Coronavirus Conversations: Surviving and Thriving As A STEM Graduate Student During The Pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Being a graduate student in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline is always challenging and stressful. How do they stresses and challenges increase during a pandemic, when students abruptly find themselves unable to go into their lab or do their field work? How can graduate students adapt to these additional challenges, and what can advisors and graduate schools do to support them during these challenging times? Are new opportunities for STEM graduate students arising during the pandemic, and if so, how can grad students take advantage of these opportunities?

Join Duke Science & Society as they discuss the unique challenges of STEM graduate school work during a global pandemic.


Alexandra Kralick is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate, studying Biological Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies human evolution and you can follow her on Twitter: @BioAnthFunFacts.

Susanna Harris, Ph.D., is a recent graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill in Microbiology. While in grad school she started PhD Balance to support/promote mental health and well being for grad students. Follow her on Twitter: @SusannaLHarris.

Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development in The Graduate School at Duke University and the Director of the Duke Graduate School Emerging Leader Institute and Professional Development Series.


Jory Weintraub, Ph.D., Science Communication Program Director, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Initiative for Science & Society

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