Jesse H. Ausubel's Opinion page article regarding Ph.D. education in the United States ( The Scientist, Feb. 5, 1996, page 11) was interesting. However, I don't agree with his generalized view that foreign students preferring to remain in the U.S. will accept slow progression to the degree and a succession of low-paying postdocs.

Almost all of the more than 100 foreign graduate students in different areas I have known work very hard and try to finish their degrees sooner, whether preferring to remain in the U.S. or not. Many of them accept low-paying postdocs not simply because they would stay in the U.S. longer; instead, they just want to learn more.

King Chan
1080 Carlton Court, Apt. 1B
Frederick, Md. 21702

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