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Collaborative Research and Mentorship in the Era of COVID: A Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Graduate students and postdocs are integral parts of multidisciplinary research teams at Duke. Like faculty, they work closely with and mentor undergraduate researchers. Undeterred by the pandemic, graduate students and postdocs found new ways to connect with students last summer. At this virtual roundtable, we will hear from graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher who took collaborative research online. Panelists will reflect on their experiences organizing remote symposia and serving on remote research teams such as Bass Connections, Data+, and Story+. Panelists will reflect on their experiences serving on remote research and symposium teams in summer 2020 and participate in an informal discussion on mentorship and teamwork during these uncertain times.

Andrew Carr, Courtney Allen Crumpler, Nicole Eitzen Delgado, Catarina Martinez, Dubie Toa-KwapongPanelists:

Andrew Carr (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology) who led the Data+ team “Predictive Churn Models for Duke Season Ticket Holders and Annual Donors”

Courtney Allen Crumpler (M.F.A. candidate in Dance) who co-led a team of summer curators for the exhibit “Black Lives Matter Brazil-USA: The Global Fight for Breath

Nicole Eitzen Delgado, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow in Latino/a Studies in the Global South), who co-organized a virtual symposium on COVID-19’s impact on Latinx communities

Catarina Martinez (M.E.M. student in Environmental Management) who led a Bass Connections team on “Improving Food Security”

Dubie Toa-Kwapong (Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology) who led the Story+ team “Unearthing Root Causes of Migration Through Our Stories

Gray F. Kidd, Ph.D. candidate in History, will serve as moderator.

This event is sponsored by The Graduate School and is part of the Mentoring and Communication Series co-sponsored with the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact The Graduate School’s professional development team at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity
  • Teaching and Mentoring
  • Core Competencies
  • Master's Series