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October 30, 2017



Join the Graduate School tonight for 'The PHD Movie 2'

By Kelsey Peterson

The PHD Movie 2

Graduate students and faculty will get the chance to laugh at graduate education and academic life together. "The PHD Movie 2" will show at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in 1109 DUE, the Engineering Hall Auditorium. 

Take a research, scholarly and creative activities and discovery break and join the Graduate School for movie night. The movie is a live-action adaptation of the popular web comic strip by Jorge Cham

According to IMDB, "The PHD Movie 2" is "A comedy about life (or the lack thereof) in academia. Two young scientists (a quantum physicist and a molecular biologist) search for significance in the high stakes work of academic research." The movie was filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology and features real scientists and researchers. Watch a trailer.

Jorge Cham, creator of movie and the PHD Comics, will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 31, to provide an interactive professional development workshop "Discovery and Communicating Your Research", from 1-3 p.m. in 121 Eisenhower Hall for graduate students. Learn more about the workshop by visiting the Graduate Student Council website.

Following the professional development workshop, Cham will offer the lecture "The Power of Procrastination/The Science Gap" at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in 1109 DUE, the Engineering Hall Auditorium. A recent survey by University of California, Berkeley, found that 95 percent of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and more than 67 percent have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers.

In this talk, Cham will recount his experiences bringing humor into the lives of stressed out academics, examine the source of their anxieties and explore the guilt, the myth, and the power of procrastination. A book signing will follow the lecture.

The PHD Comics and Cham's visit is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School.

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