Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs)

What is a DUG? Why join one or become a DUG Leader?

Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a group of concentrators or certificate members that plans events and activities to build a sense of community within the concentration.

A DUG needs at least one student leader working with a faculty member (DUG sponsor) and the academic department's manager/coordinator. 

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 the concentrations; and enable concentrators to explore high-impact learning opportunities as juniors/seniors, and career pathways related to their field(s) of study. 

Stay tuned for the DUG Leader Training every Fall Semester.

For changes to the DUG Leader(s) for your concentration listed in Focal Point, (Undergraduate Concentration website) email [email protected] and please fill out this form. 

What do DUGS do?

DUGs organize events ranging from study breaks for concentrators, meals or teas with faculty members, field trips to relevant sites (such as museums or documentary screenings), panels with guest speakers, workshops with alumni, capstone/thesis celebrations, movie nights, and more!

Some ideas for in-person or virtual events or community-building activities include: meet-and-greets with faculty; guided tours of department-affliated spaces (e.g., libraries or museums) or research labs; career event with alums; an event for pre-concentrators; raffle prizes such as journals or books by faculty in the concentration.

For help with event planning, visit the SAO Event Planning Guide, the Virtual Events Planning Guide from University Events and Conference Services, or email the DUG Co-Coordinators at [email protected].

Additionally, most concentrations expect that a member of the DUG will be at their table for the Concentration Fair for sophomores. 

How do I get involved with a DUG?

Please contact the DUG leaders of the group you are interested in. If your concentration does not have a DUG and you are interested in starting one, please contact the concentration's Director of Undergraduate Studies and [email protected].

DUG Program Overall Learning Goals:

  • Facilitate building relationships among prospective concentrators/certificate members, current concentrators/certificate members, and faculty within a concentration/certificate program.
  • Provide meaningful academic and personal experiences through diverse and innovative student-centered programming.