Graduate Student and Postdoc Guidance

For information regarding graduate classes, programs, and defenses/examinations, please visit the Graduate School’s Coronavirus Information page

At present, all research is severely restricted in all Duke on-campus and leased facilities. Only hands-on activity essential to ongoing coronavirus research, completion of crucial experiments that were already in progress, and preserving the future viability of all other research programs are permitted in laboratory buildings. Key individuals who have been assigned to maintain essential experiments/activities are the only personnel that may enter research facilities at this time. 

The safety of Duke’s trainees is fundamental to our research and educational mission. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are partners in our research activities and may voluntarily agree to be designated as key/essential individuals. However, it is unacceptable for them to be pressured into this role or designated without consultation. Any trainee uncomfortable with performing an essential role as assigned by their faculty mentor should immediately contact research leadership. A list of research leadership contacts for all of Duke's schools, centers, and institutes can be found here

As research activities continue from a distance, our first priority is your health and well-being. Please adopt the broad use of online communications tools so that you are able to work remotely. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate together the COVID-19 response period.