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Supporting Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion make for better engineers—and a better experience for engineering students.

That’s why Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering embraces diversity and inclusion in the classroom and in the laboratory—whether that’s racial, ethnic, sexual or gender diversity. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duke Engineering offers many opportunities for underrepresented minorities, from student groups to fellowships, to recruiting incentives, to events and activities that celebrate the diversity of our entire community.

Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Deans Diversity Initiative. We have earned the Bronze Award from the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, and its recommendation as a national exemplar.

Pratt Profiles: Meet Our Grad Students

Read about the experiences some of our students have had at Duke Engineering.

 

Graduate Student Recruiting Incentives

We offer aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships, and incentives to PhD and master's students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities. Application fee waivers are also available

These include:

  • Application fee waivers
  • Dean's Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Sloan Scholarship Program
  • Diversity Scholarships for our master's students
  • Assistance with applications for external competitive fellowships

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Diversity-Focused Groups for Grad Students

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BioCORE: BioCORE is designed to unify and enrich the bioscience community across Duke. It is committed to increasing every aspect of diversity within Duke’s bioscience community.

Bouchet Society: The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports underrepresented minority graduate students in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics 

Samuel Dubois Cook Society: Named in honor of the first black professor to be hired Duke University, the Samuel Dubois Cook Society is committed to translate the promise and potential of African Americans into fulfillment and actuality, and to seek to improve relations among persons of all backgrounds.

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Diversity & Inclusion Events

Preparing for Career Fairs and Employer Events for Graduate Students and Postdocs [Registration required]

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Brodhead Center - 068 Multipurpose Room

Career fairs and employer events are great opportunities to explore career opportunities, practice your communication skills and network with recruiters and hiring managers. Preparation is key in order to have a successful experience. This interactive workshop will focus on the strategies and tools you can incorporate in order to prepare for these events and stand out as a candidate. Sponsored by Duke University Career Center, The Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Services Graduate Student Career Milestones *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25JJDkzfnk1JJjv

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Cover Letter Writing for Graduate Students and Postdocs [Registration required]

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Brodhead Center - 068 Multipurpose Room

Cover letters are very common in the U.S. and provide you with an opportunity to communicate why you are interested and how you can contribute to the organization's success. In this workshop, you will discover what employers are really looking for, how to analyze a job description and create a persuasive cover letter. The focus of this session will be on non-faculty positions. Please bring a paper copy of your cover letter draft in order to polish it and get immediate feedback. Sponsored by Duke University Career Center, The Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Services Graduate Student Career Milestones Registration opens August 27, 2019 *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bqk9vSWUDbOdpm5

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Film & Discussion: Mercury 13 [Registration Required]

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 3240B Fitzpatrick Center, West Campus

"After rigorous testing in 1961, a small group of skilled female pilots are asked to step aside when only men are selected for spaceflight." ***** Pratt Master's students can register for this workshop on the Professional Development Master's Workshops at mywco.com/pratt ***** Critical reactions to Mercury 13: "This documentary reminds us that people willing to fight for their rights are often considered dangerous at the time they launch their quests, but history usually comes down on the side of equality." -Barbara Shulgas, Common Sense Media ***** "A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers." - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter ***** "An engaging blend of modern-day interviews and archival footage, Mercury 13 complicates the traditional narrative of triumph surrounding the Mercury missions of the '60s and their culmination with the moon landing."-Eric Kohn, indieWire ***** Pratt Master's Student Feedback: 11 out of 11 responding students said it was relevant. 11 out of 11 students said that they would recommend it. ***** "Movie workshops hold a special place in my heart. The documentary shed just light on the importance of the 13 women that championed female involvement in extraterrestrial exploration and research back in the 1960s when this vertical of study was largely patriarchal in nature."

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How to Not Stress Out During the Job Search

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Brodhead Center - 068 Multipurpose Room

In this workshop, learn techniques for managing stress and how to apply those techniques throughout the job search process. *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at https://preview.tinyurl.com/How-to-not-stress

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Effective Networking for Graduates Students and Postdocs [Registration required]

10:00 am to 11:30 am Brodhead Center - 068 Multipurpose Room

We have all heard that networking is essential for your career but many of us aren't sure how to go about it effectively. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to help you network more successfully in the U.S. across all types of industries, including academia. We will practice using online tools to make contact with new people and to also maintain your relationships over time. Please bring a laptop or smart device to make the most of this workshop. Sponsored by Duke University Career Center, The Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Services Registration opens September 4, 2019 *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at https://bit.ly/324dfoB

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