The Duke Chapter of ASCE takes part in the concrete canoe competition at the annual Carolina Conference.

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Graduate Student Groups

Expand your Duke experience through a student-focused organization

Duke Engineering expands opportunities for master's and PhD students with engagement in distinctive organizations which build community and encourage students to develop interpersonal, leadership and professional skills.

Professional Development

iMED: Innovative Medicine

A student group, sponsored by Duke MEDx, which brings together graduate students and faculty from across various Duke who share an interest in entrepreneurship and medicine.

iMED provides a safe, collaborative environment where people from diverse graduate experiences and backgrounds can share, mentor, and learn from one another to tackle domestic and global health care problems.

Learn more and join iMED »

PhD Plus Program

Deepens the value of doctoral study with a year-round program for all engineering PhD students, designed for high-impact professional development.

  • Summer workshops
  • Innovative personal and professional development seminars
  • Career networking opportunities

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Graduate Student Leadership

Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC)

Represents all engineering master's and PhD students, and welcomes new students into the Duke Engineering community.

Engineering Master’s Programs Student Advisory Board

Master's Programs SAB members are voices for their fellow students. Board members provide valuable insights and feedback that build a strong and vibrant engineering master’s programs community.

Graduate and Professional Student Government

Advocates for all Duke graduate and professional students, and builds community. All Duke graduate and professional students are automatic members.

Biomedical Engineering Association of Master's Students (BEAMS)

A master's student-led group that encourages interaction among students, faculty and alumni.

Biomedical Engineering PhD Student Association (BEPSA)

Gives a voice to the BME PhD student body, by facilitating communication among students and faculty

  • Connects students to department resources
  • Advocates for the department, within and outside the Duke

Civil & Environmental Engineering Students Advocating for Graduate Education (SAGE)

Represent the CEE graduate student body by working with staff and faculty to improve academics, working conditions, and the social environment.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Advocacy for Student Engagement (EASE)

A graduate student-led group that strives towards building a community through social, well-being, outreach and academic events.  EASE organizes events like a winter social, papers and pastries, and interdepartmental mixers.

Master of Engineering Management Program Development Committee (MEM PDC)

A student-led committee dedicated to working with and strengthening Master of Engineering Management student activities, programs, and events.

  • Oversees professional and activity club memberships open to all MEM students
  • Sponsors events and provides information to help new students sign-up for clubs

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Graduate Student Committee

Works with the director of graduate studies to recruit, educate and promote the graduate students within the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

  • Organizes a graduate seminar series and annual retreat
  • Programs social hours and special service projects and social events

Professional Student Organizations

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Free memberships for students

Duke is an institutional member of the Association for Women in Science and individual memberships are free for Duke students, staff and faculty.

AWIS advocates for gender equity and the advancement of women in STEM fields, and offers professional development, networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.

Become a member of AWIS »

Bouchet Society

Further strengthens the efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students in achieving their career goals in science research and education, and encourages values that promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences in honor of its namesake—Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a PhD from an American university.

Black Graduate & Professional Student Association (BGPSA)

Enhances the Duke experience for black graduate and professional students through social events, multicultural programming, career and community service, and scholarship.

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI)

Convenes interdisciplinary graduate student teams that provide pro bono consulting and technology services to social organizations in our hometown of Durham, North Carolina, and beyond.

Oceans @ Duke Student Club

An interdisciplinary student club that fosters collaboration to examine opportunities for professional development in oceans-related careers and areas of study.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

The Duke chapter of oSTEM is a LGBTQ+ affirming organization that aims to provide services and support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and academia.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

A network of women graduate students and post-doctoral associates working to improve the climate for women in science. Serves as a liaison between women science and engineering students and administration.

Engineering Society Chapters

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Dedicated to setting a course for both the Society and the profession within and beyond the 21st century. The Duke Chapter of ASCE participates in its iconic annual concrete canoe competition.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

A 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues. The Duke section of ASME was chartered in 1935.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Dedicated to promoting the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrical engineering, electronics, radio and the allied branches of engineering, and the related arts and sciences. Duke's IEEE Student Branch is open to any student who shares IEEE's interests.

Materials Research Society

An organization of materials researchers that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. Duke's MRS student chapter is open to any student with an interest in materials science or engineering.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The Duke Society of Black Engineers focuses on increasing the number of successful minority engineers at Duke and to growing a network of students and alumni in the Research Triangle region.

Optical Society of America

Organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

A not-for-profit educational and service organization that reinforces engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. Duke SWE empowers women to succeed and to be recognized for theircontributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.


This international society for optics and photonics advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.