Thesis during a pandemic

At RSO, we will do our best to find you a thesis topic that can be executed during the current pandemic. Many of our students travel abroad to do their thesis and regard this time as a highlight of their master programme. But we have to be very cautious and flexible now and be ready to adapt thesis plans. For now we have designed the following plan that will set students up for a safe and sound thesis project.

  1. Students planning to do a thesis with RSO have to book an intake meeting with education coordinator Jessica de Koning as earliest as possible. Book your appointment via this link.
  2. Students make a plan for their thesis especiallyregarding the travel abroad. This plan is based on the following information and should be discussed with supervisor before proceding to the proposal phase:
    1. Checking the WUR COVID-19 guidelines and updatesregarding travel advice and what to do with potential study delays. This website gives you information on the planning and possibilities (logistics) of your thesis.
    2. Check the travel information: go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the status of the country, click herefor a general overview and here for the travel advice per country. Please note that no student is allowed to go to an orange-coded or red-coded country (at this moment no WUR travel is allowed until 1 august 2020). The WUR  Travel Policy for Students  also gives concrete information and steps to be taken. These sources of information prepare you for possibilities to travel and also how to travel securely (if you get the approval to leave for the field).
    3. Make a plan B that includes no travel and/or methods that do not allow for social distancing.

Brightspace Thesis skills – our online support platform

To support thesis students, we have created an online learning platform on Brightspace called Thesis Skills. We have added a section in thesis skills on how to proceed with a thesis during the pandemic and also included an overview of methods that allows you to do research under the current restrictions. If you want to be added to Thesis Skills, you can sent Jessica de Koning an email with your name and your supervisor.