Graduate Student Groups

Duke Engineering Organizations

Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC)

The Duke Engineering Graduate Student Council represents all engineering master's and PhD students, and works to welcome new students into the community. EGSC events include the Friday afternoon "Pratt & Chat" (held at Duke Engineering's own Irish-themed eatery, Twinnie's), service outreach activities such as Habitat for Humanity, and the annual school-wide Envisioning The Invisible Photo Contest.

PhD Plus Professional Development

The PhD Plus Professional Development Program helps engineering PhD students prepare for career success. Members of PhD Plus are invited to summer workshops, innovative seminars and professional networking opportunities — and have access to internship resources. Membership is free and open to all Duke Engineering PhD students. Learn more about PhD Plus

Departmental Student Associations

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

The Biomedical Engineering Association of Master's Students (BEAMS), is a BME master's student-led group that encourages interaction among master's students, faculty and master's alumni. BEAMS organizes events for BME master's students that range from the fun and social to one-on-one professional preparation experiences such as mentoring.

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 department resources, 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 includes Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students from across each CEE study track. Members of SAGE are nominated by their respective lab groups — which 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.

Duke University Organizations

Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

The Duke University Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC – pronounced gyp-sy) advocates for all graduate and professional students, and builds community among this diverse population. All Duke graduate and professional students are automatic members of GPSC.

Bouchet Society

The Bouchet Society further strengthens the efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students in achieving their career goals in science research and education, and encourages values that 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 enhances the Duke experience for black graduate and professional students through social events, multicultural 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 our hometown of Durham, North Carolina, and beyond. Students gain experience beyond the classroom in a collaborative environment while strengthening the work of changemakers at the intersection of technology, business, and public policy.

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.

Engineering 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)

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. Among several activities throughout the year, the Duke Chapter of ASCE takes part in the concrete canoe competition at the annual Carolina Conference.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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. Duke University’s section of ASME was chartered in 1935.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

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)

The IEEE and its predecessor organizations 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 an interest in electrical engineering or related fields.

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)

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 Research 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 of Women Engineers (SWE)

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. Duke 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.