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student lifeBeing 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. 

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  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
    10:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Science and Policy Communication Workshop

    Looking to improve how you communicate your science or policy work? Learn best practices from experts Karl Leif Bates, Director of Research Communications at Duke University and Jory Weintraub, Science Communication Program Director with the Duke Initiative for Science and Society.

News & Views

2018 Commencement Photos and Video

May 15, 2018
Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

About 250 graduating Ph.D. students celebrated the completion of their degrees on Saturday, May 12, joined by more than 1,200 faculty, family members, and friends.

ELI Helps Graduate Students Flex Leadership Muscles

May 15, 2018
Emerging Leaders Institute

Launched in 2014, The Graduate School's Emerging Leaders Institute provides graduate students and postdocs an intensive professional development opportunity where they work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Alumni Profiles Series: Amanda Starling Gould

May 10, 2018
Amanda Starling Gould, PhD

“When I first became a Digital Humanities Specialist I didn’t know that I was going to love having meetings but I really do. I like coming in to work and I like having people around, and I love being a consultant. I love it when people come in to see me and they say, ‘I have this idea, how do I do it?’ and I have the resources of the FHI and Duke to help them.”

Getting Started on the Right Foot

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