About Us/Contact

MUSER is the Matching Undergraduates to Science and Engineering Research program at Duke University. We recently expanded the previous CUBR program beyond biology and renamed it MUSER to reflect the broader audience.

Duke's MUSER program creates a framework for linking undergraduates and research laboratories in the basic sciences, mathematics, biomedical sciences and engineering at Duke. Our goal is to offer a straightforward mechanism for students to learn about research opportunities and for researchers to learn about great Duke undergraduates. In addition, we hope to alleviate the otherwise mystifying process of contacting faculty and figuring out which labs have undergraduate opportunities.


For specific questions or concerns, contact DukeMUSER@gmail.com.

The People Behind MUSER

Nyote Calixte

Dr. Nyote J. Calixte serves as Director of Academic Engagement for the Natural and Quantitative Sciences at Duke University. As a Sciences advisor, she seeks to help students integrate curricular and co-curricular interests to a myriad of opportunities for personal, academic, and professional advancement in STEM. Through the integration goals, interests and engagement Dr. Calixte supports and facilitates the connection of students to faculty, research, mentorship, and internships within and beyond the Duke scientific community. Dr. Calixte holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University. She is an educator with six years of demonstrated expertise in teaching and mentoring pedagogy, commensurate with two excellence-in-teaching awards. She possesses a variety of global, academic and industrial experiences, including internships with Procter and Gamble and 3M, which influence her approach to successfully advise and engage students in the sciences. Dr. Calixte’s passion for teaching, mentorship, and outreach equip her to serve as a steadfast proponent for STEM endeavors. As Director of Academic Engagement for the Natural and Quantitative Sciences, she aims to impact Duke student’s self- efficacy and motivation towards paths in the sciences through effective mentoring and high-impact advising.

Sheila Patek

Sheila Patek is a professor in the Biology Department at Duke. After her own travails finding a research position as an undergraduate, she was inspired by UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) to create a new, web-based system to “level the playing field” for undergraduates interested in doing research. She started developing the Drupal-based program while at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then developed a new version for Duke. Many, many people have helped develop this program along the way, both at UMass (especially Mike Selden and Steve Brewer) and at Duke (especially Qian Wang, Kyle Skrinak, and John Herr). The National Science Foundation, via Patek’s NSF CAREER Award, has helped fund the development of these programs.

Justine Rutter

Justine Rutter is a biology major at Duke and is the undergraduate representative for MUSER. She is currently involved in research in the cancer biology department where she investigates the genomic landscape of drug sensitivity in acute myeloid leukemia. She found her research experience transformative and seeks to aid other undergraduates delve into the exciting fields of academic science. As part of MUSER, she works to bridge partnerships with other Duke undergraduate groups and to increase interest in the research program.