Social Events

Social Events

Social Events

Annual Departmental Retreat: 

Each year, members of the department, including faculty, students, post-docs, and technicians attend a departmental retreat.  In the past, these trips have been held at the beach and mountains of North Carolina.  First-year students and first-year program students are especially encouraged to attend. This weekend includes oral presentations by each lab, poster sessions, poster prizes, a banquet, dancing, karaoke and fun.

Happy Hour: 

One Friday each month , the department sponsors Happy Hour at 4:00 pm on the Nanaline Duke Patio  (or ion the 1st floor lobby of Nanaline Duke, depending on the weather). The department provides a selection of beverages (beer, wine and sodas) and snacks and welcomes everyone to socialize with your fellow department members.

Durham Bulls Baseball Game: 

The Biochemistry Department sponsors a student, faculty, staff, and family night at the Durham Bulls. We can watch the baseball game from a reserved party deck, have dinner and, beverages, and view fireworks after the game. Look for an email in mid-February for more information about this fun annual event!

Duke Basketball Campout: 

All graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Duke Basketball Season Ticket Campout. For one weekend early in the fall semester all interested graduate and professional students at Duke gather on campus with the hopes of winning an opportunity to purchase season basketball tickets. The rules are simple: make it through the weekend without missing two attendance checks and your name is entered into a lottery. Lottery winners are drawn and these individuals are eligible to buy one of the 725 graduate and professional season tickets.  But Campout isn’t just about basketball tickets. With around 2,500 students representing nearly every program and department at the University in attendance, this is also the premier graduate and professional student social event of the year. Campout is an excellent opportunity to bond with your students in your own program and make friends in other programs. Campout will be held in the Blue Zone parking lots on Wannamaker Drive near Duke University Road. There is space at this location for students to set up tents or park rental trucks and RVs for the weekend.  In order to participate in, you must register. To register, click on the "Register for Campout" link which can be found at the following website:

Holiday Party: 

The Biochemistry department hosts an annual holiday party for department members and their families in early-December.  Join us for food, fun, music, and door prizes!

Recruitment Weekend: 

During spring semester the department hosts potential graduate students who have applied for admission to the Duke Biochemistry Ph.D. program. This weekend is an  exciting time when prospective graduate student have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current students to ,learn about the department's research opportunities as well as ,Duke and Durham's unique culture and community. If you would like to volunteer to help with recruitment events, please contact the BGSO.