Undergraduate Opportunities

The Center offers many ways for Duke students to learn about child and family policy and to hone their research skills through small classes and individualized, policy-relevant research projects.

  • img_4649_smallStudents interested in hands-on research may participate in the Center’s School Research Partnership, which pairs interested students with local school officials and others seeking help with research questions.
  • In our Child Policy Research Certificate program, students explore child and family issues through interdisciplinary study, while working closely with faculty to conduct original research.
  • Students may apply for the Jacqueline A. Morris Fellowship, awarded each fall to a select number of undergraduates engaged in child policy research.
  • The Center offers a changing menu of courses. Click here for current listings.
  • Through an independent study or honors thesis, students can delve more deeply into a topic related to children and families. This opportunity is open to students from any major.
  • Students are also encouraged to attend Center events such as our guest speakers series, which features leading experts in child and family policy.


The Center, the Duke Progratulipdaleresizedm in Education and the Duke Office of Undergraduate Education co-hosted Winter Forum 2014, a special event for Duke undergraduates. At Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge, students competed to draft the best new proposals for improving science and math education in the U.S. and India. Winning student teams donated their prize money to nonprofit organizations of their choosing. Read more here.

Above, students from Tulipdale School in Kolkata, India. Winter Forum winners awarded prize money to Tulipdale and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India.