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Postgraduate Students Interrupted - Research on Lockdown

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

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CMER’s PhD student, Maddy Hoffman, spoke on the ABC’s Science Friction series The Big PhD Pause - postgraduate students, COVID-19, and the next brain drain? (Science Interrupted Part 3) of the grief, lost time, loss of employment, limited options and the opportunity cost when hard decisions have to be made all within the volatility of life under COVID-19.

Maddy began her research journey last year on radioactivity in the Montebello Islands at ECU preparing for what should have been a busy year in 2020 of fieldwork, laboratory processing, networking, conferences, seminars, and the persistent hum of life doing a PhD. Then the pause as COVID-19 put the world on hold, and Maddy, along with many others, are having to navigate their options carefully. Maddy, who remains ‘…still really excited everyday’ is also very much aware of the financial and personal pressures imposed, especially on international students, voicing ‘…this really horrible decision…to preserve the integrity of the research you have dedicated your life to or surviving.’

The full interview can be sourced at The Big PhD Pause

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