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COVID Testing Updates for Graduate School Students

This page shares updates about COVID testing for Graduate School students, as well contact information and links to Duke-wide testing information.

Testing Updates Specific to Graduate School Students

[1/12/21] Late-Arrival Baseline/Entry Testing for Graduate Students

Students unable to participate in baseline/entry testing until after January 13 need to notify Helene McAdams ( to be included in a late-arrival baseline test request group (SOM-based students should email January 14-19 are reserved for undergraduate testing. Duke United has not finalized plans for late-arrival testing, but once they notify The Graduate School of the schedule, we will update all graduate students in the late-arrival group.

[1/12/21] Surveillance Test Frequency

As soon as students are baseline-tested for spring, they are added to the surveillance pool and are subject to regular, random testing. At present, the surveillance test pool is only populated with students who were baseline-tested and found negative on January 3-11. As the pool grows, individual students’ surveillance testing frequency will decrease. 

[1/12/21] Make-Up for Missed Surveillance Tests

Until further notice from Duke United, students who cannot report for a surveillance test on the day requested should make up the missed test on the very next weekday. Reporting the day prior to the requested test day to complete a surveillance test is not yet available for spring 2021.

[1/16/21] Testing Sites

Graduate Student Contacts for COVID Testing

Graduate School students who have questions about COVID testing should contact Graduate School Registrar Helene McAdams at, with the following exception:

If you are an M.S. or Ph.D. student in a program based in the Duke School of Medicine, contact the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education at if you have questions about testing. These programs include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • Medical Physics
  • Medical Scientist Training
  • Molecular Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Cancer Biology


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