Graduate Student Study Participation Solicited

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You are receiving this message because you may know graduate students enrolled in a humanities program. I, a fellow graduate student, am writing to you to invite you to either participate in my dissertation study or pass along this information to folks who might wish to participate. The purpose of this research study is to analyze the experience of being a graduate student in humanities programs across the country. It is intended to survey trends in expected norms, how well graduate students feel supported and cared for by those around them, and avenues for creativity and joy. The ultimate goal is to determine how supported graduate students feel in the wake of COVID-19 and what, if any, communities of care emerge.

This study involves a brief Qualtrics survey on mental health in graduate school and, for those interested, more in-depth semi-structured personal interviews or focus groups to be scheduled at the convenience of research participants. The survey will be distributed near the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. Interviews and/or focus groups will take place near the end of the Spring 2021 semester and will last approximately one hour. You are free to skip any questions that you would prefer not to answer or cease participation at any point in the process. You may also let me know if there are certain materials you wish to be removed from my corpus of analysis.

A copy of the consent form with additional information is included at the survey link, though I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this study and your potential participation. Following your completion of the survey, you will be asked to provide your contact information if you wish to clarify any responses or participate further through personal interview or focus group.

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this project, please send me an email at


Thank you!