The COVID-19 pandemic posed daunting challenges to those pursuing scientific careers this year, so it’s no surprise that it took center stage in stories published by Science Careers. Some of those stories are now months old, but the issues—limited job openings, obstacles for parents, mental health concerns—remain front of mind for many. And the pandemic wasn’t the only story of the year. Here’s a look back at some headlines from an eventful 12 months.
In February, we reported on progress made—and gaps that remain—in university policies and procedures.
Data from the early months of the pandemic quantified lost work hours and productivity.
Our survey of spring and summer virtual meetings showed that most saw higher—and perhaps more diverse—attendance than in previous years.
In June, we reported on a new wrinkle to the “GRExit” movement, spurred by the pandemic.
Two surveys conducted over the summer put numbers to the issue.
Our analysis of job boards during the fall application season revealed that STEM postings were down by about 70%.
In a year of racial unrest, social media events celebrating Black scientists took off.
Each week we publish a personal essay in our Working Life series. These were the year’s most read pieces.