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FAR FEWER SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
New Graduate Fellowships Relieve Some Pressure

By Diane Manuel


M
 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
studyMichele Coleman tapped many sources to support her graduate study.

“He said, ‘What would help? If you didn’t 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

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