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Evelyn F. Murphy Named Recipient of 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Evelyn F. Murphy, the first woman to hold constitutional office in Massachusetts, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Duke Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She will be honored at a dinner on May 9 and during The Graduate School’s hooding ceremony on May 10. Murphy holds a BA in mathematics and a PhD in economics from Duke, as well as an MA in economics from Columbia.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week, March 24-28, 2014
The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) sponsors a nationally recognized student appreciation week each spring. As part of this effort to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by Duke graduate students to this institution, the Graduate School has organized a week of activities. The goal for this week is to show appreciation by giving students access to tools for professional and personal development and opportunities for social interaction.

Graduate School Newsletter is online

The winter Graduate School Newsletter is available online at Check out the new Professional Development opportunities for graduate students, see the benefits of the restructured Bass Fellowships, and more!

New Professional Development Series
Registration is now open for events in the Spring 2014 Professional Development Series. You can find these and other professional development opportunities on the Graduate School Professional Development Calendar.

Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education for departments and programs. The Graduate School is committed to excellence, equity and inclusion in its graduate programs and to creating a welcoming environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of its students.  Inclusive excellence in graduate programs means not only demographics, but is also reflected in the departmental and program climate, curriculum, intellectual discourse and recruitment, retention and graduation of individuals underrepresented in the discipline, field or area.  The Graduate School seeks to acknowledge extraordinary achievements by departments and programs that contribute to this environment of inclusive excellence in graduate education. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2013. For complete information and the nomination form, visit the award webpage.

From the Dean

Duke is an energetic and vibrant university at the forefront of graduate education. Graduate students are an integral part of its research, teaching, and service missions. The hallmark of graduate education at Duke is a rich blend of deep, specialized knowledge in a field of study combined with opportunities for significant exposure to intersections at the boundaries and frontiers of other fields, where multidisciplinary approaches are key to discovery...Read more from the Dean


The Graduate School Welcomes Sondra Ponzi

Sondra Ponzi has recently joined the Graduate Student Affairs team in the Graduate School as Senior Program Coordinator for Student Development. Sondra is responsible for the daily coordination of services and programs that support graduate students, such as the Child Care Subsidy. She is also the point person for student group funding initiatives and guidance. Key components of her position consist of program planning and event management to implement The Graduate Schools signature events, such as the orientation for new students, the commencement activities for the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony, and the Appreciation Week Activities for students. more >

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