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Director of Graduate Studies
Jeff Chase (
Office hours: MF 2:00-3:00 (D306 LSRC)
Graduate Program Administrator
Diane Riggs (
Office hours: open-door policy

Useful resources for our graduate students:

What are the rules for earning graduate degrees in CS?

A Message from the DGS

Being DGS gives me an opportunity to work directly with our department's most valuable resource: our students. It enables me to play a central role in fullfilling a key element of the department's mission: to produce graduates trained for leadership roles in industry, government, and academia.

In the Fall of 2000, the Department conducted a survey of students regarding the role of the DGS. The results of this survey indicate that students have widely varying expectations of the DGS. These ranged from "stay out of my way" to "meet with every student at least once a month".

The DGS plays an important role in helping students to navigate the sometimes difficult path through graduate school to productive and satisfying careers. If you are a CS graduate student, I am here to help you. I am easy to reach and I am available to discuss issues that concern you. I will work hard to ensure that you receive clear communication regarding department policies that affect you, and that these policies are fair and reasonable and consistently applied. In addition, the DGS is the primary advisor for first-year graduate students, and is responsible for the CPS 300 course. Finally, the DGS oversees the graduate program budget, represents our graduate program in its interactions with the University and the Graduate School, and oversees the graduate admissions process.

With that said, I ask to recognize that my work as DGS is additive to my other duties as a faculty member. I receive no additional compensation and no reduction in my teaching load as DGS. Like many faculty, I have a research group to run, with 7-9 students depending on me as a primary research advisor. The University and my colleagues judge me by my research output and the success of my students, and not by my service as DGS.

I could not afford the time to serve as DGS without the assistance of our extremely capable Graduate Program Administrator, Diane Riggs. Diane handles many of the most important functions of the DGS office. We hope that students and faculty will make an effort to understand Diane's role and mine, and to try to make both our jobs easier by observing the following guidelines in your interactions with the DGS office:

As DGS, I am committed to continuing to improve the effectiveness of our graduate program and the quality of the graduate student experience here in Duke Computer Science. Let me know how I can help you.