International Students

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

King Chan
Apr 14, 1996

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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