Student Groups

Student Government

Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC)

The EGSC, established in 2004, is dedicating to representing the interests and concerns of the graduate students of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. EGSC works to facilitate the integration of new graduate students and to promote social and academic interaction among fellow graduate students. The EGSC organizes weekly 'Pratt & Chat' social events at Twinnie's (Duke Engineering's own Irish pub), as well as the annual school-wide Envisioning The Invisible Photo Contest.

Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) is an important resource for incoming and returning students both in the areas of academic and administrative concerns but also as a social network. GPSC (pronounced gyp-sy) advocates for the needs of all graduate and professional students and seeks to build community among this diverse population. GPSC meets biweekly to address student concerns and issues raised by the administration. Graduate and professional student are automatic members of GPSC.

Departmental Student Associations

BME: Biomedical Engineering Association of Master's Students (BEAMS)

The Biomedical Engineering Association of Master's Students, also known as BEAMS, is a master's student-led group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering that provides support for and encourages interaction among BME master's students, faculty and master's alumni. BEAMS organizes events for BME master's students that range from the fun and social, such as a trip to an autumn corn maze, to one-on-one experiences such as mentoring for incoming master's students.

BME: PhD Student Association (BEPSA)

BEPSA's mission is to give a voice to the BME PhD student body. The organization facilitates communication between students and faculty, connects students to resources available within the department, and advocates for the department within and outside of the university.

CEE: Students Advocating for Graduate Education (SAGE)

The Students Advocating for Graduate Education (SAGE) committee is composed of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students across each study track. Members of SAGE are personally nominated from their respective lab groups, which helps make SAGE an inclusive representation of the department.

MEMS: Graduate Student Committee

The Duke MEMS Graduate Student Committee works with the department's director of graduate studies to recruit, educate and promote the graduate students within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Examples of committee activities include graduate seminar series, an annual retreat, social hours, and special social events for MEMS graduate students.

Graduate Student Organizations

Bouchet Society

The Bouchet Society hopes to further strengthen the efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students in achieving their career goals in science research and education, and to encourage values that will promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences in honor of its namesake Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a PhD from an American university.

Black Graduate & Professional Student Association (BGPSA)

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association exists to enhance the Duke experience for minorities through social events, multi-cultural programming, career and community service and scholarship.

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI)

DISI convenes interdisciplinary graduate student teams that provide pro bono consulting and technology services to social organizations in Durham and beyond. Students gain experience beyond the classroom in a collaborative environment while strengthening the work of change makers at the intersection of technology, business, and public policy.


Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a national student society dedicated to fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in STEM fields. oSTEM fulfills its mission through mentorship connections, networking opportunities, strategic collaborations, and professional/leadership development.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

WiSE is a network of women graduate students and post-doctoral associates working to improve the climate for women in science, and serves as a liaison between women science and engineering students and the administration, and sponsors events in which women faculty members and students in science and engineering can come together and share experiences and ideas for change. WiSE is affiliated with the Duke University Women's Center and is supported by grants from the Office of Student Affairs and the Graduate and Professional Student Council.

Professional Societies

American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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The ASCE, founded more than 150 years ago, is dedicated to setting a course for both the Society and the profession that will ready civil engineers for the challenges of the 21st century. The Duke Chapter of ASCE is an active group that takes part in the yearly concrete canoe competition (among others) at the annual Carolina Conference.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

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The BMES, founded in 1968, is dedicated to promoting the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization. The BMES chapter at Duke will help you understand and stay abreast of major advances in biomedical engineering.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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The IEEE and its predecessors, the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) and the IRE(Institute of Radio Engineers), date to 1884. IEEE is dedicated to pursuing scientific and educational activities to advance the theory and practice of electrical engineering, electronics, radio and the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences. Duke's IEEE Student Branch is open to any student with a genuine interest in electrical engineering and/or its related fields (e.g. computer science, biomedical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, etc.).

Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an organization of materials researchers from academia, industry, and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. The MRS a dynamic, interactive, global community of materials researchers to advance technical excellence by providing a framework in which the materials disciplines can convene, collaborate, integrate and advocate.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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Founded in 1971, NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The Duke Society of Black Engineers focuses on not only increasing the number of successful minority engineers at Duke University, but on growing a network among students, alumni, and other undergraduate engineers within the Triangle area.

Optical Society of America

Founded in 1916, the Optical Society of America (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.

Society for Biomaterials

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The Society For Biomaterials is a professional society which promotes advances in biomedical materials research and development by encouragement of cooperative educational programs, clinical applications, and professional standards in the biomaterials field. Biomaterials scientists and engineers study cells, their components, complex tissues and organs and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials and implanted prosthetic devices, as well as develop and characterize the materials used to measure, restore, and improve physiologic function, and enhance survival and quality of life.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.


SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving approximately 180,000 constituents from more than 170 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.