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Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) 2017-2018 Report

Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) 2017-2018 Report

Background Together Duke, the university’s 2017 strategic plan, includes a goal to provide a transformative educational experience for all students and sets forth increased opportunities for graduate and professional school students to prepare for a wide array of career options. Duke’s Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) program supports doctoral and master’s students to stretch […]

Machine Learning Techniques Help Philosopher Build an App for Logic Education

Machine Learning Techniques Help Philosopher Build an App for Logic Education

Philosophy doctoral student Lok Chan is writing a dissertation on learning and testing through the lenses of philosophy and statistics. To develop the skills he needed to produce a web-based application for logic education, he sought training in machine learning. Mentored by Kevin Hoover, Chan was among 18 Duke University students who received Graduate Student […]

A Deep Dive into Blubber Samples Yields a Novel Method to Study Whales

A Deep Dive into Blubber Samples Yields a Novel Method to Study Whales

Ecology doctoral student Jillian Wisse studies a species of pilot whale that dives especially deep. To learn more about how they relate to their environment, she sought specialized training at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Wisse was among 18 Duke University students who received Graduate Student […]

Duke Students Investigate Barriers to Sanitation Access in Lowndes County, Alabama

Duke Students Investigate Barriers to Sanitation Access in Lowndes County, Alabama

Duke University graduate students Emily Meza (M.E.M.), Katy Hansen (Ph.D., Environmental Policy), and Ryan Juskus (Ph.D., Religion) sought to contribute to a community-based research partnership between the Duke Human Rights Center and the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise to improve wastewater treatment in Lowndes County, Alabama. Guided by their faculty sponsors Erika Weinthal and Elizabeth […]

Students Explore Discourses and Practices of Militarization in the Global South

Students Explore Discourses and Practices of Militarization in the Global South

Are there trends in the types of sociopolitical violence that have characterized social movements after the Arab Spring? How has this violence been represented in the media and in popular culture? What are the legal and political consequences of such representations? These questions fascinated Duke University doctoral students Renée Michelle Ragin (Literature) and Giulia Riccò […]

Taking It Outside, Doctoral Students Build Girls’ Science and Leadership Skills

Taking It Outside, Doctoral Students Build Girls’ Science and Leadership Skills

Duke University doctoral students Jacqueline Gerson (Ecology) and Emily Levy (Biology) wanted to increase hands-on science opportunities for young women and other groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math. With fellow Duke students Emily Ury and Alice Carter, they created a free summer program called GALS (Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership […]

Training in Radiation Emergency Medicine Prepares Student for Role in Patient Care

Training in Radiation Emergency Medicine Prepares Student for Role in Patient Care

Bria Moore, a Ph.D. student in Medical Physics, enriched her training by attending a course on radiation emergency medicine at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Learning about the practical aspects of handling contaminated patients in a hospital setting will improve her ability to communicate effectively with medical professionals in emergency situations. Moore was among 18 Duke […]