Mission Statement: Our overarching goal is to enrich Duke’s research training experience, graduate curriculum, and professional development environment, empowering Duke students to create an integrated educational experience to develop their full potential as independent scientists, poised to pursue a diversity of careers. Robust collaborations with Duke faculty, administration, students and alumni allow us to keep the Duke graduate experience at the front lines of the rapidly changing fields of biomedical sciences.
Who We Are: The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE), residing in the School of Medicine, unites the individual PhD admitting and degree-granting programs at the Duke University School of Medicine. OBGE is under the direction of administrators who are experienced in the structure and culture of academic research.
What We Do: OBGE coordinates activities that are not specific to individual programs but impact all graduate students associated with the School of Medicine and its interdisciplinary programs. Administrative activities include the First-Year Responsible Conduct in Research Retreat held each fall for new students, and the Third-Year RCR Course required of students at the end of the third- and seventh-years. This third-year event includes career development workshops and ensures that students create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The OBGE also administers several fellowships for biomedical students including the Chancellor’s Scholars Fellowship, which awards fellowships to outstanding international and domestic students, and the Biomedical Graduate Fellowship for underrepresented students. The OBGE also aid in program assessments, preparation of training grant renewals, and implementation of standardized policies across the biomedical doctoral programs. The OBGE also serves as the administrative home for several interdisciplinary biomedical PhD training programs (Cell & Molecular Biology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, and University Program in Genetics & Genomics).