Conference
On Monday, July 30, 2018, student participants of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity’s Young Scholars Summer Research Institute presented their research before institute peers, university scholars, and Durham community members at the Nasher Museum of Art. Esteemed guests included keynote speaker Mrs. Billye S. Aaron of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation and members of the Cook family including Mrs. Sylvia Cook, Mr. Samuel DuBois Cook Jr. and his two children.
The Young Scholars Summer Research Institute is sponsored by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University in partnership with Durham Public Schools (DPS) in Durham, North Carolina. It is a three-week program that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in DPS with training to enhance their writing, research and presentation skills. In keeping with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center’s central mission as a community of scholars engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality, program participants will be exposed to curriculum related to the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of inequality.
During the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, students receive instruction from distinguished middle and high-school teachers, university professors, and leaders from community organizations. The program’s main focus is on the development of the students’ research, writing, presentation and critical-inquiry skills, culminating in a capstone presentation of the student’s research topic and findings before institute peers, university scholars, and Durham community members.