What are PODs, you ask?
Well, let me explain…
We have separated the incoming class into small groups or PODS. Groups were assigned randomly i.e. not by program area, background, gender, professional interests, etc. Second year/returning student volunteers will serve as the small group (or POD) leaders during Fall Orientation Week. Your POD leaders will be here to welcome you on the first day of Orientation Week, join the academic advising sessions and have been invited to attend lunches and social outings. Now that you have been separated into smaller groups, we hope that you will take this opportunity to get to know other incoming students and your group leader. You will have many opportunities to both meet with and interact with students within your program area. However, we’re hoping that your POD experience will provide you with an early opportunity to expand your academic, professional and personal networks. Throughout Orientation Week, your POD leader, will be available via email, and in-person to answer any questions that you may have about the Nicholas School, Duke University and the Durham area. They want to be a resource for you and help provide guidance that will make your transition into graduate school as smooth as possible.
>> 2018 POD assignments will be shared summer 2018.