Mission Statement

The DIBS Graduate Student Consortium comprises a broad coalition of graduate students from departments and programs across Duke that are related to neuroscience. The mission of the Consortium is to unite graduate students who study the brain and behavior in various disciplines to share academic ideas, grow together professionally and personally, engage in outreach to spread awareness of neuroscience, and also socialize and have a little fun in the process. The Consortium is headed by a Leadership Committee who meet once a month to plan and organize events in pursuit of this mission, including academic, professional development (both in and outside academia), personal wellness, outreach, science communication, and social events. We also have an email list with over 225 students from across DIBS that we use to publicize our events.


We’d love for you to get involved in planning and organizing the events that YOU want see! Please email to connect with us.


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Leadership Committee


Upcoming Spring 2019 Events


Wednesday, March 13

5:30-6:30 p.m., DIBS Cube Team Rooms

Faculty Debate! Greg Field and Kevin Franks, Duke Neurobiology, debate “Which system is best for understanding sensory processing and perception in general?”


Sunday, March 24

12-4 p.m., DIBS Cube

DIBS Discovery Day Outreach Event! Come lead activities and teach neuroscience to children and adults from the local Triangle community. Advance sign-up required; please contact by March 17. Volunteers get cool DIBS t-shirts!


Wednesday, April 17

5-6 p.m., DIBS Cube Team Rooms

Wine, Whiskey, & Wisdom with Dale Purves

Enjoy snacks and drinks while chatting with Professor Dale Purves about his storied life and career in neuroscience


Thursday, April 25

3-5 p.m., CCN Conference Room, LSRC B240

Improv Workshop with DIBS Alum Vishnu ‘Deepu’ Murty

Learn and practice how improv can help you become a better scientist!


End-of-Year Social Event

Date, time, and location TBD

Come mix and mingle and say goodbye to the semester with your fellow graduate students!

Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program

Duke's graduate Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP) offers interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge research on higher brain functions; students rotate through three labs, choosing from more than 40 possible training faculty in more than ten different departments, before affiliating with the department through which they will pursue their Ph.D.


The graduate program in neurobiology at Duke is an interdepartmental program for students to pursue the Ph.D. degree with 42 faculty mentors in 13 different departments.

Psychology & Neuroscience

Graduate training in psychology & neuroscience at Duke provides students with exceptional opportunities to examine mind, brain and behavior at different levels of analysis.

Bioethics & Science Policy

This program teaches students how to identify, analyze and propose solutions to a myriad of complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics and policy.

Duke Biology


Duke Biology offers diverse training opportunities for students seeking a Ph.D. in biological sciences.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Consistently ranked one of the top five biomedical engineering programs in the U.S., Duke biomedical engineering prepares graduates to be leaders in industry and academia.

Cell & Molecular Biology

Cell & Molecular Biology

Duke's cell & molecular biology training program grew from a biochemistry training program that was highly interdisciplinary and included all the departments of the basic biological sciences at Duke.

Duke Computer Science

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Duke is an internationally recognized leader in research and education where student work on innovative and cutting-edge research programs, and graduates are regularly recruited to top industry and academic institutions.

Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program

Duke's Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program is a predoctoral training program which prepares students for research careers in environmental health, awarding interdepartmental and multidisciplinary Ph.D.s.

Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

The Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke is consistently ranked as having one of the top pharmacology graduate programs in the nation, with its focus on preparing individuals for a career in independent research.


In addition to their own Ph.D. program, philosophy at Duke offers joint J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. programs with the law school and offers certificates in Philosophy of Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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