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Being a graduate student is hard work, so at the Duke University Graduate School we work hard to make it easier for students to have access to resources needed to achieve their scholarly, personal, and professional goals. We are your advocate and your service provider, and we are committed to helping you become an active participant in the Duke University community.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about your experience at Duke, let us know. 

Student Handbook



  • Friday, April 26, 2019
    7:45 am to 5:00 pm

    22nd Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

    This symposium, held on the EPA campus, provides information about a wide range of possible biomedical career paths and includes workshops, CV/résumé consultations, and opportunities to meet one-on-one with current HR representatives at relevant companies. Registration deadline: April 17, 2019.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Trust Your Instincts: Intuition, Leadership, and Listening to the Body

    If the world’s most successful people trust their intuition, what is it, and how can you tap into and trust yours as well? Join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive and entertaining workshop on the art and science of trusting your intuition and inner guidance. You will learn several techniques to deepen your intuition gleaned from sources as diverse as the US military remote viewing programs and ancient shamanic training.

News & Views

Scaling My Skillset: A Reflection on My First Year as an Engineering Ph.D. Student

April 16, 2019
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Creating solutions to problems is hard enough on paper, but what happens when you put aside your pencil and tackle practical problems in the lab? Ricky Hollenbach, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, shares how his experience working collaboratively on experiments as a first-year graduate student changed his perspective on research and project management.

Broadening Your Thinking about Your Research and Yourself through an Internship

February 12, 2019
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"Tackling new problems during my internship reminded me that I am capable of shifting gears and adapting my skills to new contexts. I also feel better prepared after gaining a fresh perspective on career trajectories. First-hand experience in a different environment helped me to cultivate a deeper self-awareness about what I want in my career."

Getting Started on the Right Foot

Here are a couple videos to help new graduate students hit the ground running.