We encourage students to engage in undergraduate research, and will support Global Culture and Theory students and undergraduates pursuing other majors as well. Undergraduate research is a mentored experience, and you will work closely with a faculty member. More than half of all undergraduates at Duke engage in some form of undergraduate research.


  • LIT 393 Research Independent Study
  • LIT495 Honors Thesis I
  • LIT496 Honors Thesis II

Research Awards & Recognition

The Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize is awarded annually to recognize the best senior honors thesis in literary study each spring. The prize was established in honor of Judge Bascom Headen Palmer's who graduated from Trinity College in 1875 and won the Hesperian Literary Society's Medal of that year. Each year a Global Culture and Theory major is nominated for this prestigious award.

Research Funding

The Edward H. Benenson Awards in the Arts: These awards range from $600 to $4500 with an average award size of $1800 and are granted annually through the generosity of Duke alumnus and trustee Edward H. Benenson. Funds are awarded for fees, equipment, supplies, travel, production and other educational expenses for projects in art, music, drama, dance, creative writing, and film/video proposed by undergraduates and graduating seniors of Trinity College and the School of Engineering. Information regarding application forms and instructions can be found here.

To find funding for undergraduate research, visit Undergraduate Research Support (URS) program