Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe blogs about bad reasons for going to graduate school, citing an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that brought up the topic. Of all the bad reasons discussed -- including idealizing the college environment in the face of getting an entry-level job and preferring the validation of high grades -- the one that seems most applicable in the scientific world is hiding from the bad economy, Lowe says.

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