Data collection delays & online defense ceremonies

It is clear that the corona crisis has a major impact on many PhD projects. Experiments and other data collection moments have to be cancelled or postponed, our clinical PhD candidates are working on the frontlines to fight this crisis, and others might be faced with challenging stay-at-home situations.

Our PhD candidates are advised to get in touch with their supervisors to discuss how the situation is affecting their project, and what measures can be taken. We know that each project is different and asks for different measures and strategies. In case you wish to discuss any questions about your situation, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Of course, in any crisis there is also good news. In this SHE communicates you can read about two highly successful recent PhD defenses that were broadcasted through livestream. The next SHE PhD defense, by Meredith Giuliani on May 19, will be fully online, in accordance with these new UM guidelines on PhD defense ceremonies in coronavirus times:

We hope many of you will be able to join Meredith’s defense online.

Keep well everyone,

Janneke Frambach, PhD coordinator

Jeroen van Merrienboer SHE Research Director