Multi-institutional research study of graduate student experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
NSF has funded a RAPID research project that will provide a trauma-informed basis for leaders and administrators of Graduate Schools and Colleges about how to immediately help the broadest range of graduate students during a crisis (such as COVID-19), as well as what strategies might be most effective for supporting graduate students as they decide whether to continue their degrees.
- We are looking for a broad range of graduate schools and colleges to partner with us. This would involve you sending an IRB-approved anonymous survey to all your graduate students (in all fields) via an anonymous, re-usable link. The survey will include 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. At the end of the survey students will be asked if they want to be entered in a lottery of one hundred $50 gift certificates. 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.
- Each university that is selected to participate will receive $500 to help defray any costs.
If you would like to be considered for participation, please provide us with your name, university, and email address. You will have a chance to preview the survey before you send it to your students. Please click here to participate.
- 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.