I'm doing chemistry undergrad research right now, and I'm pretty shocked at the hours that grad students are required to work. A lot of the groups I have seen require 6 days a week of work with 10 hour plus days, they come in on every holiday but like Thanksgiving and maybe like a few days at Christmas, and they have to come in extra on Sundays sometimes as well. I don't get why graduate school is different than any other job. What, they give you a degree at the end of it and so all of the sudden they can make you work 60+ hour weeks for half of minimum wage with no overtime? It just seems like the whole graduate school complex is built on exploitation of cheap labor, but you can't do anything about it because in order to progress in science you need a PhD. And from what I've heard, the better the school, the more time you have to put in every week. I can't think of justification for these practices. Sure, the more you work the faster you get out, but shouldn't they pay you more if you are working more? Everyone just accepts the whole "zomg it's grad school suck it up, this is special" and moves on without questioning anything. Thoughts?