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The commitment necessary to achieve this Ievel of dedication should begin in graduate school. It has been noted by MacKinnon 10 and Zuckerman 13 that auctor-level researchers experience aesthetic satisfaction from their work. Creative researchers find beauty in science and in solutions to problems. Their commitment is fastered by gratification experienced after proving hypotheses through personally designed and conducted (or directed) experimentation. Shortly before his death, the Nobellaureate in physics Richard Feynman 14 spoke fondly of the psychic satisfaction derived from some of his more important research: "I went on to work out the equations on wobbles.

14. 15. 21 ity and Discovery: Scientists and Their Work (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1981). A. Roe, A psychological study of eminent biologists, Psychology Monograph 65 (331) (1951). D. W. MacKinnon, The nature and nurture of creative talent, American Psychologist 17 (1962), pp. 484-495. P. L. Dion, An interview with Dr. William Julius Wilson, Graduate and Professional Student News (Washington State University) (October 1988), p. 5. Thornton Wilder, Author dies, Austin American Statesman 62 (134) (1975), p.

The teaching responsibilities may range from grading papers to teaching in one or more courses. Before accepting a teaching assistantship find out what specific duties are required. Some depart- 32 CHAPTER3 ments aremoreflexible than others with time commitments. Research assistantships, like teaching assistantships, typically involve half-time appointments. Research assistantships are developed through grant funds and require commitment to a specific project. The grantholder or principal investigator may or may not be your advisor.

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