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Departmental Undergraduate Groups

A Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a group of concentrators who meet regularly to create a sense of community within an academic department. DUGs help students make and strengthen connections with other concentrators, professors, and concentrator alums; provide a means for first- and second-year students to explore various concentrations; and enable concentrators to find direction regarding potential career opportunities related to their disciplines.

What do DUGs do?

DUGs organize and hold events related to the discipline, participate in faculty searches and alumni relations, assist with concentration fairs, bring in guest speakers, conduct open forums, start newsletters, produce white papers…. The possibilities are endless!

That sounds fun! How do I get involved with a DUG?

There are many DUGs on campus representing a broad number of concentrations. First, check the focal point website at: to see if your department has a DUG with a website.

If a DUG doesn’t exist YOU should start one yourself! Contact the DUG Student Coordinator,  Peggy Chang (, or Dean Besenia Rodriguez ( with questions about starting DUGs.

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