Featuring Curated Opportunities & Resources for the LIFE Community
Featuring Curated Opportunities & Resources for the LIFE Community
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Curated Opportunities & Resources

for the LIFE Community 

DukeLIFE is an office in Undergraduate Education dedicated to supporting the academic excellence of all undergrads who are highly aided and first-generation college students. 
In this edition of our newsletter, we feature:
  • Ways to connect with the DukeLIFE director
  • An opportunity to work with DukeLIFE as an ASCEND Coach this summer
  • How to view the DukeLIFE Resource Library
  • The return of weekly study hours
  • Information about the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) for 1st year students
  • An invitation to dinner with FGLI Duke alum and other current students
  • Link to the recording for "Should I Go to Graduate School" Duke First office hours session
  • University resources for community-building & belonging

    Connect with the Director of DukeLIFE

    Did you know that Dr. Ford holds office hours? These are opportunities to check in, ask questions, or discuss anything on your mind. She'd love to see you!

    Tuesdays, 3-5 PM or email her for an appointment
    Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, 2nd Floor, B227 

    Apply to be an ASCEND Coach!

    DukeLIFE is hiring several ASCEND coaches for the summer. 

    The ASCEND program, now in its second year, is a virtual summer program that helps incoming 1st-year students excel in Duke STEM courses, especially math.  The coaches are the heart of the program and help students acclimate to Duke. If you are looking for a flexible summer job that you can do from anywhere in the U.S., this could be a great fit for you! 
    Contact Ana Ramirez if you have any questions. The priority deadline to apply is February 15. 
    Apply Now

    Seniors, Save the Date!

    DukeLIFE seniors graduating in spring or fall 2023 are invited to participate in the cording ceremony and recieve a white cord to wear during graduation. The ceremony features speeches from faculty, recent alum, and DukeLIFE student leaders. 

    Looking for something?

    In addition to the lending library in Perkins 318, DukeLIFE also maintains a small selection of books, textbooks, and more items from recent classes. Scan the QR code to see what's available.  

    Back on Feb 1: Weekly Study Hours 

    Be sure to use the QR code on the bookshelf to check in and let us know what kinds of snacks you'd like to see. 

    BSURF Application Deadline Approaching

    Are you a first-year student interested in the biological sciences? BSURF is an opportunity to gain laboratory research experience under the supervision of a faculty member this summer.
    The coordinators are very interested in receiving applications from LIFE students, so please do apply if you're interested! 

    Invitation from Duke First: Attend the Resilience Dinner

    Saturday, February 18, 2023
    5-8 PM
    Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center
    The evening will bring together the rich diversity of Duke's FGLI community--undergraduates, graduate/professional school students, alumni, allies, faculty, and administrators--for a fun, relaxed, and casual event (there is no dress code, just be yourself--you will be among friends). 
    We will start with networking--students will change tables during the session to increase connections. We'll then follow with a strolling supper for even more interactions. 
    Register Now

    Office Hours On Demand: "Should I go to Grad School?"

    A panel of alumni from Duke First came together in November for an insightful conversation about how to determine whether graduate school is the right path for you. Check it out now! 

    View the Recording

    Spotlight on Resources for Community & Belonging 

    Check out our website to learn about resources related to academic support, career exporation & preparation, community & belonging, and wellness & basic needs. 

    How can I find other 1G/LI students?
    • Join the DukeLIFE student organization! They host programs and provide community space, resources, and advocacy for the 1G/LI community. 
    • Sign up to be a LIFE Peer Mentor during your sophomore, junior, or senior year. We'll match you with incoming students based on your shared academic and personal interests so that you can share your wisdom and help them navigate Duke. You'll also connect with the larger LIFE Peer Mentor community during meet ups. 
    How do I find 1G/LI faculty? 
    • DukeLIFE maintains a directory of faculty who identity as being first-generation and/or lower-income. All of these faculty members are delighted to connect with LIFE students. 
    How do I find 1G/LI Duke alumni? 
    • Duke First is the alumni network for first-generation and/or lower-income Duke graduates. They are eager to connect with current students to offer guidance and mentorship navigating Duke (and the world beyond). 
    Is there a dedicate space for LIFE students to study or just relax? 
    • Yes! The DukeLIFE spaace is in Perkins Library room 318. It is affectionately called the Living Room. All LIFE students can use their Duke Cards to enter the space. It is open during library hours. 
    How do I find communities that reflect my identities? 
    • Check out the cultural and identity spaces in Campus Life. These centers offer physical space for students to be in community with each other, identity exploration programs, and education and advocacy workshops. Our identities are intersectonal, so you might find a few different spaces that feel like home. 

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