Graduate & School of Medicine Initiatives

Graduate & School of Medicine Initiatives

Graduate Initiatives

Graduate initiatives include programs that recruit the most diverse student body and help advance everyone’s success.


The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office contributes to the diverse scientific climate within the Biomedical Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine. The office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the Duke University School of Medicine and to enrich their experiences over the course of their training and studies. The IDEALS office hosts a series of programs including professional development opportunities, academic enrichment groups, mentoring programs, and social activities, and their signature diversity initiative for graduate trainees, the BioCoRE program.

See more PhD Students Resources offered by the IDEALS Office. 

BioCoRE's benefits include:

  • Early Start–full stipend paid in August of first year
  • Beginning research and community building during Early Start
  • Enhanced advising and specialized mentoring
  • Funds for scientific conference travel
  • Scientific and career development programs
  • Social gatherings with BioCoRE community
  • Synergy with PhD Graduate Programs

BioCoRE was built to:

  • Promote student development through research experiences, engagement with faculty, and career instruction.
  • Build vertical advising and mentoring relationships between undergraduate, graduate students and faculty in the bioscience community.

In late July/early August the BioCoRE Annual Symposium convenes over 200 renowned faculty from underrepresented groups plus faculty that study minority issues, administrators from North Carolina institutions, and students to:

  • Hear nationally acclaimed speakers address current research topics and diversity programs in science.
  • Showcase student research in oral and poster presentations.
  • Convene discussions on student career development.
  • Provide student workshops on research promotion, optimizing research, mentee relationships, and surviving setbacks.

School of Medicine Initiatives

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters a climate where faculty, students, and staff experience a true sense of belonging while thriving and contributing their best work. Its goal is to attract and retain diverse, outstanding talent who are fully engaged and positively impact how we teach, work, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world. Listen to minority students describe their Duke graduate experience.