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Report Paints Grim Outlook for Young Ph.D.s

Science  11 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5383, pp. 1584
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5383.1584a

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A report released this week by the National Research Council argues that the supply of newly minted Ph.D.s in the life sciences vastly outstrips the availability of desirable jobs, stating that young life scientists these days are trapped for years in low-paid and transitory postdoc positions. To trim the swelling Ph.D. ranks, it calls on universities to freeze the size of their graduate programs and to develop no new ones "except under rare and special circumstances."