Each September, The Duke-Sloan and Pratt School of Engineering Graduate Boot Camp brings to Duke talented undergraduates in chemistry, computer science, earth and ocean sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics, and statistical science. The Boot Camp will encourage participants to think critically about their research interests and skills, provide practical strategies for the graduate admissions process, and introduce participants to Duke’s Sloan departments.

Sloan Boot CampBecause of pandemic safety measures, the 2020 Boot Camp will be held online September 4. The application period  has been extended to August 27.

Duke is dedicated to and benefits from a student population diverse in background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and work and life experiences that contributes to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university. The Boot Camp is part of the university’s efforts to foster an intellectually and demographically diverse environment that supports creativity, innovation, and a strong sense of community.

September 2020 Boot Camp Details

  • Dates: September 4, online
  • Tentative Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: None

Boot Camp participants will receive in-depth information on these topics and more:

  • How do I know if graduate school is for me?
  • What is the difference between a master’s and a Ph.D. and the career opportunities for each path?
  • The graduate school admission process and how to develop a competitive application
  • Duke graduate programs and research opportunities
  • Duke Graduate school funding and fellowship opportunities
  • Summer research opportunities at Duke
  • Meet faculty and students in your research interests


Boot Camp attendees will be selected in a competitive process based on academic curriculum and performance, as well as their commitment to research.

Application Dates

Apply by: August 27, 2020


  • Must be available for full workshop on Friday, September 4, 2020.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA or above.
  • This workshop is intended for students from racial, ethnic, and gender groups historically underrepresented in computer science, physics, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, mathematics, statistical science, and engineering. These groups include female/female-identifying students, and students from African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American racial/ethnic groups.
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and statistical science, or related STEM field.
  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2019-20 academic year.

To Apply

Submit your online application by August 27.

Complete Application