Questions tagged [covid-19]

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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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Mitigating Circumstances for dissertation - being charged extra fees [closed]

I am doing an MSc in Maths. I had my exams in May/June. However, with my thesis where I need face2face supervision, I contacted the college and was told to submit a mitigating circumstances form. The ...
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Journal for publishing COVID-19 research [closed]

I got some really good results, put papers on medrXiv and code on github, it's getting attention. The solution is prediction of COVID-19 vs Common Pneumonia vs Control from chest CT scans using ...
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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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Would a single F in masters prevent me from getting in a good PhD Program? [duplicate]

So, long story, here's my situation: I have an undergraduate degree from mathematics with barely a 3.0GPA. After I graduated, I worked in insurance for a little bit and then decided to pursue a ...
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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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What can I do if I am penalized in online exam due to no fault of mine? [closed]

My college is conducting exams online on their own portal that they built specifically for this purpose. Last week I gave a classtest and am shocked to see that I have been awarded 6/10 despite all my ...
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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 ...
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How can I join a university class conducted online as a non-matriculating student during COVID-19?

I'd like to join a class at a university, as a non-matriculated student, that I can participate in online, due to COVID-19. I already have a PhD (in a technical field), and am looking to take a class ...
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Are we focusing too much on cheating with online courses?

Recently, the online calculus class I TA for took their first test of the semester and the grades were horrific. Granted, this is my first semester as a TA so my expectations might have been high. ...
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How to properly describe experience in exchange program in Statement of Purpose in Master Application?

I went to the international exchange program in a top CS university in Hong Kong, during 2020 spring, when the world was suffering from the pandemic. The Covid-19 affected the exchange program and ...
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How to gracefully step back from academic administration duties during the pandemic?

I am a tenured professor who holds some administrative positions (e.g., graduate director) in exchange for teaching reduction. I had previously asked about the administrative tasks consuming all my ...
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Am I allowed to give a gift to a fellow student for helping me in a very direct way?

Due to the COVID situation our lab course only allows one of two students in a partnership to run an experiment during a session while the other observes via Zoom. I can't make it to the next session ...
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Should Professors use COVID as Discussion Board Material?

I am not a professor, but I work at a Community College. I work with students directly (basically a tutor) and someone asked me a question that I didn't know how to respond: Is it appropriate for ...
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Alternative ways to use lecture time when only one quarter of the students can attend?

In the upcoming semester, we are going to organise and hold a beginner’s lecture with some peculiar restrictions (due to the COVID-19 crisis): We can use a lecture hall at two 90-minute slots per ...
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Chances of getting admitted to USA universities for Fall 2021 [closed]

As I see, a lot of students have already deferred their Fall 2020 applications to Fall 2021 next year due to Covid 19. In this scenario, does this mean that, the fresh applicants for Fall 2021 will ...
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How can I deal with being pressured by my department to pass students who failed?

Due to COVID-19, I have found myself teaching a course online. I worked with the university teaching center to transition the course online, prepared an online classroom, and updated the requirements ...
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Do instructors have the right to know how many students test positive for COVID-19?

My university tests every student. So they have the data. I can understand that for privacy, the names of the students who tested positive are not released to the public or the instructors. But do ...
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Advice for first time mathematics TA during the COVID-19 pandemic [closed]

I'm set to start my first year as a TA at a large R1 institution. My teaching assignment consists of being a TA for an honors calculus I section. This includes holding a weekly problem solving session ...
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When to leave a postdoc as foreigner that doesn't have enough courage because of current global situation? [closed]

so i joined a postdoc in US six months back. Had to move from India. Even after six months have no clue what im working on how to proceed with work. I make suggestions to the PI but he shoots them ...
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What is the academic job market going to be like in September-November 2020? [closed]

Is there any good reason to be optimistic? I have the impression that this may be the worst job market year in the past ten years. Edit to be more specific: I am referring to hiring grad students, ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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Should I apply for a second masters degree (PSI master's program) after already having done a dual degree in physics?

I am a master's student in India, supposed to apply for PhD applications this year. However, I am still unsure of what I want to pursue in my PhD program. Meanwhile, I came across PSI's one-year ...
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How to report a misconduct in methods in an article published by a top journal anonymously?

I found a potential wrong application of machine learning validation methods in one paper recently published in Nature Energy, which is the best energy journal (>50 impact factors). The authors ...
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Will taking unpaid leave hurt tenure process?

I am in the last year of my tenure clock and will be submitting my tenure package this Fall. However, I will not be able to teach on campus this Fall partly due to COVID-19 disruption (school closing ...
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How does the lockdown affect the application and admission processes in the Western Europe, Scandinavia, and the US?

I am about to submit my PhD thesis and thus my studentship will terminate. Along with my studentship, naturally, my scholarship and my stipend also will be gone. I have some savings, but I doubt I can ...
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Choosing between institutes amid a pandemic [closed]

I have been offered an admit at a institute closer to my house. I also have the option to upgrade to a slightly better institute which is more than 1000 miles away from my home. Although classes will ...
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May F1 students with a US PhD receive their stipend if they leave the country? [closed]

I am considering returning to my home country since my PhD classes are being offered optionally online (which means we can take them both in person or online) for the fall semester, and the US state I ...
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With GRE not being accepted or being considered optional due to Covid, which other aspects of application will be given heavier weightage? [closed]

Due to COVID-19 many universities (at least many Physics departments) are not accepting or are considering the GRE as optional. So, which other aspects of my application might be given heavier ...
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Best practices to teach while wearing a mask

The title of the question pretty much says it all: starting Fall 2020, my university should resume face-to-face classes, requiring that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors […] wear an ...
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Posting commentary papers to preprint repositories

Short version: We noticed a problematic but influential preprint, wrote a commentary paper to criticize and rebut it, but were not able to post the comment to any public preprint repository. In this ...
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What are best practices for reducing cheating in online tests? [closed]

I would like to know how can universities conduct exams of mathematical subjects during coronavirus. My university is not willing to let us be tested from afar because of the claim that in this case, ...
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What is the fair way to grade in this pandemic?

I am a second-year student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. There's been a lot of discussions among students and faculty in my institute regarding the grading system to be ...
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Outreach activities in the COVID era

All the outreach activities planned this year for my project have been cancelled due to COVID-19 disruptions. These include Summer math camp for high school students and seminar in local high schools. ...
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Missed registration deadline that was not announced for second exam of a course, how should I proceed?

I am an undergraduate student in Germany. Due to scheduling problems I couldn't attend an exam last semester. Subsequently, because of COVID-19, the date for the second exam was unknown. To register ...
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Should I choose a “Pass” grade instead of a letter grade due to the study disruption during the Covid-19? [closed]

I understand this question has been asked in this forum. But I still want to have some advice on my case. I am current a research master student in one of the top universities in Canada. In the last ...
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Is there a repository for copyrighted academic video lectures?

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread out everybody’s moving to teach online. Would it be possible to post online my video lectures, without sacrificing copyrights, i.e. posting them with a warranty that (...
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What will replace math exams in 2020/21 given covid-19? [closed]

A lot of universities are expecting not to be able to run in-person exams for at least part of the 2020/21 academic year. I believe, for example, that no UK universities is currently planning to hold ...