Graduate Students at Cornell U. Push for Right to Workers’ Compensation

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Rick Olivier for The Chronicle

Richard Pampuro bears a scar and lasting disability from an injury 
that happened in a laboratory at Cornell U. last year.

Richard Pampuro sliced his forearm on a shard of broken glass at a Cornell University protein-engineering lab in August.

The accident, which the Ph.D. student in chemical engineering says left him with several severed tendons and a destroyed ulnar artery, led graduate-student leaders to ask whether master’s and doctoral students who are injured while doing university-related work have a right to workers’ compensation.

The students think they