The year 2020 seems to be longer than anyone can remember due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. In this episode, we tried to address the issues that we, as researchers, face and how to deal with them; as well as, how it is affecting current and future students? 

Discussions on:

- From the stress of publishing in this times to getting grants

- From the rejections from grad schools to reduced or vanished research funding

We hope to shed some light and provide some ways to help our listeners. 

Here are some of the cool resources for you to check out:

1) Skype a Scientist: With schools shut down, parents are turning to virtual learning options to keep their children busy. Consider signing up for platforms, like Skype A Scientist, where you’ll be matched with families who want to hear about your field of expertise.

2) Donate your computing power: Folding@Home is running simulations to better understand the COVID19 coronavirus, including its structure and how it folds.

3) Pre-print publications: Platforms such as the Outbreak Science Rapid PREreviewbioRxiv and medRxiv are currently receiving a massive influx of pre-prints related to COVID-19. Consider reading through submissions, providing feedback, and flagging any concerns.


Your intrepid hosts are four PhD scientists that have gotten their PhDs in different scientific fields and schools; and all come from varied and disparate backgrounds to get different points of view in order to best bring you “the real PhDeal”. Your hosts are Dr. Luis (Lou) Estevez - PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (Cornell University), Elizabeth Kautz - PhD in Materials Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Elias Nakouzi - PhD in Physical Chemistry (Florida State University), and Rajan Patel - PhD in Chemical Engineering (Missouri University of Science & Technology).


Join us each week (new podcasts drop Monday) as we try our best to handle various topics involved in pursuing a STEM PhD and try and give our best advice, stories, strategies and mutual commiseration of choosing this career path


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