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2011-2012 Archive

Graduate School Orientation for New Students: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Graduate School will host an orientation session for new students on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. For details, and to see all of the Graduate School's orientation week events, please visit

HigherEd's interview with Assistant Dean Douglas James about "Best Practices in Graduate Education"
You can read HigherEd's Jobs interview with the Graduate School's Assistant Dean Douglas James about "Best Practices in Graduate Education" at

Paula D. McClain Appointed Dean of Graduate School
Paula D. McClain, a professor of political science and former chair of Duke University's Academic Council, will become the dean of the university's Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education, effective July 1, Duke's president and provost announced Tuesday. Please see full story on Duke Today.

2012 Commencement weekend and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony
Duke University’s 2012 Commencement  weekend is Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13. For details about Commencement, visit The Graduate School's Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony & Reception is Friday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center. (This is a ticketed event.) For information on the Hooding Ceremony & Reception, visit

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Continuing Student Fellows
The Graduate School extends congratulations to the following outstanding nominees, to whom 2012-2013 Continuing Student Fellowships have been awarded. We thank all participating graduate departments for their leadership, and recognize these exceptional students for their receipt of such prestigious awards.

March 2012 Graduate School Newsletter
Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching and Celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week: March 26-30 stories in the March 2012 Graduate School Newsletter, now available online.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week, March 26-March 30, 2012
The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) sponsors a nationally recognized student appreciation week. 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.

Colleagues Honor Jo Rae Wright
Jo Rae Wright was remembered as an extraordinary colleague, friend, researcher and administrator during a memorial service in Duke Chapel.

Memorial Service for Jo Rae Wright Set for March 12
A public memorial service to celebrate the life of former Duke Graduate School Dean Jo Rae Wright will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, in Duke Chapel.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshops

Duke Ph.D. students and postdocs: the Spring 2012 RCR Forum schedule has been posted here.  You can register for the forums on the Graduate School Calendar.

2012 Dean’s Awards for Excellence

2012 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring: The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching. Award recipients will be honored at a reception in March 2012.

Duke Flags Lowered: Mentor, Scholar and Administrator Jo Rae Wright Dies

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Jo Rae Wright, former Dean of the Graduate School. The Duke community and graduate educators beyond Duke shared the excitement of her visionary and energetic leadership of the Duke Graduate School. We mourn her passing, not only because she was a prescient and persuasive administrative leader of the Graduate School and an increasingly respected voice for graduate education nationally, but also because she was a warm, open, and caring human being. Duke will be honoring her appropriately in the coming days.

Please visit the ATS website (American Thoracic Society, where Jo Rae was past president ) to read their tribute to Jo Rae; also see the posting in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and listen to the (State of Things with Frank Stasio) interview with Provost Lange and Vice Dean for Research Kornbluth.

Duke University establishes two fellowships to honor Jo Rae Wright
Duke University has established two fellowships to honor Jo Rae Wright, who stepped down in October after serving more than five years as dean of the university's graduate school.

The Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science will annually recognize one Ph.D. student in the biomedical sciences and one in the natural sciences whose research shows particular creativity and promise. The graduate school will select the recipients, beginning with the next academic year.

December 2011 Graduate School Newsletter
Is There a Postdoc in Your Future, FLAS Fellowships Enrich Academic Programs and Student Snapshots stories in the December 2011 Graduate School Newsletter, now available online.

Applications accepted for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
Applications are now being accepted for the 16th Annual Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), which each year brings to Duke a select group of undergraduate students who are seriously considering Ph.D. study in the sciences. This intensive 10-week summer research program emphasizes direct laboratory experience, and is designed to give undergraduate students from underrepresented groups hands-on practice in graduate-level biomedical research. For more information and to apply, please visit the SROP page.

Jo Rae Wright Stepping Down as Graduate School Dean
We are sad to report that Professor Jo Rae Wright will be stepping down as Dean of the Graduate School.  We are losing a dynamic and visionary leader who has garnered the respect of students, faculty, and staff, and has shaped a school where the lives of students truly matter. During her tenure, Dean Wright has been intentional and focused in establishing initiatives that encourage students to become more visible and active in shaping their own graduate careers at Duke. Dean Wright’s work and leadership will be continued by Senior Associate Dean David Bell, who has been appointed interim dean. See related stories in Duke Today and the Chronicle.

Competitive Fellowships for Continuing Students are now available
Applications for Graduate School Competitive Fellowships for Continuing Students for 2012-2013 are now available.  Please visit this web page for more information on specific fellowships, submission requirements and application materials. Students wishing to apply for one of these fellowships must submit their application materials to their department’s Director of Graduate Study, who will forward all nominations to the Graduate School. Applications sent directly to the Graduate School by students will not be accepted. Deadline to submit all nominations to the Graduate School is 5 p.m., October 28, 2011. Note that your department may have an earlier deadline. Questions regarding the fellowships may be addressed to

Fall 2011 RCR Forum series schedule for Ph.D. students
Ph.D. students should review the Fall 2011 RCR Forum series. To pre-register for any Forum, follow the links posted HERE. Note that the Spring 2012 RCR Forum Series will offer 8-10 events and have a more diverse schedule.

Teaching IDEAS and Academic Career Search Workshops
The Teaching IDEAS Workshops and Academic Career Search Workshops are listed HERE on the Graduate School’s new Calendar of Events. Preregister and add these events to your Google Calendar!

September 2011 Graduate School Newsletter
See stories on the New Certificate In College Teaching, Summer Research Snapshots and Student Appreciation Week Participation Pays off in the September 2011 Graduate School Newsletter, now available online.

DAAD Scholarships and Grants for Academic Year 2012-13
Duke University serves as a Partner University with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) in screening applications for Research Grants and Scholarships for study in Germany.  The DAAD Review Committee is currently accepting applications for academic year 2012-2013.  Please review the announcement  and the DAAD website for detailed information regarding these and other DAAD awards and opportunities.  Note that the University deadline for submission of applications for Research Grants and Study Scholarships to the Duke DAAD Review Committee is 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.