Graduate Students

The Ph.D. Student's Ticking Clock

One graduate cohort at Brown U. shows the challenges universities face as they try to reduce the years it takes to earn a doctorate

Lucio Villa

Elena Gonzales and her son, Emmett, who was born while she was in the midst of her dissertation. Ms. Gonzales, who expects to receive her doctorate 
by December, says she owes her progress in part to the financial support of her husband. “It drives home for me how privileged I am,” she says.
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The bill wasn’t that much as far as medical tabs go: $3,274. But when Robyn Schroeder learned that her Brown University health insurance would not cover the cost to remove three wisdom teeth, it set off what she calls her "odyssey of various jobs."

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