Neurobiology Events

Annual Retreat

The Neurobiology Graduate Program retreat is held each fall at a scenic and relaxing venue in North Carolina. Destinations include the beach and the mountains, both of which are in close striking distance from Duke University. The formal scientific component of the retreat includes a distinguished guest speaker, faculty, postdoc and student talks, and several poster sessions. Informal components of the retreat include casual scientific discussions, a student-hosted dinner for the guest speaker, highly anticipated student and faculty skits, live music, and heavy socializing.

Graduate Student Recruitment (January)

30-40 student applicants visit the Neurobiology Department for interviews, campus tours, presentations, and discussions. All current students and training faculty meet with the student applicants during an evening dinner.

Basic Science Day – Duke School of Medicine (September)

The School of Medicine's Basic Science Day brings together faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate Basic Science research and the vast and diverse array of activities taking place across our campus, and to encourage collaborations.

Neuroscience Career Lunch (monthly)

The Neurobiology Department sponsors a professional development series for its graduate students and postdocs.  For 4-5 of the sessions taking place throughout the year, professionals with post-graduate training in neuroscience/neurobiology, who have successfully followed a variety of career paths, are invited to talk about their jobs over lunch.

Neurobiology Happy Hour (every Friday 5:15pm)

Students, postdocs, and faculty enjoy drinks while reflecting on their weeks.

Bill Hall Prize Reception (September - last day of Bootcamp).

The Department sponsors an Annual Fall Reception to welcome new colleagues and students, and reconnect after the summer. During the reception, the Bill Hall Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research is awarded. This annual award was established in 2013 by Terry Wu, a former postdoctoral student of Bill Hall. 

Annual DIBS/Neurobiology Holiday Party (December)

The Neurobiology community celebrates the end of the year with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music.