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The University of California, San Diego, is looking into adding 1,000 PhD students, studying a variety of disciplines, to its ranks, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. The focus, though, would be on graduate students in science, engineering, and medicine.

The chancellor, Pradeep Khosla, says that such a move would bring UCSD closer in line with Berkeley and UCLA in terms of the number of graduate students, and keep UCSD as a highly ranked research school.

Khosla adds that most doctoral students could be added at little cost to the school itself as the students' tuition and stipend costs would be derived from faculty research grants. "PhD students would cost the principal investigator, but they don't cost the institution," Khosla says.

The Scan

Science Confidence Boost

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Appeal and Funds

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