Regulatory Affairs Training Program – April 23, 2021 at 12:00pm

The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality is pleased to offer the Regulatory Affairs Training Program. This program is open to all interested individuals who register. The program is 6 weeks and consists of weekly online lectures combined with independent study.  This program provides an overview of premarket regulatory work related to drugs, biologics, and medical devices, covering the following topics:

  • Drug Development and FDA Meetings
  • Applicability of FDA Drug Regulations to Clinical Studies
  • IND Content, Format, Review and Maintenance
  • Medical Device Development and FDA Meetings
  • Applicability of FDA Device Regulations to Clinical Studies
  • IDE Preparation, Submission, and Maintenance

Interested in participating?
The next program will start April 23rd, 2021 at 12:00pm EST. The program will run once weekly on Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm EST from April 23rd through May 28th. Please see the link below to register for the program:


BME Coffee Chats with Faculty – Multiple: March 9 – April 28, 2021

In an effort to broaden the mentorship opportunities for our trainees, we are launching a series of hour long “coffee chats” in which a small group (<5)* of trainees can sign up to chat with faculty about specific topics of interest:

Tuesday, March 9th at 11:00 AM: Dr. Junjie Yao

Topic: Adjusting to life in the U.S.

Sign-up Form:

Friday, March 26th at 4:00 PM: Dr. Jennifer West

Topic: Career trajectory advice (how did you get where you are?)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: E/ISTJ

Sign-up Form:

Thursday, April 1st at 11:00 AM: Dr. Edgar Peña (PhD students only)

Topic: Navigating underrepresented identities in STEM

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: ISTJ-t

Personal Bio: Like many academics, my training has taken me across the country, from my hometown in Los Angeles to the chill of Minneapolis and now to Durham. I enjoy exploring different cultures through food and media (movies/music).

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Wednesday, April 28th at 12:00 PM: Dr. Joel Collier

Topic: Deciding between academia and industry/exploring career paths

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: INFP

Personal Bio: I grew up in suburban Chicago with a twin sister. I always enjoyed tinkering/inventing/science as a kid, but also art, writing, and music. Hobbies include painting, ultimate frisbee (in non-pandemic times), running, hiking, and birding. My wife is an allergist with Duke, and we have two children, one in middle school and one in high school.

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GRADx 2021 Call for Abstracts – Friday, March 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm — SUBMISSION DUE: March 1

The Graduate School and the Society of Duke Fellows invite you to participate in the ninth annual Duke GRADx talks, an event showcasing graduate research. GRADx will take place virtually Friday, March 26th from 4:00-6:00 pm during the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Graduate students are invited to share their research in a fast-paced and engaging format inspired by TED and TEDx talks. Rather than showcasing finished projects, we ask presenters to share a defining question that they are driven to investigate or explore further.

Presenters are challenged to communicate their ideas in a clear, visually appealing way that is understandable to a broad audience in the short time frame of 5-6 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted here:

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, March 1st at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website,, for additional information.

Volunteers needed for 2021 Triad Regional Science Olympiad Tournament! — February 20, 2021 and March 6, 2021

This year’s tournament will be held over two Saturdays, with certain events taking place on February 20, 2021 and others on March 6, 2021.  If you are interested in helping, you may volunteer on one or both dates.  It will be helpful if you are comfortable on an electronic platform, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Nearpod.

To volunteer, please sign up using SignUpGenius:

Please note that not every tournament event appears on this SignUpGenius.  Some events will be run at the State level this year, with a team of event-specific (rather than region specific) volunteers.

Useful Event Links:

Contact: If interested, please reach out to
and with any further questions

StartupConnect Networking Fair – Thurs, Feb 18, 2021

nterested in summer internships? Exploring your career options? The Startup Connect Networking Fair lets you chat with founders and representatives from dozens of startup organizations from across the country to exchange ideas, ask questions, and learn more about internships and jobs in a low-pressure networking environment.

Sponsored by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Duke Career Center, Fuqua School of Business, and Pratt School of Engineering. Questions? Contact Anna Jacobs at

UNC’s 3rd annual Graduate Research and Policy Expo (GRaPE) – April, 8, 2021 – Register by February, 14

This is a virtual (and free!) research conference for graduate students of North Carolina studying everything from chemistry and climatology to linguistics and literature. GRaPE is a half-day conference where students can share their research with one another and with invited legislators and university administrators, building your presentation skills and networking with other students and important community members.

GRaPE will feature student resea rch presentations, a keynote speaker, and a panel of NC policy-makers, as well as the chance for presenters to win awards for outstanding presentations. GRaPE is organized by UNC’s Science Policy Advocacy Group, UNC Greensboro’s Spartans for Science and Policy, NC State’s Science Policy Pack, and the UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation. Any NC graduate student can register by February 14th, 2021 at this link and find more information, including the call for abstracts, here.

2021 Duke UCEM Research Summit – Feb 25 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm 

Please join us for the annual Research Summit as Sloan Scholars share their research and we welcome keynote speaker Erika Moore, Ph.D. ’18 (Biomedical Engineering), Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. The talks will be followed by the opportunity for questions and networking with speakers.


Winter 2021 Citadel Competitions for Biomedical Engineering Students (Feb 22-28 and March 22 — $25000 prizes!!)

 Correlation One is a NYC-based startup that hosts data science and engineering competitions for the world’s best STEM students.

This winter, they are inviting Duke students to compete virtually at two different competitions:

  • East Coast Regional Terminal: Terminal Live is an online game where software engineers and computer scientists (or anyone else interested in coding!) build an algorithm to play a tower defense game in a team-based setting.
  • East Coast Regional Datathon: Datathons are data science competitions that challenge students from the world’s best universities to tackle real-world social challenges in topics such as urban traffic, renewable energy, and education.

Participating students will compete for $25,000 in cash prizes, and will also be eligible for exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel LLC and Citadel Securities.

Alum Zoom: Five Career Questions with Devin Bridgen, Ph.D.’15, Associate Director, Exploratory Research, SQZ Biotech

Wednesday, February 10, 202111:00 am to 11:30 am
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As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we’ll feature Devin Bridgen, PhD’15 (Biomedical Engineering), Associate Director, Exploratory Research at SQZ Biotechnologies. SQZ Biotech is working to create a new generation of cell therapies, with a current focus on modulating specific immune responses for oncology, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Bridgen began his career at SQZ as a Scientist after completing his Ph.D. and has been steadily promoted through roles in Exploratory Research and Strategy & Corporate Development.

5 Questions:
1.  Can you tell us about your background?
2.  How did you get your job?
3.  What’s a typical day like at your organization (pre- and post-COVID)?
4.  What can postdocs and students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?
5.  What is the employment outlook for this field, given the COVID crisis? (please note that the answer to this question may be “we don’t know yet”)

This workshop is open to Graduate School students, postdocs, professional students served by the Duke Career Center, and Graduate School alumni within five years of graduation. A link with Zoom meeting details will be sent to confirmed registrants. The Alum Zoom Series is sponsored by The Graduate School, the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services, and the Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact The Graduate School’s professional development team at

3rd Annual Mechanobiology Symposium – Engineering Mechano-Intelligence – January, 28, 2021

This one-day virtual symposium is organized by the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) with support from the National Science Foundation. The theme will be Engineering Mechano-Intelligence. This meeting will be hosted via Zoom virtually. Please register to gain access to the meeting.

Abstracts are currently being accepting for the poster session. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit a title and abstract (250 word limit) with your registration.

For details and registration visit:

Duke Career Center Upcoming Events – January, 21 to March 7

The Duke Career center will have assorted events including Drop-In Career Advising (beginning on Jan 21), Practice Interview Events (Behavioral & Technical) (Feb 10-19), a Career Exploration and Job Search Group for International Students (Mondays, 3pm – 4:15pm EST, February 15, 2021 – March 5, 2021 ), and a Career Exploration and Job Search Group for First Generation/Low-Income Students (Wednesdays, 3pm – 4pm EST, February 17, 2021 – March 7, 2021). Visit the associated links to sign up!