A guide to Professional Development at Duke

We are thrilled to welcome all new 1g students to Duke Graduate School!

Our kick off event for this academic year is an information session on resources for professional development at Duke! Lunch included. Guest speaker: Dean for Professional Development, Dr. Melissa Bostrom. Sponsored by the Graduate School. Register here: http://bit.ly/1gKickOffLunch

Where: room 102, the Graduate School, 2127 Campus Drive
When: Thursday, August 29, noon – 1pm

See you there!

First-Gen Friday

Since you indicated to be interested in more social gatherings – also with 1g grads from UNC -, Carolina F1RSTS promptly invited us to join them for their social this Friday 4-6pm for free appetizers at the Carolina Brewery! 

This is a great chance to meet new people, share wisdom and advice as first-gen students, and unwind from the daily stresses of grad school.

No need to register. If you want to offer a ride over or go to UNC together, shoot us an email!

(sinja.kuppers@duke.edu, natalie.gasparowicz@duke.edu, brandon.m.le@duke.edu)


Resulting from our panel on ‘Navigating the Academic Job Market as a 1-Gen’ we decided to collect advice by first-gen grads for our first-gen peers.

Thanks to Eladio for sharing his reflections on the job market process and to Josh for sharing questions he typically asked on campus visits to R1 institutions: Advice

Panel: Navigating the Academic Job Market as 1-Gen

Join us during Graduate Student Appreciation Week for a panel discussion on being 1st-Gen on the Academic Job Market. Our awesome panelists will share their experiences! Organized by Duke F1rsts and the Graduate School.

See you on April 3 in the Bolton Family Tower Room at 10 am for some good discussion and breakfast! We will share some appreciation gifts (cool Duke F1rsts notebooks)!!

Register here: http://bit.ly/1gJobPanel

2nd Annual Duke-UNC First-Gen Grad Student Symposium

Join us for our 2nd Annual Duke-UNC First-Gen Grad Student Symposium!

It’s our biggest event of the year and we look forward to seeing you there!

Workshops to discuss imposter syndrome and fostering resiliency as well as a growth mindset. Learn how to weave these moments into your narrative and to translate them professionally into networking opportunities. Develop a narrative/pitch based on your values and strengths, rooted in your first-gen identity.

We will be organizing a carpool. Join us!  Register here: https://go.unc.edu/1GenSymposiumDuke

Mentorship mingling / Student mixer

Get excited for our second student mixer with Duke LIFE on Monday, February 18, 7-9pm!
A great opportunity to get in touch with your mentee or signing up as a 1G mentor and to mingle with other 1G grads and undergrads. We look forward to having a fun time together! Dinner included. Meeting place is the Bolton Family Tower Room. Register here: http://bit.ly/1GMentorship_grads

Information Session on Administrative Careers in Higher Education

When? Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 at noon
Where? Perkins 249, Carpenter Conference Room

After our session with Dean Klingensmith on Academic Careers in Higher Education, Duke F1RSTS will have a follow-up information session with Dean Melissa Bostrom on Administrative Careers! As Dean Klingensmith pointed out: it is a good idea to prepare for both sides of the career path. BYOL!

Register here: http://bit.ly/AdministrativeCareers

Happy holidays & see you soon!