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Fall 2020 Events

During Fall 2020, The Graduate School partnered with the Office of Postdoctoral Services and Duke Career Center to offer virtual programming in several series. Visit the websites for these series for a full list of events in each of these themes.

The Mentoring and Communication Series
Careers Beyond Academia Series
Alum & HR Zooms Series

Core Competencies

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

    Master's students can pursue many options after graduation. If you’re considering applying to Ph.D. programs, join us for a workshop that will provide insight into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees. Learn how to tailor your application to the institution and compete successfully in this workshop.

  • Friday, October 30, 2020
    2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

    Virtual Speed Networking with Duke Alumni

    Whether you're interested in meeting professionals in industry, startup, government, or academia, you'll find leaders in these sectors among Duke alumni. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet Duke alumni in a virtual speed-networking context. Registration closes Monday, October 26 at 11:59 p.m.


Careers Beyond Academia

  • Monday, September 21, 2020
    3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    On September 21, our guest is Nick Rizzo, PhD ’17 (Genetics & Genomics), Associate Manager of Strategic Feasibility at IQVIA Biotech. Nick will discuss his background, job searching in industry, roles in clinical research,  and opportunities for PhDs. IQVIA Biotech provides integrated clinical and commercial solutions designed to help smaller biotech companies move forward in their effort to get treatments to patients. 

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    HR Zoom: 5 Career Questions with Human Resources Professionals

    Want to get the inside scoop on hiring? Wondering what companies are looking for when evaluating PhDs? Join us for a series of short, focused career conversations with Human Resources professionals about the recruiting and hiring practices at their organizations. Our guests on September 23 are from RTI International: Bob Miles, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Programs, and Aaron Turner, Talent Acquisition Manager.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    8:00 pm to 8:45 pm

    Networking Strategies During a Global Pandemic

    We all know that networking is essential for your career and professional development. But how exactly should you approach this process during a global pandemic? This workshop will highlight useful strategies and tools for networking right now during COVID-19.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On September 29, our guest is Rebecca Beerman, PhD, Scientific Integrity Associate, Duke Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services and Training (ASIST) Office. The ASIST office supports the Duke research community by promoting a culture of scientific integrity, improving data management practices, developing educational materials, organizing outreach activities, and providing individual consultations. In addition to discussing academic administration roles at Duke, Rebecca will talk about the position currently open at ASIST.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

    Career Planning at Any Stage

    Sometimes the hardest part of career planning is knowing where to start. Your personal and professional goals along with where you are in the process can determine what actions are most appropriate. Learn how to design an effective method for exploring, evaluating and deciding on the next steps in your career. Whether you are a first-year student or getting ready to graduate, this workshop can help you! 

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    What to Look for When Searching for a Postdoc Position: A Perspective from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    The presentation by Dr. Linda Harris, Director of Postdoctoral Talent Acquisition, will give general information regarding what to look for when searching for a postdoc position, in addition to providing information specific to St. Jude. Whether you are close to graduating with your PhD, or early in your degree, it is never too soon to think about your next career step.

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

    Please join us for a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On October 7, our guest is Nora McGhee, Ph.D. '06 (Pharmacology), Senior Program Officer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best-available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make better-informed health and healthcare decisions.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Exploring Nonclinical Careers in Healthcare and Life Sciences

    This virtual career panel features Duke alumni working in nonclinical healthcare and life science roles. Join us to learn more about career paths, organizations, job roles, industry trends and essential skills needed.