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RCR Orientations: August 2020

All new master’s and PhD students in The Graduate School are required to attend RCR orientation during Orientation Week. E-mail The Graduate School at with any questions about RCR training.

RCR Orientation for Master’s Students

GS 705: RCR Orientation – Campus
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Shuttles from Graduate School to Hilton from 7:30 to 8:15 (or drive yourself; free parking.)
8:30am –12:30pm. Arrive and register between 8:00 and 8:30am
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC [map]

RCR Orientation for PhD Students

Entering PhD students must attend one of the following sessions, depending on their department/discipline (see which academic division your department falls under). PhD students in psychology, environment, environmental policy and marine science and conservation should attend either the Humanities and Social Sciences session or the Natural Sciences and Engineering session, based on their research interests.

Humanities and Social Sciences

GS 710.01: RCR Orientation – Campus
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Shuttles from Graduate School to Hilton from 7:45 to 8:45 (or drive yourself; free parking.)
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC [map]

Natural Sciences and Engineering

GS 710.02: RCR Orientation – Campus
Friday, August 21, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Shuttles from Graduate School to Hilton from 7:45 to 8:45 (or drive yourself; free parking.)
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC [map]

BioMedical Sciences

GS 701A: First-Year Ethics Retreat
Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22, 2020
For more information, contact Deborah Fidelman in the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE)

What to Bring, What to Wear, What to Eat...

These notes are for master's and PhD students attending an orientation at the Durham Hilton. Biomedical students may receive different guidance as they prepare for their (separate) retreat.

What to Bring

Upon arrival at the RCR Orientation, you will receive a packet of handouts for your use during the event. All materials provided are free, and no materials will be for sale. Feel free to bring your own backpack or bag in which to carry resource materials or personal items. Water glasses will be provided throughout the day, so water bottles are not necessary unless you prefer to have your own. If you have any disability or personal needs, please note those on the registration survey and/or alert The Graduate School staff during registration check-in.

Please feel free to bring your cell phones or mobile devices. However, we do ask that you put cell phones on vibrate (no ring tones) in order not to interfere with the conference. Internet wireless connections and power outlet sources are very limited and available only in certain public areas of the hotel (not in the conference area). It is not necessary to bring any laptop computer or mobile device.

Do not bring any family members, children, friends or other people. This orientation is strictly for Duke graduate students, and guests cannot be accommodated.

What to Wear

We ask that you dress in business casual clothing as if attending a conference or meeting. This event is held at a conference center and some air-conditioned rooms might feel cold to certain people. Feel free to bring along a sweater, light jacket, and/or umbrella (see forecast). In Durham, even if the weather outside is hot and humid, it might be cool inside. Also, weather conditions can change rapidly in August.

Food and Beverage

GS705: RCR Orientation for Master’s Degree students (Wednesday)

We will provide a hospitality coffee or tea upon arrival, with a similar break mid-morning. Lunch will not be served. The program ends at 12:30pm so that you may return to campus, return home, or choose to eat lunch on your own or with new colleagues. There are numerous restaurants and fast-food dining options near the Durham Hilton on Hillsborough Road.

GS710: RCR Orientation for Ph.D. students (Thursday & Friday)

The Graduate School will provide some food and beverages throughout the day per the schedule. Upon arrival, we will provide a hospitality coffee or tea with a similar break around 10:00am. We will also provide an elegant hot lunch buffet and beverages (including water or iced tea) since the program runs all day. A light afternoon refreshment will be provided also. We have attempted to provide a healthy menu with options to meet the needs of those who are vegan or vegetarian, as well as gluten-free. If you have any specific personal or dietary restrictions beyond these, please indicate those on the online registration survey.



Hugh Crumley, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Duke University Graduate School
Office of the Dean
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90068
Durham, NC 27708