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In September 2020, we were all involved in the undergraduate psychology programme at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (P.W., P.V. and R.P. as final-year students pursuing an honours degree, E.C. as an instructor and A.R. as a graduate student). In any other year, the undergraduates would have spent much of the time in a laboratory working closely with researchers and graduate students on their first research projects. For those of us applying to graduate schools, the experience of writing an honours thesis would have helped to decide our career direction, as well as offering practical skills, opportunities to publish and letters of reference.