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Graduate Student Groups
Expand your Duke experience through a student-led 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.
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
Join: phdplus.pratt.duke.edu »
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.
- Friday afternoon "Pratt Chat" socials
- Service outreach activities, such as Habitat for Humanity
- Annual Envisioning The Invisible image contest
Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
Advocates for all Duke graduate and professional students, and builds community. All Duke graduate and professional students are automatic members.
A master's student-led group that encourages interaction among students, faculty and alumni.
- Organizes social events
- Schedules one-on-one professional preparation experiences, such as mentoring
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.
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 social events
Professional Student Organizations
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.
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
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.
A 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues. The Duke section of ASME was chartered in 1935.
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.
An organization of materials researchers that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.
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.
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.
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.