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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

Talent From All Corners: How Immigrants Help Shape American Scientific Leadership

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Searle Auditorium

Presenter: Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, Dr. Lynn Caporale, Dr. Nita Farahany, Dr. Amit Patel, Dr. Samira Musah, Dr. Guillermo Sapiro, Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Dr. Fan Wang, Dr. Linda Carmine Cendales, Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda, Dr. Larry Carin

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The United States has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies. Immigrants and their descendants have played and continue to play a significant role in making the United States an unrivaled leader in research, science, and innovation. Immigrants and their descendants make impactful scientific discoveries start new ventures based on their research, and educate and mentor new generations of scientists and innovators. In this panel discussion on "Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership", a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION: Hosted by: Duke Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke Research, Duke Faculty Advancement and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society:

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Reception and Artist's Talk: "Limitless Africans"

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Center for Documentary Studies

Presenter: Mikael Owunna

In his powerful new photo book "Limitless Africans," queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer Mikael Owunna (Duke '12), a finalist in the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, documents the compelling stories of over thirty LGBTQ African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in ten countries in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through these narratives which are presented as portraits of the subjects accompanied by excerpted interviews, Owunna explores precolonial African sexuality and contemporary LGBTQ African narratives to debunk the myth that it is 'un-African' to be LGBTQ. Mikael Chukwuma Owunna is an award-winning queer Nigerian-Swedish artist, photographer, Fulbright Scholar, and engineer born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mikael's work center around identity while bending the medium with his engineering and multidisciplinary background (Duke '12). His projects: I am Atayal!, Limit(less) and Infinite Essence - have collectively exhibited across Asia, Europe and North America and been featured in media ranging from the New York Times, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Plus, BuzzFeed and Teen Vogue to the official outlet of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.

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Drop-in Advising for Graduate Students

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Brodhead Center - 248 Meeting Room

Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes and other documents. If you're planning to attend Drop-in Advising for resume feedback, we strongly encourage you to view our resume guide beforehand, You can also use Drop-in Advising to ask any quick career questions, learn about the Career Center, and our resources. You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time! Engineering Master's Students: Please note that you have a specific Career Services & Professional Development team. You can reserve a 1:1 appointment with them through CareerConnections (link CareerConnections) and visit Open Advising Studio (no appointment needed) in FCIEMAS 3rd floor Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1-4 pm while classes are in session.

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Power Up: Drop-in Career Advising at the CMA

10:30 am to 12:00 pm Lower Level, Bryan Center

Join Career Advisors in the CMA La Casa and AAPI Base for drop-in career advising sessions. Bring your resume, cover letters, and any questions about navigating professional opportunities, internships, and the job search process!

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Job and Internship Search for Graduate Students and Postdocs [Registration required]

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

Searching for a job or internship can be overwhelming, especially when you're unsure of what the steps in the process look like. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to identify the types of positions you're interested in, prioritize your search and create a targeted plan for outreach. You'll leave this session with resources on how to look for jobs or internships and clear next steps. 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 Graduate Student Career Milestones *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at

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