How the pandemic is changing STEM education

Some labs have shifted their research toward more online-friendly topics like data analysis. That might not be such a bad thing, says Elizabeth Crook, a professor of Earth System Science at UC Irvine. Crook has already seen more interest in her GIS classes and research, which translates better to an online format than traditional lab or field classes do, and presents more job opportunities to students. As long as the university is providing the same amount of mentorship opportunities through internships or research programs, she says, students can learn as much studying remotely as they would have in person.