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Published in Science, v. 262 (Dec. 24, 1993): p. 1954. Copyright 1993, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and used by permission.


Jay Hegde (Letters, 29 Oct., p. 637) asserts that “science students enter graduate school for the wrong reasons” when they seek “wholesale tuition waivers and stipends.” The implication is that students, with their sights set only on the big bucks they’ll rake in as graduate students, disregard that they may be unemployed after receiving their doctorate because of the lack of professional-level positions. Anyone who has gone through graduate school on a tuition waiver and stipend knows that big bucks it ain’t, so that is unlikely to be the major reason someone chooses to continue his or her education...