Student Opportunities

DUCIGS Graduate Working Groups

The Duke India Initiaitve (DII) is pleased to support DUCIGS Graduate Working Groups.  The DII intends to fund student-driven graduate working groups interested in working on themes related to India that are interdisciplinary in membership and student-driven in their design.
Meetings are held roughly four times each semester, during which graduate students are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on global issues. This is also a great opportunity for students to receive feedback from a variety of academic disciplines on their own research. DII provides funding for expenses related to meetings – including food, group readings and audio-visual materials. Working groups may have the opportunity to apply for additional support for special projects and events during the academic year, including publications, workshops, symposia, and mini-conferences.

For 2017 - 2018, the Duke India Initiative is proud to co-sponsor the following group:

Entrepreneurship and Preventive Medicine in Global Health
Contact: Akshit Budhraja /
The development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems can often be subjective and biased, as evidenced by Microsoft's Tay Twitterbot, which had to be shut down in just 16 hours after it learned to be racist. With AI's increasing application in safety-critical systems such as medical devices, driverless cars, and even in smart homes, it is imperative that we find a way to communicate when and where an AI-enabled system is biased and/or could fail, so that we are able to develop resilient systems instead of brittle ones. The purpose of this working group is primarily to connect the graduate students working across medicine, engineering, business, law, policy, and the social sciences in the field of artificial intelligence. The group will be focusing on related themes such as 1) Explaining explainability, 2) Machine-learning algorithms, and 3) Visualizing explanations for experts vs. novices.

Community Participation & Social Networks in India
 Mudit Kumar Singh /
The goal of our working group is to apply various scholarly approaches on field survey data from Indian villages to study the role of social networks in community participation. With support from Duke-India Initiative and the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC), the group will work with graduate and undergraduate students from Political Science, Computer Science and Sociology to study deciding factors and patterns of community participation (collective action) in accessing government-run health scheme across the village communities in northern India.

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