Increasing the diversity and quality of graduate students has long been a core value of The Graduate School (TGS) at Duke. The Duke UCEM expands current recruitment efforts and develops new programs and partnerships to identify and engage promising undergraduates who may eventually pursue graduate study. Our efforts include an emphasis on engaging institutions that produce high-achieving URM STEM undergraduates who make few applications to Duke.

Specifically, the Duke UCEM is working to:

  • Develop the Duke-Sloan Graduate Boot Camp, which brings 15 undergraduates in Sloan disciplines to Duke for a full-day program that provides insight into the graduate school experience, the graduate admissions process, and the Duke UCEM Ph.D. programs.
  • Recruit faculty champions from each UCEM Ph.D. program, who will assist with URM recruitment and serve as leaders in every stage of the Sloan Scholars’ experience.
  • Enhance recruitment through collaboration by TGS, UCEM programs, and faculty champions to engage institutions with diverse populations of potential students.
  • Expand Duke membership in national consortia committed to increasing URM students in the UCEM programs.
  • Facilitate more interactions between faculty at Duke and faculty at United Negro College Fund schools and other HBCUs.