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2024 Kicks off with 9 Professional Development Grants Awarded

The Graduate School has awarded nine Professional Development Grants for the 2024 calendar year, contributing to a total of 79 grants awarded since the program's 2014 launch.

While The Graduate School regularly offers cross-disciplinary professional development programs and events, the Professional Development Grants offer an opportunity for departments and programs to create discipline-specific programming. Each grant provides up to $2,000 to help bring proposed projects to fruition.

A summary of the 2024 grant recipients:

Biomedical Engineering: Furthering development of an Inclusive Engineering Leadership course, promoting increased community involvement in guest lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and class outings.

Chemistry: Increasing student and alumni interactions through informal "Coffee with a Chemist" gatherings.

Dance: Hosting a lunch-and-learn event where graduate students in the arts can learn how to prepare successful grant applications.

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences: Continuing to administer the Entering Mentoring, Duke University Neuroscience Experience (DUNE), and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Internship (CNRI) programs, providing graduate trainees with mentorship skills and opportunities.

Global Health: Organizing two alumni panel events and a large networking event to increase engagement and better support graduate students in pursuing various careers.

Mathematics: Preparing math graduate students to be effective mentors through gatherings and training sessions.

Neurobiology: Continuing a monthly career seminar series to demonstrate the versatility of a Ph.D. in neuroscience/neurobiology and prepare students for various career transitions. 

Ph.D. programs in the Nicholas School of the Environment: Providing a course on Google Earth Engine taught by a former Google engineer.

University Program in Genetics and Genomics: Facilitating network events with industry professionals and alumni panels on how students can enhance their academic journeys.

View the title and full abstract of each proposal