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Duke OPTIONS is an online professional development planning tool designed to help Ph.D. students increase their competencies in six important areas, as they develop through three stages of their graduate programs. You can find the tool at

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Who Funded this Tool?

Duke OPTIONS was built with funding from the Council of Graduate Schools ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education and the Duke University Graduate School.

Who Developed Duke OPTIONS?

(PI) Paula D. McClain, Ph.D., James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Policy, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education
(Co-PI) Melissa Bostrom, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Hugh Crumley, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
John Zhu, Senior Public Affairs Officer
Jacqueline Looney, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity
J. Alan Kendrick, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development
Brad L. Teague,  Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Director, English for International Students
Francisco Ramos, Ph.D., Manager of Program Evaluation and Assessment
Pakis Bessias, IT Manager
Iryna Merenbloom, Assistant Dean for Finance

Still have questions? Reach out to The Graduate School's professional development team at