Key Benefits to BioCoRE Scholars

One-month stipend to support participation in Early Start

Early Start is an opportunity for first year PhD students who are selected as BioCoRE Scholars. They arrive on campus the month of August, prior to the official start of their PhD program and will be paid a one-month stipend. Early Start kicks off with the BioCoRE Symposium, at the end of July, where the new BioCoRE Scholars are introduced to the scientific community. Then, throughout the month Scholars engage in laboratory research, a graduate level short course, career development sessions and community building activities to facilitate a smooth transition into their PhD program. BioCoRE works closely with all involved PhD programs to make sure we complement orientation and other activities of the programs.

Academic & Career Programming

During the academic year the IDEALS office hosts monthly programming to continue to promote the development of graduate and postdoctoral fellows. This includes monthly workshops, diversity and inclusion coffee chats & journal clubs, as well as coordinated Q&A sessions with outside speakers from diverse backgrounds who are willing to share their journey and discuss what steps are needed to continue diversifying the scientific workforce.

Preliminary Exam Prep Group (PPG)

Prelim Prep Group is one of the ongoing academic programming opportunities open exclusively to BioCoRE Scholars. This group provides those preparing for their preliminary exam a support network of peers also preparing for their exam to exchange questions, suggestions and resources. In addition, more senior graduate students and select faculty volunteers will also be available to help provide guidance and help shape ideas. Scholars will have the opportunity to do a safe, no stakes practice talk among the more senior post-prelim students and faculty, who will provide constructive feedback a few weeks in advance of the scheduled exam.

Peer mentoring pairings plus one-on-one advising with BioCoRE Director

In addition to the support from committed faculty and staff in individual departments and programs, BioCoRE scholars receive additional an support network of peers and mentors through the participation in the program. First year BioCoRE scholars will be paired with a more senior BioCoRE scholar who is available to help navigate Duke, rotations, course work etc. Scholars will also have the opportunity to meet annually with the BioCoRE Director to discuss their experience, reflect on how best to continue moving forward in the program, and get any advice or connected with any additional support or resources they may need.

Enhanced scientific community programming

In addition to their respective PhD programs, by joining BioCoRE our scholars receive an enhanced support network. First year BioCoRE scholars will be paired with a more senior BioCoRE scholar who is available to help navigate Duke, rotations, course work etc. Scholars will also have the opportunity to meet annual with the BioCoRE Director to discuss their experience, reflect on how best to continue moving forward in the program, and get any advice or connected with any additional support or resources they may need.

Annual STEM Diversity and Inclusion Retreat

One scientific community programming activity BioCoRE Scholars can participate in each summer is the STEM Diversity and Inclusion Retreat. This retreat is centered on building an inclusive community of research scholars across the STEM disciplines at Duke. The purpose of the retreat is to step away from research to recharge by engaging in conversations about the graduate experience, receiving encouragement/inspiration from speakers, building relationships/community with peers, and enjoying time away.