Tips for making progress towards your degree during the COVID-19 crisis
Thank you for your resilience, grit, and patience during this very challenging time. The Graduate School is working with a variety of campus partners to develop accommodations to help you during this crisis. We are still in the process of developing some of those accommodations but you can find the completed ones on our COVID-19 webpage.
Despite the accommodations, it will be challenging for some students to maintain the levels of productivity that they have become accustomed to and to meet the very high standards they have set for themselves. Please recognize that you are facing extraordinary circumstances that are beyond your control. Many of us (not just students) are learning to adjust expectations of ourselves to match what we can realistically accomplish during this challenging time.
- Below are some suggested activities that may help you to maintain some productivity.
- Remember that the UNC Office of Research considers laboratory-based research that is necessary for a graduate student who intends to complete their degree by December 2020 to be critical research activity. Your PI can apply for an exception that will allow you limited access to your laboratory to complete your experiments, if you plan to complete your degree by December 2020.
- Please be generous with yourself and recognize that you may have to adjust your expectations. I encourage you to join one of our Wellness or Social Circles where we talk about stress management, coping strategies, and things The Graduate School can do to help you get through this crisis.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about other ways The Graduate School can help.
Ways to Stay Productive
- Stay in contact with your advisor/ research group through frequent Zoom meetings, emails, etc.
- Data analysis
- Develop a computational/ virtual strategy that complements the face-to-face/ wet-lab approaches you are already using
- Write a review article with an eye towards publishing and using it as the basis for the dissertation/thesis introduction
- Get caught up on the literature that you’ve missed
- Work on manuscript/dissertation/thesis figures
- Work on a fellowship
- Review/ help write your advisor’s proposals
- Review proposals and manuscripts for your peers
- Finally write that manuscript
- Get those dissertation/thesis revisions done and back to mentor
- Investigate potential postdoctoral training opportunities
- Revisit or develop your Individual Development Plan https://myidp.sciencecareers.org https://www.imaginephd.com
- Develop/ refine your Linked In (or other) profile and use to further develop your professional network