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This Week (09/25-10/1)

1. Black-Horse Start-Up Competition

2. GPSC General Assembly Meeting

3. Cover Letter Workshop

4. Humanity's Journey on Earth and Beyond

5. GPSC Football Tailgate

6. Making Small Talk Lab

7. Grad Christian Fellowship Gathering

8. DCSA 2017 Singing Contest

9. Volunteer with EGSC and Habitat for Humanity

10. Duke SciPol Student Recruitment

11. BOLD Cornerstone 1b: Mt. Mitchell!

12. Interfaith Yom Kippur Celebration

13. Shall we Dance? Let's Ballroom!

Next Week (10/2 –10/8)

1. Price Palooza!

Upcoming/Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

1. Fall GA Meeting Schedule

2. Countdown to Inuaguration! Price Palooza!

3. OneDuke Access Fund

4. Commission on memory and history

5. Sign-up for 2017 Duke Men's Basketball Grad Usher

6. Duke IHI Kickoff!

7. Provost's Graduate Student Fellowship

8. Duke-DKU Global Fellows Program

9. Climate Change Negotiations Simulation

10. CaREFREE Study

11. DSR is looking for editors!

12. Duke Grad Rugby!

13. Call for Women and Math Mentors

14. Passing the Torch Mentorship Program

15. Reserve the GPSC house for your event!

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Graduate and Professional Student Community Pantry -- NOW OPEN!
GPSC's community pantry is open to all graduate and professional students and is located at the GPSC House (306 Alexander Ave). The pantry is currently stocked with nonperishable foods, childcare items, school supplies, and gently used professional clothing and is open from 3-6 PM every Tuesday and Saturday. A valid graduate or professional Duke student ID is required for entry. If you would like to volunteer for this initiative, please contact Rashmi Joglekar at All donations are currently being accepted at our drop-off center, also located at the GPSC House.

Interested in Joining the GPSC Executive Committee? Director of Operations Position Currently Available
Please refer to our bylaws for a full description of the role. If you have experience with the General Assembly and are interested in applying for this position, please contact Stephanie Stefanski ( to arrange an informal interview.

Lawyer Assistance Program
GPSC and DSG have partnered with a local law firm to continue the Lawyer Assistance Program. Attorneys are now available for three hours every Monday from 4-7PM for the remainder of the semester. The attorneys will answer questions regarding a wide range of legal issues, including street law and police-community interactions. Sign up for a 15-minute time-slot here.

This Week (9/25–10/1)

dcssa-kunshan black-horse start-up competition
Contact: Renze Ma
Location: Berntsen classroom, Fuqua
Date : 9/25/17
Time: 1:45-4:30 pm
Cost: Free
DCSSA this year collaborates with China Kunshan government to bring to Duke campus the first DCSSA-Kunshan Black-horse Start-up Competition. This competition aims at spurring our graduate students to showcase theirselves. Click here for more info.

Stephanie Stefanski
Location : TSCHE Learning Hall 2050
Date : 09/26/17
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
GPSC's third General Assembly meeting of the fall. Dinner will be provided. We will be voting on: Committee Seating, Student Group Funding, and the GPSC Budget.

Cover letter worksHop
Contact: Jessica Tarter
Location : Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Bryan Center
Date : 09/27/17
Time : 10:30 am - 12 pm
RSVP : Yes
According to employers, job applicants who write persuasive cover letters can surge ahead in the competition for interviews. Learn a powerful structure for your cover letters and how to make the fit between what you bring and what the employer wants.

How did humans come to be on planet earth and where to next
Reza Khodayimehr
Location : Fitzpatrick Schiciano Auditorium
Date : 09/28/17
Time : 6 - 9 pm
Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke proudly presents a public speech by Dr. Firouz Naderi that traces humans' cosmic roots to present and discusses where we, or our robotic emissaries, will be headed next. More info here.

GPSC Football Tailgate: Duke vs. Miami
Contact: Sara Stevens
Location :
Grassy area next to the Card lot and Wilson Gym
Date : 09/29/17
Time : 4-7 pm
Join GPSC in cheering on Duke football before their home game against Northwestern! There will be food, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and lawn games! The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kick-off (game time is 12:00pm). Food and drinks are limited, so come early! You MUST bring your student/spouse ID for entrance, as well as your government-issued ID (US state license or ID only, passports NOT accepted) if you plan to drink beer. Feel free to bring non-student guests. Glass and liquor bottles are not permitted in the tailgate area. We will also be accepting food donations for the Food Pantry (see above), so bring canned goods along with your Duke spirit-- GO DUKE!

making small talk lab
Contact: Jessica Tarter
Location : DIBS lecture Hall, M035
Date : 09/29/17
Time : 9 - 10 am
RSVP : Yes
Small talk is an essential career skill that is important at networking events. If small talk makes you nervous or you're unsure what to talk about, come to this lab & learn how to approach the conversation and practice in a low-pressure environment.

grad christian fellowship gathering
Contact: Jonathon Yuly
Location : Duke Episcopal Center (505 Alexander)
Date : 09/29/17
Time : 6:30 pm
Roughly every other Friday during the school year, we gather as a whole GCF (always open to friends!) for dinner and some combination of prayer, worship, testimony, talks, and fellowship. Start at 6:30PM and meet at the Duke Episcopal Center.

DCSa 2017 mid-autumn festival singing contest
Contact: Zi Wang
Location : Love Auditorium LSRC
Date : 09/30/17
Time : 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Cost: Free
With the approaching of mid-autumn festival, the annual DCSA's singing contest (and the host selection) is coming. The audition will be held in Biological Science 111 on September 21th, 18:30-21:00 .

EGSC Habitat for Humanity volunteer work
Date : 09/30/17
Duke Engineering Graduate School Council (EGSC) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to bring you three opportunities to get involved with the local community. The September slots are filling up fast but we still have plenty of space in October! Click the links below to sign-up!
Duke EGSC September 30th Build Day
Duke EGSC October 7th Build Day

duke scipol student recruitment
Contact: Alexa Sutton Lawrence
Date : Interest Deadline 10/1, application deadline 10/15
Are you interested in the nexus between science and society? Want to read, analyze, and write briefs on science policy in North Carolina and the United States? If so, join the Student Writers Fall Recruitment for SciPol, Duke’s premier resource for tracking science policy in five key areas: genetics & genomics, neuroscience, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, and energy. We’re looking for student writers, social media volunteers, and interns;

bold cornerstone 1 camping and hiking trip to mt. mitchell
Contact: Jordan Kozal
Location: Mt. Mitchell State Park
Date : 9/30/17-10/1/17
Time: 6 am depart; 5 pm arrival
Cost: $40
BOLD will hike to the summit of Mt. Mitchell (6,684 ft). Highest point in the US East of the Mississippi River, 11 mile round-trip hike, 3,700 ft elevation gain) and spend the night camping in the State Park.

Interfaith Yom kippur celebration
Contact: Safa Kaleem
Location: Duke Gardens (Koi Pond)
Date : 10/1/17
Time: 5 pm
Cost: Free
Join Duke Med Interfaith as we celebrate the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! We will meet at the Duke Gardens Koi Pond for a picnic featuring traditional fare, music, and the opportunity to learn something new! Please RSVP. 

duke ballroom dance club practice
Contact: Peter Horvath
Location : Brodie Gym, Multipurpose Room
Date : 10/1/17
Time : 1:30 - 3:20 pm
Cost: Free
First practice of the newly founded Duke Ballroom Dance Club. It is open to everyone with or without dance experience. Partners are NOT required.

Next Week (10/2–10/8)

Price palooza
Contact: Jessie Stellini
Location: East Campus Quad
Date : 10/4/17
Time: 6-10 pm
Cost: Free
Price Palooza is coming! Carnival taking over East Campus Quad 10/4 6pm-10pm to welcome President Price. Sign ride waivers here:
RSVP for the inauguration Ceremony on 10/5 here:

Upcoming/Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

Fall General Assembly Meeting Schedule
Interested in becoming more involved in the graduate and professional student community? Passionate about advocating student issues on campus? Consider joining GPSC's General Assembly! The General Assembly will be meeting from 6:30-8:30PM in TSCHE Learning Hall on the following dates this semester: 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, & 11/14. Our meetings are open to all graduate and professional students. We hope you will join us! For more information, contact Stephanie Stefanski at

Oneduke Access Fund
The OneDuke Access Fund is currently under (re)construction for the new school year! Therefore, we will not be giving out any emergency mini-grants for the months of September or October. If you have any urgent needs for food, school supplies, or professional wardrobe, please visit the GPSC Community Pantry located at the GPSC House (306 Alexander Ave). We hope to re-open a new and improved Fund in November!

commission on memory and history
The Commission on Memory and History is soliciting input from the community about guidelines for appropriateness of a memorial or naming of a facility on campus, as well as options for the vacant spot in front of the Chapel. Please provide your valuable input.

Interested in being a basketball USHER?
Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of the only venues in America in which students are the primary ushering staff. If you're interested in being an usher, please follow this link: more info, contact Duke Head Ushers.

Duke IHI Kickoff!
Contact: Lauren Groskaufmanis
This year, we are excited to invite Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg to be our keynote speaker. He has dedicated his career to fostering the exchange of ideas between interdisciplinary groups on campus and healthcare quality and innovation. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, 10/18 at 5:30 pm to hear Dr. Ginsburg. RSVP here.

Provost's graduate student fellowship
Contact: Carolyn Mackman
The Provost's Office is currently seeking  1-2 graduate students for administrative internships. The positions are nine-month internships, running from September to May 31. Each internship provides an annual stipend, as well as tuition and fees.

duke-dku global fellows program
Contact: Carolyn Mackman
Duke-DKU Fellows teach 2 courses at Duke Kunshan University over a 5 month stay at DKU. Assignment of classes will be determined by Fellow sepcific expertise and DKU teaching needs. The award carries a generous stipend and additional benefits. More info, click here.

8th annual inter-university climate change negotiations
Contact: Adam Fischer
Students from across the nation will simulate the climate change negotiations scheduled to take place in Germany later this year. Each participant will represent one of the nearly 200 nations under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Saturday, October 21 from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Cost: $35, RSVP here.

Carefree study
Contact: Askia Dunnon, MD
Ongoing enrollment for the CaREFREE study. We are currently recruiting healthy female participants in a local pilot study evaluating the effect of energy availability on the female reproductive cycle. Compensation provided. 

apply to join dsr editorial board!
Contact: Duke Science Review
The Duke Science Review is seeking graduate students to serve on the Editorial Board for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year, as well as to fill other leadership positions like fundraising and interdepartmental outreach. Time commitment is flexible! Apply here!

come join duke grad rugby
Contact: Pablo Poggi and Thomas Payne
Come join Duke Grad RUGBY in the 2017-2018 season!
All experience levels wanted (Beginners, Intermediate, Veterans). Come and learn to play with us!
Practices: Mondays 8PM & Thursday 6PM at Duke West Campus Fields.

call for mentors: durham women and mathematics mentoring program
WAM links 8th grade girls with a passion for math and science to local female professionals in STEM fields. Mentors plan monthly interactions with their mentees during the spring to encourage them to pursue math and science careers. Deadline: Oct. 18 Contact: Shannon McNulty. For more info, click here.

passing the torch mentorship program
Contact: Bibi Gnagno
Passing the Torch is an undergraduate-graduate student mentorship program which seeks to connect mentors and mentees with mutual interests in hopes of facilitating the growth of an informative, supportive and mutually beneficial relationship. For more info, click here!

Need a place to host your event? GPSC has your answer!
Student groups may reserve rooms in the GPSC House, located at 306 Alexander Avenue on Central Campus. The house has a living room area, kitchen, conference room, meeting rooms and a yard. It is equipped to meet the needs of your events and meetings with an e-print station, photo printer, television, projector and some games. To reserve: Click here.

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