Each September, the Duke-Sloan Boot Camp brings to Duke 15 talented undergraduates in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and statistical science (the Pratt School of Engineering holds a separate camp at the same time for students interested in engineering graduate programs). 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.

The application period for the September 2018 Boot Camp is open through July 29. Selected students will be notified by August 17.

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.

Note: If you are interested in one of Duke’s graduate programs in engineering, please apply for the Pratt Graduate Application and Fellowship Application Bootcamp or contact Dr. Johnna Frierson at johnna.frierson@duke.edu for more information. Participants in the Pratt Bootcamp will have some shared activities with the Sloan Boot Camp participants.

September 2018 Boot Camp Details

  • Dates: Participants arrive Thursday, September 13. The Boot Camp will be held on Friday, September 14. Participants will depart Saturday morning.
  • Tentative Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Duke University West Campus
  • Cost: Workshop expenses, including travel expenses, lodging, and meals, will be paid for by The Graduate School and the Duke University Center for Exemplary Mentoring.

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
  • Participate in campus tours


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: July 29, 2018
  • Selected students notified by: August 17, 2018


  • Must be available for full workshop on Friday, September 14, 2018.
  • 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, mathematics, and statistical science. 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 2018-19 academic year.

To Apply

Complete the online application by July 29, 2018. As part of the application, you will be asked to:

  • Submit up to two faculty members from whom we can request recommendations that can speak to your potential in a research/academic environment (one required)
  • Submit an unofficial transcript from current institution

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Please contact James Alan Kendrick (alan.kendrick@duke.edu), assistant dean for graduate student development at the Duke Graduate School.