The David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program is designed to attract and support first-generation, low-income students financially, academically, personally, and professionally. It was named after David M. Rubenstein, the philanthropist and Duke alumnus who was the first member of his family to attend college.
Pei Yi Zhuo and Research at Duke
I had the opportunity to work on a project that provides a descriptive account of racial home value inequality in Durham, NC. This project started when I was a participant in Data+, and I continued to work on it as a research assistant at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity. I contributed to my team's finding (using census data) of a $94,625 home value appreciation gap between black and white areas of the city. We were also able to present preliminary results of our research to the mayor of Durham, NC, members of the City Council as well as members of the County Board of Commissioners.