Duke-Sloan Boot Camp – Deadline July 12th!

Each September, The Duke-Sloan and Pratt School of Engineering Graduate Boot Camp brings to Duke talented undergraduates in chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and statistical science. The Boot Camp will encourage participants to think critically about their research interests and skills, provide practical strategies for the graduate admissions process, and introduce participants to Duke’s Sloan departments.

2019 Duke-Sloan Boot CampThe 2019 Boot Camp will be held September 5-7. The application period  will open soon and will close July 12 at 5 p.m. Selected students will be notified by July 31.

Duke is dedicated to and benefits from a student population diverse in background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and work and life experiences that contributes to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university. The Boot Camp is part of the university’s efforts to foster an intellectually and demographically diverse environment that supports creativity, innovation, and a strong sense of community.

September 2019 Boot Camp Details

  • Dates: Participants arrive Thursday, September 5. The Boot Camp will be held on Friday, September 6. Participants will depart on the morning of Saturday, September 7.
  • Tentative Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Duke University West Campus
  • Cost: Workshop expenses, including travel expenses, lodging, and meals, will be paid for by The Graduate School, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Duke University Center for Exemplary Mentoring.

Boot Camp participants will receive in-depth information on these topics and more:

  • How do I know if graduate school is for me?
  • What is the difference between a master’s and a Ph.D. and the career opportunities for each path?
  • The graduate school admission process and how to develop a competitive application
  • Duke graduate programs and research opportunities
  • Duke Graduate school funding and fellowship opportunities
  • Summer research opportunities at Duke
  • Meet faculty and students in your research interests
  • Participate in campus tours


Boot Camp attendees will be selected in a competitive process based on academic curriculum and performance, as well as their commitment to research.

Application Dates

  • Apply by: July 12, 2019, 5 p.m.
  • Submit faculty recommendations by: July 19, 2019
  • Selected students notified by: July 31, 2019


  • Must be available for full workshop on Friday, September 6, 2019.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA or above.
  • This workshop is intended for students from racial, ethnic, and gender groups historically underrepresented in computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistical science, and engineering. These groups include female/female-identifying students, and students from African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American racial/ethnic groups.
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and statistical science, or related STEM field.
  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2018-19 academic year.

To Apply

Complete the online application by July 12, 2019, at 5 p.m. As part of the application, you will be asked to:

  • Submit up to two faculty members from whom we can request recommendations that can speak to your potential in a research/academic environment (one required)
  • Submit an unofficial transcript from current institution

Complete Online Application Now


By Chalvonna Smith Teachey
Chalvonna Smith Teachey Director