summary of project


  • December 9, 2020
    Article in Inside Higher Ed

    Calm Before the Storm - The NSF’s new data on Ph.D.s earned in 2019 include some bright spots, including gains for underrepresented minority groups. But COVID-19 threatens to wreak havoc on soon-to-be and recent Ph.D.s for years to come, experts say.

  • December 3, 2020
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  • September 4, 2020
    Article in Science Magazine

    As the pandemic erodes grad student mental health, academics sound the alarm    
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NSF funded a RAPID research project to provide a trauma-informed basis for leaders and administrators of Graduate Schools and Colleges

  • how to immediately help the broadest range of graduate students during a crisis (such as COVID-19)
  • what strategies might be most effective for supporting graduate students as they decide whether to continue their degrees

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions here

 The survey includes four sets of questions:
  1. reports of graduate students' experiences during the pandemic
  2. their perspectives of institutional support at various levels
  3. their educational and career plans, and
  4. demographics.

Students will also be invited to participate in paid virtual focus groups. Participating universities will also be asked to provide our qualitative research team with some of their communication pieces with students.

Thank you from Drs. Rachel Smith & Rosemary Perez, Iowa State University; Sarah Rodriguez, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Kelly Knight, Colter Ellis, & Craig Ogilvie, Montana State University.