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Grad students coping under COVID-19

Through vlogs, students share their frustrations and the silver linings they’ve found while self-isolating.| Short Read

Grad school is tough. Continuing grad school during a pandemic is even tougher.

Six grad students at University of Michigan Engineering tell about their changing reality under the pandemic. Research is delayed, personal plans to graduate before age 30 may be shot, and staying focused at home poses new challenges. And yet they also find silver linings that could get them through this. 

University of Michigan Engineering recruited the six graduate students at the beginning of 2020. When COVID-19 hit the United States, the vloggers switched their focus, which until that point had been covering grad school topics such as how to find funding as a student from a lower socioeconomic background and how to maintain mental health

Now that so much has changed, they’re using the platform to connect with their academic community and beyond, bringing a conviction and candor that helps  connect us all.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read