Student scientists, athletes and artists miss opportunities when learning moves online

Graduate students face deadlines with dramatic consequences. Connor Strobel, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of California, Irvine, has had the fieldwork for his dissertation interrupted, in a program that limits his stipend to only a certain number of years. “If I exceed that, I’ll still be a student but I would be responsible for the tuition and the fees,” Strobel said. The publication of his earlier research also may be delayed, affecting his chances at academic job openings that mostly arise in the fall. “In some ways, being laid off is more clarifying,” Strobel said. “We’re in this sort of purgatory of transitioning the coursework and transitioning the projects. It’s sort of this prolonged limbo.”