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Chemical engineering graduate students explain how they adjusted to COVID-19

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IMAGE:  Graduate Student Reggie Evans vlog during pandemic

“I think this is a good break to focus on yourself and make sure you’re staying healthy,” Reginald “Reggie” Evans says directly to an unseen camera.  

Evans, a PhD student in Associate Professor Greg Thurber’s lab, is sitting in a room filled with items in varying shades of white, but it’s not the bright whites most viewers would expect to see in a university laboratory. 

That’s because Evans filmed inside his home, reflecting on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected his research and, more broadly, his life after the University of Michigan suspended all noncritical research for the spring semester.

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IMAGE:  Graduate Student Christine Rice

Evans joins Christina Rice, a ChE Master’s student and Mechanical Engineering PhD student, and four other U-M Engineering graduate students in a video where Engineering graduate students explained how they adjusted to changes required under COVID-19 protective measures.

The video is a part of a new Michigan Engineering vlog series, #GradStudentExplains, in which the six students shared their personalities and their perspectives on life as a graduate student. 

Watch our graduate students share how they adapted to COVID-19.

Watch all vlogs from Reggie Evans (Greg Thurber Lab, ChE PhD student)

Watch all vlogs from Christina Rice (Ronald Larson Lab, ChE MSE student)


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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.

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