Greetings, incoming MEM Fall 2021 students!
Congratulations and welcome to Duke! You are one day closer to the beginning of your graduate degree. I hope you are as excited as we are to have you join the Master of Engineering Management Program. My name is Katie Douglas and I am the academic coordinator for MEM. My role here is to assist students and faculty and to provide support to facilitate the academic experience.
We know that you have career goals and ideas about your future, and we want to make sure you achieve those goals. We also want you to be able to get the best experience you can on your educational journey with us here at the Pratt School of Engineering.
By now, you should have received an email from Bridget Kerwin, the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs and Services in the Pratt School of Engineering, with a New Student Checklist. The items on this list are critically important to help you successfully transition to graduate school. Please complete the items on this checklist according to the deadlines given. Additional reminders to complete these checklist items will be sent out throughout the next few months as you prepare for your arrival on campus in August.
Attached you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from incoming MEM students. Please review these, as they will answer many of the questions you likely have about starting the MEM Program. In addition, please review the Bulletin of the Pratt School of Engineering, which contains a plethora of information about Pratt and MEM policies. (Note: The current bulletin linked is for the 2020-2021 academic year. The 2021-2022 Bulletin will be available later this summer.)
REGISTERING FOR FALL 2021 COURSES
The Fall 2021 course list will be made available to students on June 28 when shopping carts open, and course registration for Fall 2021 will begin on July 7. You will use the DukeHub system to register for your courses. For guides about navigating DukeHub and registering for courses in DukeHub, please click here.
The Fall 2021 academic calendar is available here. The first day of the Fall 2021 semester will be August 23. While Duke anticipates offering classes in-person for students who are in Durham, we understand that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created travel and visa challenges for our international students. Therefore, the MEM Program will be offering classes both on-campus and online in Fall 2021, to accommodate those students who are unable to travel to the United States within 30 days of the Fall semester start date. Those students who are in Durham will be expected to take classes in-person on campus, but separate sections of courses will be offered for those students who will be learning online. Additional information about in-person and online courses will be provided closer to registration time.
OPTIONAL MEM VIRTUAL SUMMER EVENTS
The MEM Program will be offering a number of optional virtual events this summer to incoming students to get to know one another, to connect with faculty and staff in the program, and to begin engaging with Duke and the Pratt community. Please be on the lookout for emails from Carolyn Gilbert, the Assistant Director of Student Services in the MEM Program, for more information about these events in the coming weeks.
In addition, I will be offering virtual office hours via Zoom every Tuesday from 9:00AM-11:00AM (Eastern Time), beginning May 25, to answer questions you may have about MEM Program academics (e.g., course registration, policies, etc.).
ACADEMIC ADVISING SURVEY
As a part of providing students with an excellent educational experience, we want to ensure you are getting career, academic and professional mentoring and advice. We want all students to have someone they can speak to if they have questions about a certain course. With that in mind, we will be assigning an academic advisor to you before you arrive at Duke. However, we want your input to ensure you are paired with an advisor whose expertise and career interests mirror your own.
Please fill out this survey by June 23 to let us know what your interests are so that we can pair you with the advisor that will best fit your needs. Your advisor will be a great resource to you for course and career questions during your graduate studies. Advisors will be assigned the first week of August. You will be emailed with the name and contact information for your academic advisor after they are assigned to you.
Finally, for answers to many of the questions that you have about the MEM Program, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions document included here:
MEM Campus Incoming Student FAQs-final
If you have additional questions or concerns, or if there is any way that I can be helpful, please let me know. I am here to serve as a resource for you!
Again, we are excited to have you join the Master of Engineering Management Program and look forward to seeing you this fall. Go Duke!