Our Commitment to 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 recruitment incentives, to events and activities that celebrate the diversity of our entire community.

Pratt Profiles: Meet Our Grad Students

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

Recruitment Incentives and Financial Resources

Fellowships and Scholarships for Underrepresented Students: Available to doctoral students

Graduate Student Recruiting Incentives: We offer aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships, and incentives to PhD and MS students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities. Application fee waivers are also available.

Diversity-Focused Groups for Grad Students

Group of students at the Bouchet Society dinner

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

Broader Impacts of Research Seminar

11:30 am | Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side B, room 1466

This is a lunch seminar co-sponsored by the Engineering Graduate Student Coucil and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering. The goal of the seminar is to highlight the broader impacts of graduate student research within the Pratt School of Engineering. Four student speakers will be selected to present and will be judged on content/articulation of broader impacts, organization, and overall presentation. In this way, students practice science communication skills and showcase the tangible societal impacts of research as engineers in the local and global community. Please use the link below to submit abstract. Deadline: Thursday, February 15th Presenters will be notified by Monday, February 19th The 1st place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and 2nd place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. **This seminar has been approved for 2 Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) credits by the Graduate School**

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Women of Inspiration: How the Power of One Can Impact Our World

5:00 pm | Gross Hall, Ahmadieh Family Auditorium, Room 107

Please join us for Pratt's annual Women's History Month event, Women of Inspiration: How The Power Of One Can Impact Our World on Wednesday, March 28th. For the second year in a row, we are holding an event to highlight the accomplishments of women in STEM and raise awareness of little known historical contributions to STEM fields. This year we will be screening the movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". Henrietta Lacks was an African American tobacco farmer whose cells-taken without her knowledge in 1951-became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet her story has remained virtually unknown until recent years. In the spirit of acknowledging the important contributions women have made to science and medicine in the past and present, we are honored to highlight the innovative work of Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Robert W. Carr, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Carla Brady, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Duke University Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology. These two faculty members are making significant contributions to their field and using their research to advance women's health in very different ways. Dr. Ramanujam and Dr. Brady will share their inspiring stories, impactful research, and participate in a discussion with the audience prior to screening the film.

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Bass Connections Showcase

3:30 pm | Penn Pavilion

The second annual showcase event will feature talks, posters, awards and a reception. Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what these research teams of faculty, grad students, undergrads and community partners have accomplished this year.

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