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October 21, 2020
Melissa Keenan, Ph.D.

"I’m really glad that I took the time to make sure that a Ph.D. is what I wanted to do for my career. The experiences that I had outside of academia prior to graduate school were hugely beneficial for me because they helped me to better define my goals and understand how a graduate education would help me to achieve them. At this point, I feel confident about my professional standing, but I also wish I had conducted a more thorough job search in Durham. It’s a great place!"

October 20, 2020

Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Kaylee Alexander

October 14, 2020
Amy Blawas, Ph.D.

"For me, the most important thing in my life was my family and my job was always supportive of that. Understand what your priorities are and make them happen. Don’t worry too much about levels or job titles, just do what makes you happy and the rewards will come."

October 13, 2020
Travis Knoll with Dudu and Antonio Lacerda

Following up on a Bass Connections project, history Ph.D. candidate Travis Knoll directed a documentary about a movement that helped make Brazil's universities more accessible to minorities.

October 8, 2020
Online TA Skills Workshops

After the pandemic forced classes online, The Graduate School and Duke Learning Innovation teamed up to help graduate student teaching assistants make the transition.

October 7, 2020
Virtual professional development tips

The Graduate School has held 90 online professional development events since early March. Here are some lessons we have learned about how to do it effectively.

October 6, 2020
Virginie A. Duzer

"With my undergraduates, I am handling diversity in all its complexity. It is my job to guide someone, with the help of French Arts and Literature, through this definitive moment in their life, whether or not we have anything in common. And that’s the beauty of it!"

September 30, 2020
Jacqueline Robinson-Hamm, Ph.D.

"Find an extracurricular outside of research related to your passions. It might be the department student group, or it might be the student government, or maybe coaching a sport. Having something outside of your research will be beneficial not just for you personally; it can be a valuable addition to your resume and, depending on what you choose, it can also help you explore careers."

September 29, 2020
Gulu SoundTracks

On their album Gulu SoundTracks, Joella Bitter (Ph.D.’20 Cultural Anthropology) and music producers in northern Uganda explore the everyday sounds and human connections that make a city.

September 23, 2020
Adriana Méndez Rodenas

"When I was a graduate student, there was a clearer divide between social sciences and literature. I believe that cross-disciplinary dialogues are vital."