In addition to a rigorous curriculum, the Duke University Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute features opportunities for co-curricular and social activities in Durham, the larger Research Triangle community, and the state of North Carolina. In addition to informal and formal gatherings with faculty and clinicians, Institute Scholars will enjoy living in Durham, NC during the summer. There are numerous outdoor activities, festivals, sports, and recreational opportunities to enjoy in the city. The campus cultural life is lively, as well. During the months of June and July Duke is home to the American Dance Festival, and the Duke University Summer Festival of the arts brings nationally known artists to campus. Duke’s close proximity to three other major educational institutions ensures the ready availability of co-curricular and social activities. And, the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and sandy beaches of North Carolina are only a few hours away.