Graduate Student Groups at Duke:
- BGPSA (Black Graduate & Professional Student Association)
- BioCoRE (Bioscience Collaborative for Research Engagement)
- Bouchet Society Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA)
- Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (CSGD)
- DukeOUT (LGBTQIA+ group for Duke Graduate & Professional Students)
- Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE) oSTEM Chapter (Out in STEM)
- NASA (Native American Student Alliance)
- SACNAS Chapter (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science)
- International students iHouse
- Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). One DSCB student serves as as representative on this council.
- WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)
- Center for Multicultural Affairs
DukeReach: DukeReach directs students, faculty, staff, parents, and others to this resources available to help a student in need, including Housing, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), Student Health, community health providers, the Academic Resource Center, and more.
Harassment & Discrimination The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for implementing and monitoring Duke University's harassment and discrimination policies that ensure and support an environment free of harassment and discrimination. It is important to know the policies and procedures.
- The program funds the first two years of your tuition and stipend. After that you will be supported by your advisor/home department. However, it's a great idea to apply for your own funding as it will help your lab and look great on your CV. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Duke Graduate School - "Find Funding" Resources
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program
- NIH F31
- Duke Student Outreach Grants: The Duke Center for Science Education often provides funding for outreach activities
- Hertz Foundation Fellowships: Open to Biomedical engineers
- Research Funding at Duke: Resource for Funding opportunities Foundation, Society, and Departmental Grants:
Housing and commuting:
- Living in Durham
- Commuting to Campus. There are many options for commuting to campus. Many students take advantage of the numerous places to live near campus and walk or bike. The cycling commute is especially pleasant if you live in the area around Duke's East Campus. To park on campus, you will need a parking permit. The most convenient lot for most students is Circuit. You probably won't get a pass there during your first year, but we highly recommend putting yourself on the waitlist. In the mean time, you can get a pass for one of the remote lots and use the Duke bus system to get to lab and classes. You can also get a carpool pass for some of the more in-demand lots if you group with others. If you live within walking distance, you can still park on campus for free after 5 pm and on the weekends if you request a night pass.
- Dental Office
- Health Insurance
- New Student Information (Immunization, Health Insurance, Health Fee, etc.)
- CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
Campout One of the biggest events on campus for graduate and professional students is Campout. It's a weekend-long party while we wait to get much coveted Duke basketball tickets!
Intramurals Want to indulge your competitive side or get some exercise while getting to know your colleagues? Check out the Duke University Intramural Sports program.
- Training as a basic biomedical scientist offers a wide range of career opportunities after you complete your Ph.D. These include academic positions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, communication organizations and businesses, law and consulting firms, and philanthropic and non-profit organizations. We encourage you to spend time actively developing your career path throughout your time as a graduate student so that at the end of your Ph.D. you find the career that matches your interests and talents. DSCB alumni go on to diverse and successful careers.
- Career Opportunities and Resources at Duke:
- Bass Connections-Explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams
- Graduate Student Career Center- offers programs, resources, and events to assist students with identifying and developing their career pathway. These services include: support, education and certification in teaching; leadership and mentoring skills; networking, interviewing and communication development; skills for academic faculty positions; and individual career advising.
- The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education--Professional Development- a central office for biomedical PhD programs which also offers RCR training, as well as additional mentorship and career training opportunities.
- Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine: The Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine Program is a nine month program that allows graduate students studying basic sciences to interact with clinicians and translational scientists in their field of research. The goal of the program is to enhance the training of graduate students by directly exposing students to clinical problems that can be addressed through basic and translational research.
- Teaching opportunities at Duke: There are ample opportunities for teaching, including certifications in teaching, for students interested in this career path.
- Duke Science Communication & Entrepreneurship. These Initiatives are campus-wide organizations that seek to strengthen the role of science in our society and assist Duke University faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students in developing entrepreneurial skills to develop and translate technology innovations to positively impact society.
- National Career Resources
- Mastering Your Ph.D.: Preparing for Your Post-Ph.D. Career Advice and links to career options post-Ph.D.
- The versatile PhD A career site to help PhDs and graduate students find and thrive in non-academic positions.
- National Postdoctoral Association National organization supporting post-doctoral scholars.
- Academic Job Site The PhD project site to help finding academic jobs.
- PhD jobs A site to help find a wide-range of jobs for PhDs.