Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring

Mentoring is vital to graduate students’ success, and The Graduate School is committed to cultivating a culture of mentoring in graduate education at Duke. Students with strong mentoring relationships are more productive, more involved in the campus community, and more satisfied with their graduate school experience. Mentoring support ensures that students will be well trained, successfully complete their degrees, and obtain promising job opportunities.

These webpages serve as a resource to help students and faculty become equal partners in the mentoring process. It shares successful strategies of accomplished faculty mentors at Duke and promotes the development of strong mentoring relationships for all students in The Graduate School. For graduate students, it is a starting point toward developing a network of mentors. For faculty, it is a resource and guide on serving as mentors for graduate students.


Mentoring Toolkit

Interested in running a workshop on good practices for mentoring graduate students? The Graduate School has a toolkit to provide the resources that faculty, students, and staff need to do just that.

Learn More and Get the Toolkit

University Center of Exemplary Mentoring

The Graduate School and 10 Ph.D. programs are working together to better recruit and support students from underrepresented groups in physical sciences and engineering.

Visit Duke UCEM Site

Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Each year, The Graduate School recognizes graduate students and graduate faculty for outstanding efforts in mentoring.

More About the Awards

Supporting Black Women Students

The Graduate School holds two informal support groups for Black women graduate students: Sisters in STEM (SIS) and Sisters in the Arts and Social Sciences (SASS). For more information, contact Assistant Dean Courtnea Rainey (


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In constructing these webpages on mentoring for faculty, staff, and students, Duke has benefited enormously from other institutions with well-established mentoring programs. We wish to acknowledge the following resources that contributed to the building of this site: