Questions tagged [covid-19]

Questions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on academic institutions, staff, students, and other stakeholders.

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Is it appropriate to ask prospective supervisors about how they handled the pandemic?

The question says it all but for a bit of context: Something I disliked about my former lab is how they handled the pandemic. It is important to me to work in a lab that cares about the safety of ...
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How do I job hunt as an assistant professor mid-tenure, mid pandemic?

I have decided to take a new job, mid tenure case. I am having trouble finding information about how to job hunt in academia at my mid-rank. Specifically: How to communicate my status Whether to ...
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How to cope with studying on online platforms [closed]

I would like to know about any suggestions that the community can give about coping with online school. I have both school and my coaching classes. Hence the screen time is too high and I also require ...
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What is the current vaccination regulation for international students for US universities? [closed]

Considering the elapsed time of Covid crisis, have any vaccination regulations been put into place for international students waiting to apply for masters programs in US or related research programs ...
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Is working from home a sustainable model for PhD students and academia as a whole? [closed]

I suppose it has its advantages but I’m really starting to struggle with the lack of social contact that working from home entails. I’d very much like my university to start considering options for a ...
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Why are small distractions impacting my day so much?

During the pandemic, at least the premier institutes of my country are operating in work from home mode. Since this lessens the physical activity of going around labs and classrooms daily I tried to ...
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Returning to the US as faculty during COVID [closed]

Question: I am a non-US citizen on an H1B visa trying to return from the EU (Germany) to the US to teach face-to-face classes this Fall. What are my options to get across the border as long as the ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave in the age of COVID?

I am putting together my sabbatical year plan where I hope to get a visiting (research) position in a research university in USA that will provide at least half of my salary. My field is applied ...
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Looking Ahead: What does the faculty job market for 2022 look like in *your* field? [closed]

The job market for Fall, 2022 tenure-track faculty positions can start as early as now (July, 2021) for many fields. To date, I haven't seen many articles on what the the 2021-2022 job market season ...
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Is the ability to follow online presentations now a must-have academic skill?

I was never a big fan of live online (research and technical) presentations, lectures or seminars. I'd use pre-recorded online materials when looking into a topic myself, but I was never able to ...
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Can UK universities require students to be vaccinated?

Are UK universities allowed to require their students to have the Covid-vaccination prior to attending physical teaching? Have any announced the intention to do so for the next term? Would an ...
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Ethics of asking student vaccination status

I work at a large public university in Washington state. Until recently, many buildings on campus have been closed, masks have been required, etc. Campus is now opening up, and vaccination is required ...
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I am like a stranger in the group

I don't know how to behave as a new PhD student towards the other people in my group. I started my PhD at the begining of Covid in February 2020. One week after I met the people in our group, our ...
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Could applying for pass/fail with a grade showing in the transcript affect my chances of entering a PhD program?

Because of Covid 19, we are facing multiple dilemmas regarding putting courses on pass\fail option. As an applied biology MSc student, my GPA is currently 4.10 out of 4. All of my courses are (A+) and ...
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How do researchers cope with boredom? [closed]

Pre-pandemic, I used to do research in a lab environment. The disadvantage with the lab environment is that I focus only on applied work due to continuous monitoring. Now, during the pandemic, I spend ...
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Take GRE subject test even though it's not needed (pandemic)?

For some graduate schools, they are no longer requiring the math GRE subject nor the regular GRE due to the pandemic. On UC Berkeley's admissions site, for example, they write that Is the General GRE ...
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Recommendation letter during COVID

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, I was bound to do my masters in mathematics via online mode. As a result I don't have my master's project thesis and also have less interaction with the ...
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What are issues pertaining to an online summer internship?

Background: Due to COVID-19 pandemic I'm doing my summer internship on Mathematics in online mode. I'm not sure whether this will make my resume stronger. Is it possible to get good recommendation ...
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Did any universities publish an official analysis on how successful remote learning has been during the pandemic?

Most universities around the world have now completed at least a year in remote-first mode due to the COVID pandemic. Some countries have been lucky enough to avoid/supress a major explosion of cases (...
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How will C+ and many B+ during online school affect PhD admissions? [duplicate]

I'm finishing my second year at a top research university in mathematics, and my major gpa is still a 3.99, however my grades in other subjects have suffered tremendously due to the pandemic stress ...
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How does having a PhD affect your chance of getting into a second PhD UK university in a different field UK university?

My friend has taken a unusual route in academia. She first did a bachelor and PhD in electrical engineering, fully funded by her scholarship. However, she told me that she has little interest in ...
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Will university marks/qualifications obtained during the pandemic largely through online assessment hold reduced value as we progress back to normal?

Do you think when we reach a point where students/graduates can be separated into pre-covid, during covid, post-covid, that the world - for the purposes of postgraduate admissions, employment - will ...
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Advice on grading assignments and exams during Covid Pandemic

I am TAing for an undergraduate course: "Data Structure and Algorithms". The course is attended by around 200 students consisting of second to fourth-year students of multiple disciplines. ...
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How did Russia produce a comparable COVID vaccine with inferior resources? [closed]

It seems that the Sputnik V is slightly less effective than the most effective vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech), but has some advantages as well (in particular it can be stored at higher ...
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Making friends in academia and building connections

I started a new faculty position this past fall, which also entailed moving to a new city where I don't know anyone. When I first moved here, I was excited about getting to know my colleagues, as they ...
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I cannot find relevant information to use a tool for collecting data and the author isn't responding. What do I do? [closed]

I am conducting a survey to measure the impact of social distancing on family dynamics, for which I came across a tool that fits my study perfectly. However, I am not able to find information on the ...
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Students admit illicit behavior in private communication: how should I proceed?

I am an adjunct professor at a University for a course where the students have to use a certain software "X" during the course. The software is distributed under a proprietary license; our ...
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A stunted PhD: PhD in the time of a pandemic

I'm a third year Math PhD student in the US. My concern is that my PhD is going to be stunted in the following sense: I am my advisor's only graduate student. This is not uncommon for grad students ...
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Current timeline for hiring a tenure-track position amid the pandemic

Even though there are already a lot of posts concerning the timeline for hiring a tenure track position in the US, I am curious to know the current timeline amid the COVID-19 pandemic starting 2020. ...
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Are American universities letting international students start their PhDs from their home countries? [closed]

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, not only international traveling but also obtaining visas is very difficult and sometimes impossible, depending on the country. Are American universities ...
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APA7 citation - What to use for 'location' of an online conference poster/presentation

Since there's quite a few online or virtual (i.e. not in person) conferences happening these days (e.g. the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting), what do people use for the 'Location' field in a full citation? ...
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Will graduate programs go back to GRE after COVID? [closed]

With the pandemic going on, most schools have either decided to make both GRE and its subject tests optional. In all likelihood, would there be a big chance that this is the finishing hammer for the ...
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How can I deal with students who try to steer a course (in the online setting)?

I am not a course instructor, but I am a teaching assistant for a large course in STEM in the large US school. I have been soliciting advice from students to improve the course and tutorial for the ...
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What should I do if the editorial process 'may' cost me my publication?

I have submitted a manuscript on COVID-19 to a scientific journal in mid-2020. Since then, I have not heard from the journal, although the status says 'Under Review'. As the publication is related to ...
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COVID-19 and decrease in research productivity

I wonder if there are any statistics or study analyzing the impact of isolation, teleworking due to COVID-19 pandemic on res.earchers' productivity. From the beginning of the pandemic, I really feel ...
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A graduate program has botched the current online semester. What recourse is there, if any, for the students who have paid tuition for the year? [closed]

I am writing this post on behalf of a number of students who have had a challenging experience with this past fall semester. I myself am a former graduate student who has taught 7 semesters of classes ...
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Can I quit an already started Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship to start an assistant professorship? [closed]

I received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in Europe. Now, due to the institute's lack of equipment + COVID, it seems I will be able to do barely any of the things I had planned. I have been ...
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How to put remote internship on CV

Due to the current pandemic I started working remotely on a research project several months ago under the supervision of a physics professor. Just a few days ago we finished and submitted a paper to a ...
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How can I ask to not be assigned a seat near a particular person during exams?

I'm going to write my exams next month, but since COVID-19 we have special rules on how exams should be carried out and one of them is that every student is assigned a place to sit in the examination ...
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How should I email professors regarding online research during covid-19? [duplicate]

So I've been accepted into a masters program and there is this professor that I really want to get involved with hopefully as a research assistant. And since many if not most researches are being ...
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How should a prof assign duty for a course with a discussion forum/board?

I am (with a few fellow TAs) helping a prof with an online course in STEM that has a discussion forum/board. However, it seems to me that this wasn't really thought through and now we have reached a ...
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How to know one's way around for PhD in Covid times [closed]

I'm a physics graduate student in Italy, and I'd like to continue my formation with a PhD after my thesis. I would like to consider the idea of going someplace, but the problem I encountered is I ...
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How can I deal with claims of technical difficulties for an online exam?

I was talking with some instructors, and we noticed that there is a pattern of claims about technical difficulties. I wonder if there are any rules to follow of whether to allow or don't allow ...
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Doing an individual PhD in Germany from abroad

In the next months I was planning to start an individual PhD in the Humanities at a German university. However, due to coronavirus restrictions I might not be able (or it might not be advisable) to ...
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Suggested tablets/writing pad for online teaching and giving maths lectures [closed]

I am a maths masters student, and am looking to buy a tablet/writing pad device. I will primarily be using it for writing when collaborating with a group on a paper, giving lectures/talks, and online ...
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How to welcome new PhD students/postdocs to the group during lockdown?

These days several countries (including Germany, where I am situated) are heading towards some kind of lockdown due to the Corona pandemic. Nonetheless, new group members arrive and I have the feeling ...
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How can faculty best telegraph work-life balance challenges under COVID to our administration?

Work-life balance is more challenging for faculty than ever under COVID-19. What are equitable, privacy sensitive ways to telegraph needs at the individual level? What are acceptable accommodations ...
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Should remote teaching sessions be shorter than classroom sessions?

In normal years, when I teach in a physical classroom, I teach in sessions of ~90 minutes, with ~30 minutes break. This year, all teaching is done via Zoom (in real-time), and I wonder whether I ...
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Are letterhead and signatures necessary in the LOR?

My manager (one of the recommenders) said that he is working from home for several months due to coronavirus. It will not be possible for him to give the recommendation letter on the letterhead. ...
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Postponing faculty start date due to covid and Pregnancy?

Any advice? I’m just a few weeks pregnant, due in June. I’m supposed to start a faculty position (tt - great fit) at a research intensive R1 school. Our plan had been to move back to the US in ...