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Creating an Environment of Support

Each April, as part of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students Appreciation Week, Duke University Graduate School offers a week of activities designed to recognize and support the invaluable contributions made by its graduate students. This year’s event will kick-off Monday, April 5 and run through April 9, and it offers a variety of activities centered on graduate student research and professional development, along with opportunities to enjoy the camaraderie of social events.

The Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Conference on April 7 is the centerpiece of Duke Graduate School’s activities during this special week. The conference offers both opportunities for students to showcase their research and a slate of useful professional development workshops and lectures. The day concludes with a celebration that recognizes all research day presenters and graduate students who have completed the milestone of passing their preliminary examinations after March 1, 2009.

We know that Duke Graduate students are the intellectual glue of our community, pushing academic boundaries, offering fresh perspectives in research approaches, and giving voice to emerging fields. We have learned that investing heavily in services that really respond to students’ critical concerns results in greater success in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Our goal during Graduate Student Appreciation Week is to appreciate and bring to light the value of our graduate students. Come join us for any or all of this not-to-be-missed event!