Duke Graduate Summer Academy

Update (June 4, 2020): The 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy will offer a second session of online short courses. Registration is open June 8 – 17, 2020 (will close at 12:00pm on June 17). Please feel free to contact Amy Feistel (amy.feistel@duke.edu) with questions.

2020 Graduate Summer Academy Course Descriptions

Together Duke is pleased to announce the Duke Graduate Summer Academy, which offers online short courses that introduce Duke graduate students (both doctoral and masters) and postdoctoral fellows to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework/research. These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement.

Courses in the Duke Graduate Summer Academy cover topics not typically included in a graduate curriculum, or that provide an intensive introduction for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who might not have the time or inclination to pursue a full course in a subject. Instructors are Duke faculty members as well as highly trained Duke staff members.

The Graduate Summer Academy welcomes all doctoral and masters students at any stage of their studies and all post-doctoral fellows. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

Program Details

Courses

2020 Graduate Summer Academy Course Descriptions

The Duke Graduate Summer Academy Session II courses will be offered June 22 through July 10, 2020.

Each course meets for up to three hours per day for 1 – 2 weeks. Space permitting, participants may register for one (1) course. Waitlists will be used and students will be notified if they are moved from a waitlist to active course enrollment.

Courses are not for credit, but will appear on Duke graduate student transcripts. None of the offerings require prerequisites or assume areas of knowledge. Courses are offered online with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Instructors will emphasize interactive discussion and group activities/projects to maintain a high level of student engagement.

Cost

There will be no cost for Duke participants.

Location

All Graduate Summer Academy classes meet online/virtually. Individual class schedules are noted in the course descriptions. Meeting details will be confirmed by email or through the Graduate Academy Sakai site.

Registration

Register here!

Registration is open until June 17 at 12:00pm. For help or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

Participation, Eligibility and Enrollment

Participation in the Duke Graduate Summer Academy is open to Duke doctoral students, including Duke law and medical students, postdocs, and masters students with space filled on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration window detailed above.

Course participation will appear on Duke graduate students’ transcripts. Most classes will enroll 30 students, although some classes may be smaller or larger. Classes with fewer than 8 enrolled students will be cancelled.

Contacts and Additional Information

For questions regarding the Duke Graduate Summer Academy please contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available below and we offer the following reflections from past participants:

Registration for the 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy Session II is open until June 17, 2020 at 12:00pm for Duke doctoral students, masters students, and post-doctoral fellows. For help or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

2020 Courses

Courses are being offered in the following broad areas. Additional information and links are available in each area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you still offering the Duke Graduate Summer Academy in 2020?

We are pleased to re-launch the Duke Graduate Summer Academy in an online/virtual format for Summer 2020, after cancelling the in-person courses in light of the many uncertainties and restrictions with respect to the COVID-19 crisis, and in compliance with Duke’s announced changes to Duke-sponsored summer activities.

Please feel free to contact Amy Feistel (amy.feistel@duke.edu) with questions.

What is the Duke Graduate Summer Academy?

The Duke Graduate Summer Academy provides doctoral and masters candidates and postdoctoral scholars with the chance to explore skills that are not typically available as part of a graduate curriculum or postdoctoral program, or to get intensive exposure to an area in which they won’t have the opportunity to take a relevant semester-long course.

Each course in the Academy is a masterclass in a single topic, taught by Duke faculty members or highly trained Duke staff. The program was designed to give graduate candidates and postdocs a chance to gain practical experience that will contribute to whatever career they choose to pursue.

Why are you offering the Graduate Summer Academy?

We believe that graduate education and postdoctoral training should prepare students to make a difference in whatever career path they choose. The program was designed to give doctoral and masters candidates and postdocs a chance to gain practical experience that will contribute to whatever career they choose to pursue.

What courses are offered?

The list of course offerings and descriptions is available here.

Who can sign up?

The program is open to current doctoral and masters students and postdoctoral scholars in any field of study at Duke University.

When is it offered?

The Duke Graduate Summer Academy Session I was held May 18 – June 5, 2020. Session II courses are being offered June 22 through July 10, 2020.

Where do the classes meet?

All Graduate Summer Academy classes will meet online/virtually. Individual class schedules are noted in the course descriptions. Meeting details will be confirmed by email or through the Graduate Academy Sakai site.

How much do the classes cost?

There is no cost to Duke graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

How many classes can I take?

Space permitting, participants may register for one (1) course. Waitlists will be used and students will be notified if they are moved from a waitlist to active course enrollment.

How do I sign up?

Registration for Session II is open until 12:00pm on June 17, 2020. For help or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

What are the prerequisites?

You must be currently enrolled in a doctoral or masters program or pursuing postdoctoral training. That’s it.

I have some more questions — whom do I contact?

Contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.