The Lee D. Baker Scholars Program

The Lee D. Baker Scholars Program, sponsored by Humanities Writ Large and the Thompson Writing Program, offers a select group of outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to extend and deepen their Writing 101 work in the form of an enhanced, intensively mentored research and writing project, especially in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences. The Baker Scholars Program provides a rising sophomore with funding for summer research followed by a fall small-group independent study (Writing 293) for the Scholars during which they draft and revise a substantive written project based on their research. Scholars’ writing will be published in a spring special online issue of Deliberations, the TWP’s journal of undergraduate student writing.

Click into the following links for the Lee D. Baker Scholars' Research:

Project Abstracts

2015 Lee D. Baker Scholars Project Abstracts

2016 Lee D. Baker Scholars Project Abstracts

Published Articles

Deliberations Online: Lee D. Baker Scholars' Articles

Interested in applying? Our application cycle is currently closed. Please check back in fall 2016.

(Click here for proposal writing advice, proposal resources, and examples of undergraduate research projects.)


Questions? Contact Dr. Denise K. Comer at 

The Lee D. Baker Scholars Program is named in honor of Dr. Lee D. Baker, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University, for his ongoing support for the cultivation of robust and meaningful undergraduate research and writing. The Lee D. Baker Scholars Program is made possible by a Humanities Writ Large grant

Lee D. Baker Scholars Program Faculty

Denise K. Comer
Thompson Writing Program
Director, Lee D. Baker Scholars Program

Jules Odendahl-James
Academic Advising Center
Humanities Advising Research Connections Coordinator,
Lee D. Baker Scholars Program

Sachelle Ford
Thompson Writing Program
Preceptor, Writing 293,
Lee D. Baker Scholars Program

Kevin R. Casey
Thompson Writing Program
Associate Writing Consultant, Writing 293,
Lee D. Baker Scholars Program

Kelly Goyette
Thompson Writing Program
Editor, Deliberations Special Online Issue, Lee D. Baker Scholars Program