03/31/20 | 10:30 am | Clarification of GSBS Student Research Policy
An email went out last week from the Office of the Vice-President for Research (VPR) regarding the institutional position on research as it relates to our graduate student trainees and COVID-19. The salient points related to graduate students in the laboratory are as follows:
- There is no institutional mandate to halt basic science research, although there is a mandate that requires all research laboratories to implement, with no exceptions, safe COVID-deterrent practices including distancing, PPE, etc.
- Research trainees that wish to continue their benchwork can do so while practicing mandated safety guidelines.
- Those trainees that choose to take this time to work remotely should communicate this to the PI as well as to Dr. Nicquet Blake in the GSBS Dean’s Office.
- In those cases where students make the decision to work remotely, mentors and trainees should also discuss and implement activities that can still continue to move the science and training forward such as reading the literature, writing proposals/dissertations (if appropriate), on-line courses, etc.
Thanks to all for your understanding and compassion.
David S. Weiss, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences