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One Year Later: The New Reality of Graduate Research in the COVID-19 World

by Kaitlyn Easson & Sai Priya Anand, Science and Policy Exchange (SPE)

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, university institutions across Canada shutdown non-essential scientific research thus creating substantial challenges for the progression of the research projects of graduate students. Despite the gradual resumption of research activities at scientific institutions last summer, the graduate student experience has not yet returned to its pre-pandemic state. This “new normal” research environment for graduate students presents a variety of challenges for both in-person research at institutional facilities and remote research from home. In this post, we look back on the past year and the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it, reflecting on the lasting alterations to the landscape of graduate research that have emerged.

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