FAR FEWER SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
New Graduate Fellowships Relieve Some Pressure
By Diane Manuel
ichelle Coleman spent more sleepless nights than she cares to
remember during her first year as a graduate student in experimental physics. To
qualify for a research and teaching funding package from her department, she had to take
three intensive physics and math courses each quarter, in addition to putting in 8 hours
of work each week in a research group and doing another 12 hours of tutorial work. It all
added up to 80 hours on the job each week, with only four or five hours of sleep per
night. By the third quarter, discouraged and convinced that she was on the verge of
flunking out, Coleman went to see Walter E. Meyerhof, who was then chair of the
admissions committee for physics.
Michele Coleman tapped many sources to support her graduate
He said, What would help? If you didnt have to teach this quarter?
And I said, Yes!
So he talked to the right people and found some research funding and got me excused from
teaching for one quarter. And he gave me tremendous