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RIPP (Research in Practice Program) focuses on research projects where business, nonprofits and scholarship can most effectively intersect for outcome-oriented solutions. RIPP takes an interdisciplinary approach, working across the university and throughout the area’s business and research communities to provide academically rigorous, collaborative projects that build on the students’ experiences in and out of the classroom.
Student projects have included the development of a technical repair manual for repairing medical equipment in the third world (now being piloted in Africa by the Centers for Disease Control), development of a business plan for funding orphan disease research (now being implemented through the Chordoma Foundation), development of a credit scoring mechanism for business lending in a local nonprofit community bank, development of a policy proposal for assisting young adults in the transition from Foster Care Durham to independent living and development of a website that focuses on the impact of the internet on communication, democracy and censorship (www.capturechange.org), to name a few.
The RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows program will sponsor up to 6 students per summer for a follow-up “Engage” experience that will build on some aspect of the of their previous DukeEngage project. Participants can return to the original site and community partner or propose to work with an agency in a different location addressing the same civic issue. As with RIPP, RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows will collaborate with faculty on projects that help find economically feasible, implementable solutions to real-world problems. Preceding, proceeding or while doing this they earn an independent study (IS) or regular course credit for their efforts.
Additional eligibility and Information:
RIPP-Engage Fellows will be awarded stipends of up to $3000 per student. The stipend is intended to support travel, living and miscellaneous expenses over the summer. RIPP-Engage Fellows will be responsible for arranging their travel, immunizations, insurance and other expenses with this fellowship.
2016-2017 RIPP-ENGAGE SUMMER FELLOW TIMELINE: