PHDigest: April 2021
PHDigest: April 2021
PHDigest: A monthly e-newsletter for doctoral students in the social sciences 
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A monthly e-newsletter for doctoral students in the social sciences
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Welcome to the April 2021 issue of PHDigest, a monthly e-newsletter focused on doctoral students in the social sciences. Each month we'll give you the scoop on events, news, career advice, workshops, and more. 
This month, we are spotlighting Jared Clemons who is completing a PhD in Political Science and also has ties to African & African American Studies and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He'll also be joining a new Bass Connections team: Race and New Southern Politics, a project that will replicate and extend Matthews and Prothro to study the “New South” and will investigate the effects of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests today.

Be sure to check out the short video with Professor Yi (Daniel) Xu, where he covers tips on how to make the most of your time at Duke and be successful.
Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Student Spotlight

Jared Clemons
PhD Candidate

Political Science
Studying the politics of social justice. 

Jared focuses on Behavior and Identity and Race and Ethnic Politics. His research interests include better understanding Black political attitudes (outside of partisan affiliation) while exploring the social, economic and political issues that Black Americans conceive as being a part of the "Black agenda." Jared is also interested in the ways in which Black persons reconcile individual interests with their commitment to the perceived interests of the group, and how these trade-offs manifest politically. | Read more
Student Research


Let's take a look at what some of our social science PhD students are doing these days.
Be sure to reach out or follow if you are interested in their research.
Collaborating, connecting, and networking are critical to success. 

Joshua Strayhorn, History
Joshua's research interests include 20th century African American history as well as Latin American and Caribbean history. | Joshua
Crystal Peoples, Sociology
Crystal's research is fundamentally concerned with racialized social networks and how they are used to help create, maintain, and reproduce racial inequalities. | Crystal
Maxwell Elliott, Psychology & Neuroscience
Max is interested in further understanding the structure of mental illness through investigating the interacting relationships between genes, environment and the brain. | Max
Learning from listening to podcasts

Read & Listen

Explorations of Style
Offers readers an ongoing discussion of the challenges of academic writing. The ability to formulate and clarify our thoughts is central to the academic enterprise; this blog discusses strategies to improve the process of expressing our research in writing. | Blog

PhDs Benefit When Universities Track Metrics and Outcomes
I entered graduate school assuming that the vast majority of PhDs go into tenure-track faculty positions. It didn’t take long for me to realize that that assumption was inaccurate, but then I was left to wonder: Where do alumni go for jobs? | Read


Duke Graduate Academy
The Graduate Academy welcomes all doctoral, master’s and professional students at any stage of their studies and all postdoctoral fellows. *No prereqs
Offered May 17 – 28 and June 7 – 18, 2021 | Register
NC Master's & Doctoral Virtual Career Fair
Employers from a wide variety of organizations recruiting for internship, full-time, and fellowships–both domestic and international are registered (and continue to register) for this exciting event–Open to all Master's and PhD students, Postdocs, and Graduate Student Alumni. Collaboration between six outstanding NC graduate schools to showcase their advanced degree candidates with two years or less to completion of their degree. 
October 2021 | Save the Date

& Funding 

Summer 2021: External and Internal Opportunities for Duke PhD Students
A limited number of experiential fellowships with external organizations are available by application. The partner organizations will offer three-month summer internship experiences for PhD students. Interested students should search the opportunities to match both skills/background and research interests.
Deadline: April 21, 2021 | Apply today 

2021-2022 Duke Graduate School Fellowships
The Duke Graduate School offers a number of fellowships for continuing PhD students, including fellowships that provide full support for the academic year, summer research fellowships for the summer, teaching fellowships, and dissertation research travel awards.
Application period: March-May 2021 | Learn more
Rubenstein Library Student Assistant 
In support of the Rubenstein Library’s Anti-Racist Roadmap, this position will help carry out a project to identify, analyze, and remediate potentially harmful language in catalog records and other online descriptions of special collections materials.
May-July 2021 | Learn more

Fun Fact

More people visit France than any other country
More people want to visit France than any other country in the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization In 2017, the European country welcomed 86.9 million people. Spain was the second-most popular destination with 81.8 million visitors, followed by the United States (76.9 million), China (60.7 million), and Italy (58.3 million). La vie est belle!
Professor Yi (Daniel) Xu: 5 pieces of advice under 5 minutes.
Professor Yi (Daniel) Xu offers five pieces of advice for PhD candidates in the social sciences at Duke University. He is Professor of Economics as well as the Director of the Triangle Research Data Center.
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