Duke researchers in both basic science and clinical departments are engaged in a wide range of basic science research, studying cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, and genetics in organisms from bacteria to human. Duke offers a collaborative research environment where scientists at all levels work to address scientific problems of fundamental importance. To foster the success of its investigators, Duke University School of Medicine offers a variety of core facility services, seminar series, and professional development programs.
The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education resides in the School of Medicine and coordinates activities that are not specific to individual programs but impact all graduate students associated with the School of Medicine and its interdisciplinary programs. These activities include the Responsible Conduct in Research retreat held at the Beaufort Marine Laboratory each fall for new students and the RCR retraining session required of students at the end of the third year. It also aids in program assessment, implementation of standardized policies within the biomedical programs and the preparation of training grants.
The Graduate School is dedicated to and benefits from a student population diverse in background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and work and life experiences that contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university. As part of a larger institutional commitment to promoting a diverse student body, we encourage applications from all sectors of society, including prospective students whose life experiences may include the challenge of access due to a disability.
No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career.
You can find additional Career & Professional Development Resources on the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education website.
The Division of Student Affairs is critically engaged in all aspects of students’ lives and collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and many others in the delivery of key services and support to students and all whom the Division serves. Student Affairs provides programs and services that support the optimal growth of Duke students, enhance their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development, and complement Duke’s academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to experience education and explore interests beyond the classroom.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to successfully live, grow, and learn in their personal and academic lives. We offer many services to Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, assistance with referrals, and more.
Student Health Services (SHS) at Duke University is jointly supported by the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Pediatrics. The Duke Student Health Center is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services, many of which are covered by the Student Health Fee. The Duke Student Health Center’s mission is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental environment that allows for comprehensive, first-class health care and patient education in a manner that is respectful of diversity.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University (GPSC – pronounced ‘gypsy’) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools.
International House (IHouse)
The mission of the International House is to provide educational services and advocacy to the international population at Duke as well as outreach to the Durham community. We offer extensive cross-cultural programming and information to enhance the global mission of the university.
The Duke Visa Services office serves as a nexus for monitoring and shaping legislation, regulations, and policies at the federal, state and local levels that affect international educational exchange, and for interpreting and applying those directives and controls in the Duke environment in support of the teaching, research, patient care, and community service goals of the university, medical center, health system and affiliated institutions.
The Graduate School's goal is to educate the next generation of teachers, scholars, researchers and professional leaders and to develop the fields of knowledge and research within which these leaders will work.