Congratulations on your admission to the Duke Statistical Science MS program. Once you are admitted and you have accepted admission (matriculated) into the program, you should receive a Duke ID. All students having the Duke ID will receive resources on basic math and statistics topics that they should go through prior to their bootcamp. The students will be assessed on their understanding of the materials on the first day of the Bootcamp.
All matriculated students should plan on attending the 8-day MS Bootcamp (required) prior to graduate orientation. Bootcamp materials will be provided to the students in advance. The Bootcamp consists of both theory and practice (examples) on distributions, linear algebra, probability, calculus and inference.
See graduate school admitted students checklist: https://gradschool.duke.edu/admissions/admitted-students
FALL 2019 BOOTCAMP DATES: AUGUST 11 (SUNDAY) - AUGUST 19 (MONDAY)
FALL 2019 ORIENTATION DATES: AUGUST 20 (TUESDAY) - AUGUST 23 (FRIDAY)
Within two to three days after your matriculation, you should receive a netID from Duke Office of Information Technology. Please let the MS Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) know as soon as you receive your netID. We can send you an invitation to join the Statistical Science Master's Slack group where the first and second year students participate to discuss various topics including career, research, teaching assistantship, housing, departmental and other university events, and fun activities. Additionally, you will receive study resources to go through prior to Bootcamp.
Current Student Advice to Admitted Students
"The Faculty at the Duke Statistics Department have created an environment in which students seeking to be challenged will mature as statisticians and professionals. As a first semester student, be sure to immerse yourself in the academic community, within and outside of the Statistics department. Begin preparing as early as possible by developing sharp calculus and linear algebra skills with an emphasis on probability and statistical modeling."
Sam Voisin (Class of 2020, GCC member)
“If I were to give one piece of advice to incoming students it would be to prepare and review linear algebra and math stats prior to entering the program. Coming from an recent industry position, I found it challenging to understand certain topics I hadn’t seen in years. In hindsight, preparing beforehand would have certainly helped me follow the topics covered in first half of the semester better – instead I found myself playing catch-up for the first couple of weeks."
Eduardo Coronado Sroka (Class of 2020)
Each student who matriculates will have a formal academic advisor (faculty) and an informal second year MSS student mentor. The matriculated students should make sure to meet with their mentors at least once a month (if not more) to discuss their course plans, career plans and what to expect during their two years at Duke and the department.