So far, 160 UMD students have defended their dissertations virtually.
They can opt to receive normal letter grades, though, just like undergraduate students.
They're lobbying for unionization rights for graduate workers at this university.
In the era of Trump's travel ban, and heightened tensions with Iran, background checks can be a struggle for Iranian students seeking jobs.
“I don’t think we need to keep waiting,” one student said.
The school announced the change last week.
The resolution was authored by a mother of three.
Fewer than 20 graduate students applied to run for a position.
Part 2 of a series on problems facing graduate students, and how to combat them.
Part 1 of a two-part look into this complex and often fraught relationship.