News & Events

Ioannis Argyridis wins award at ISMRM conference

(2012-03-29) MS student Ioannis Argyridis was awarded the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th Annual ISMRM meeting for his abstract "Quantitative Magnetic Susceptibility Mapping of the developing mouse brain." He is advised by program faculty member Chunlei Liu.

Anna Rodrigues wins student paper competition at NCHPS conference

(2012-03-16) MS student Anna Rodrigues won the student paper competition at the North Carolina Health Physics Society (NCHPS) held in Raleigh, NC. Her presentation was entitled "Dose verification in small animal dosimetry: A dose comparison between TG-61 look-up table and MOSFET method for various collimator sizes." This work was completed under her MS advisor Terry Yoshizumi.
Picture shows Anna (center) with Amy Orders (left), Assistant Director and RSO at NC State Environmental Health and Safety and organizer of the student competition, and Wendy Woehr (right), health physicist at Duke and President-Elect of NCHPS. 


Taoran Li paper honored by PMB

(2012-02-22) PhD student Taoran Li's first author paper "Adaptive prostate IGRT combining online re-optimization and re-positioning: a feasibility study," has been selected by the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology (PMB) as 1 of the 25 highlighted articles for 2011 [ext. link]. According to the journal, "The 25 articles were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees and the highest number of downloads last year." Taoran is advised by Jackie Wu PhD. This marks the 2nd year in a row that one of our students received this honor, following Andy Thomas who was on the 2010 list (see 2010 news, 1/24/2011).

Medical physics students get spooky

(2011-10-27) Kate Turner reports, "Around twelve students attended the Halloween celebration and everyone really enjoyed it. For many of the international students, it was their first time carving a pumpkin, so it was a great cultural experience as well as a nice study break! We also watched Paranormal Activity 2 and enjoyed snacks provided by the medical physics program."

Changes in MS tuition/scholarship

(2011-10-07) The following is a statement from program director Jim Dobbins:
"There are several important changes in the Masters tuition and scholarship amounts this year that benefit our students.
"First, Duke University has adopted a new flat-rate tuition model for MS students, which means that there is one tuition rate charged for each semester of full-time study rather than the previous model that charged per credit hour. This change benefits our students because it will allow courses to be taken above our mandatory 40 credit hour requirement at no additional charge. Students desiring to take additional courses will need the approval of their advisor in order to ensure that the additional courses contribute meaningfully to the student's progress. This change will mean that students can augment their curriculum according to their career interests without additional charge for extra courses.
"Second, our medical physics graduate program is increasing the average scholarship amount granted to MS students beginning in 2011-12 to offset an increase in the overall tuition rate charged by the university. Beginning this academic year, Duke University is increasing its baseline tuition rate for Masters programs to be more in line with the level of tuition charged by other comparable universities. Our graduate program has decided, however, to increase the level of our average scholarship amount for MS students to offset most of that tuition increase, so that our students will see a net tuition increase only a few percent above last year's tuition. Thus, keep in mind that the tuition level listed on the Duke Graduate School webpage is the base tuition BEFORE our graduate program's scholarships are applied. Our Masters scholarship amounts are given on a competitive basis, so that the level of scholarship depends on the strength of a given applicant's metrics; thus, not all students receive the same scholarship amount. However, our overall scholarships provided to Masters students this year will increase substantially over last year in order to offset most of the overall tuition increase by the university."