The graduate school years are the best of times and the worst of times. Scientists often look back at these years as a period when they could finally focus on their favorite subject. Yet graduate school in a life science requires such time-consuming and intense research efforts that life can include little else. This can create difficulties for students over age 30, who are more likely than their younger counterparts to have families.
FAMILY TIES: Elizabeth Luna, who has mentored older Ph.D. students, notes that having children creates extra demands on one's time.