Get your school to organize a PHD Event!

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  • E-mail groups on your campus that might want to sponsor the event:
    • your Graduate Student Council, Government or Association (the people who send you that weekly/quarterly newsletter).
    • your school's Events Office, Dean of Graduate Students, Graduate Student Office, Career Center, or other campus office that organizes events/workshops for students.
  • Let them know you'd like the author of "PHD Comics" to come give a talk or you'd like a screening of the PHD Movie.
  • Point them to this page for more info, and have them contact us.

What does Jorge talk about in his lecture? What is The PHD Movie? Find out below!

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Jorge Cham.

A recent survey by U.C. Berkeley found that 95% of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and over 67% have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers. In this talk, Jorge Cham recounts his experiences bringing humor into the lives of stressed out academics, examines the source of their anxieties and explores the guilt, the myth, and the power of procrastination.


“Jorge Cham's talk was humorous and helpful. His cartoon strip has been a giant plus in helping graduate students acknowledge and cope with the stress they experience."
- Isaac Colbert, Dean of Graduate Students, M.I.T.

"I've never heard so many graduate students *really* laughing at the same time!"
-Jory Zmuda Ruscio, Chair, Graduate Life Center's Speaker Series, Virginia Tech

"The message of the presentation really resonated with our students. The graduate school journey can be extremely isolating, and Jorge Cham's presentation and comics normalize the experience and provide solace and humor.“
-John Nonnamaker, Graduate Student Career Development, M.I.T.

The PHD Movie is available for public performance licenses. Need an event to cheer your students up? It's a great way for everyone to come together.

'A brainy movie with heart and soul.'
-The Times Higher Education

'I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time! Great movie!!'
-Paige, U. Wisconsin

'I really enjoyed your movie because it helped me get my academic life back in perspective.'
-Kaitlyn, Michigan Tech U.

'It was a huge success. Everyone was very positive. We even needed to add more seats to the auditorium.'
-Pieter, CERN.

'I just want to let you know that we had 1,535 students turn out. Thanks for the great movie!'
-Tim, U. Illinois

'Turner Auditorium was packed!"
-Katherine, Johns Hopkins U.

'We were surprised and overwhelmed by the popularity of this event.'
-Grad Student Social Club, U.C. Berkeley

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Winter 2006 Tour photos: Purdue Univ., Kansas State Univ., Univ. Texas Med. Branch, Univ. Illinois Urbana Champaign, Purdue Univ., Univ. Calgary
*Please note that attendance will vary significantly depending on your school.

More Testimonials
From Talk Organizers:

"Jorge Cham's talk was just terrific. I loved it and obviously so did our audience here."
-Mary Johnson, Director, Graduate Career Services, Yale University

"We had such a great turnout and I still can't believe how enthusiastic everyone was!"
-Angela Noel-Hvitved, Graduate Student Association, Rice University

"This was such a successful event for us."
-Cara Skeat, Associate Program Director, Georgia Tech Student Center

"We were so happy that we were able to pack the room! It was definitely one of the most successful events we've run!"
-Shin-Yi Lin, Chair, Graduate Student Government, Princeton University

“An excellent talk, people thoroughly enjoyed it. The Q&A session was lots of fun.”
-Sidharth Jaggi, The Caltech Y

"It was an enormous success."
-Sharon Belden, Assistant Director, Office of Career Services, Harvard University

"The crowd was so big at Cornell that they were actually hanging from the rafters... It was one of the few times I think the students really thought we 'got it right'!"
-Victoria A. Blodgett, Director, Graduate Student Life & Career Development, Cornell University

"Penn students loved him! We got lots of positive feedback."
-Julie Vick, Associate Director, Career Services, Univ. of Pennsylvania

"If you have not engaged Jorge on your campuses, do so. An exceptionally well-received program by UCLA students."
-Albert E. Aubin, Senior Associate Director, Counseling Services & Campus Relations, UCLA Career Center

"It was the most popular event we've had that didn't involve massive amounts of free food or alcohol."
-Joel, Peer Mentor, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara

From students:

"One of the funniest talks I've ever been to."
- James, U.C. Berkeley

"I can't remember when I have had as many laughs. I am sure many of our colleagues will benefit from your philosophy and shared experience."
-Damian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Your lecture was very insightful and one of the most entertaining I've heard."
-Ayan, University of Maryland

"Your talk has been the topic of conversation for the past couple of days. It was a great talk and very well delivered."
-Gelareh, University of Maryland

"Thanks again for the fun you bring into the labs and lives(!) of grad students."
-Bilal, Johns Hopkins University

"Thank you SO MUCH for signing my books and giving a wonderful talk at Yale. You made my month!"
-Robert, Yale University

"Thanks for helping us to keep a good perspective on grad life."
-Calvin, Princeton University

"You were very funny. I found myself REALLY pleased with what you had to say. I think your talk was more motivational and educational than most of the career seminars that are organized to supposedly keep us on track."
-Geoff, North Carolina State University

"It was so nice to go to your lecture and laugh for an hour about how life is for all of us. It is SO good to know that other people are in the same spot as you. It's something we often forget when we're caught up in papers and the drama of grad school."
-Betty, University of Utah

"You're taller and better looking than I expected!"
-Anna, Carnegie Mellon University

Univ. Cambridge, October 2007


Since 2005, there have been nearly 300 PHD Lectures and 600 PHD Movie Screenings all over the world, with audiences of a few dozen to a few thousand.

All 2016 Lectures
Jan 07, 2016  

U. Michigan

Feb 25, 2016  

U. Calgary

Mar 04, 2016  

IIT Kanpur

Mar 14, 2016  

U. Pittsburgh

Mar 15, 2016  

Florida State U.

Mar 17, 2016  

College of William and Mary

Mar 22, 2016  

Royal Holloway U.

Apr 05, 2016  

U. Georgia

Apr 11, 2016  

Iowa State U.

Apr 20, 2016  

Panama Entrepreneurship Conference

Apr 22, 2016  

NICHD Annual Retreat

Jun 21, 2016  

Radboud U.

Jun 28, 2016  

Graphene Now Nano Conference

Sep 08, 2016  

Milwaukee Public Museum

Oct 04, 2016  

Purdue Dawn or Doom Conference

Nov 03, 2016  

Western Univ.

All 2015 Lectures
Feb 18, 2015  

U. Chicago
Jorge Cham Q&A and screening of The PHD Movie
Logan Center

Feb 19, 2015  

Ohio State U.
Performance Hall, Ohio Union
More info

Feb 20, 2015  

Ohio State U. Hayes Research Forum
Talk topic: Science Outreach

Mar 15, 2015  

Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Annual Meeting

Petnica Science Center, Serbia
More info

Mar 16, 2015  

University of Bath
Time and location to be announced.
More info

Mar 17, 2015  

Bournemouth University
3:30pm (Free food!)
Room 708, Executive Business Centre (EBC), 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB

Mar 18, 2015  

Cardiff University
Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Mar 20, 2015  

Bristol University
Priory Road Complex Lecture Theatre
More info

Mar 27, 2015  

Duke University
Griffith Theater in the Bryan Center
More info

Apr 07, 2015  

Texas Christian Univ.
5:30-7:30 - Lecture and Signing
7:30-9:30 - PHD Movie Screening and Q&A
Sid W. Richardson Lecture Hall 3

Apr 10, 2015  

Brock Univ.
Thistle 325

Aug 28, 2015  

Super Symmetry (SUSY) Conference

Sep 15, 2015  

2nd European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop

Sep 24, 2015  


Oct 01, 2015  

U. Maryland

Oct 06, 2015  


Oct 07, 2015  

Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Oct 08, 2015  

Stanford U.

Oct 13, 2015  

Georgetown Biomedical Research Day

Oct 15, 2015  


Oct 16, 2015  

U. Missouri

Oct 21, 2015  

Karolinska Institute

Oct 22, 2015  


Oct 26, 2015  

Auburn U.

Oct 27, 2015  

Georgia Tech

Oct 28, 2015  

Harvard Medical School

Oct 29, 2015  

Harvard. U.

Oct 30, 2015  

Assoc. Biomedical Resource Facilities Core Directors Conference

Oct 31, 2015  

NAGPS Annual Conference

Nov 03, 2015  

U. Glasglow

Nov 04, 2015  

York U.

Nov 05, 2015  

U. Warwick

Nov 06, 2015  

Oxford U.

Nov 09, 2015  

Queen Mary U.

Nov 11, 2015  

U. Exeter

Nov 12, 2015  

U. Nottingham

Nov 13, 2015  

Imperial College London

Nov 18, 2015  


Nov 20, 2015  

UC Irvine

Nov 23, 2015  

U. Montreal

Dec 03, 2015  

Caltech Physics Colloquium

Dec 11, 2015  

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

All 2014 Lectures
Jan 23, 2014  

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Feb 28, 2014  

Science Online 2014

Mar 04, 2014  

St. Andrews University, Scotland
MBS Lecture Theatre (North Haugh)
More info

Mar 05, 2014  

Warwick University, UK
R0.21 Ramphal Bldg.
More info

Mar 06, 2014  

Cambridge U., UK
8 Mill Lane, Lecture Rm. 3
More info

Mar 07, 2014  

Queen Mary Uni., UK
Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace
More info

Mar 23, 2014  

Society for College and University Planning Plenary Session

Mar 27, 2014  

Michigan State U.
12:00pm and 6:00pm
Lecture: Kellog Center
Movie Screening: 1281 Anthony Hall
More info

Apr 08, 2014  

Oklahoma State U.
Student Union Little Theater
More info

Apr 23, 2014  

East Carolina U.
Hendrix Theater
More info

Jun 05, 2014  

U. of Oslo
Science Library

Jun 28, 2014  

Graduate Women in Science Annual Meeting

Univ. Minnesota

Aug 14, 2014  

Applied Superconductivity Conference

Charlotte Convention Center

Sep 17, 2014  

Nationwide Children's Hospital Annual Research Retreat

Ohio State Univ.

Sep 18, 2014  

Friedrich Miescher Inst. for Biomedical Research Annual Meeting

Pontresina, Switzerland

Sep 19, 2014  

Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie International PhD Student Symposium

Antwerp, Belgium

Oct 08, 2014  

École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal

More info

Oct 09, 2014  

McGill Univ.
Adams Auditorium, Frank Dawson Adams (FDA) Building (2nd floor)
More info

Dec 16, 2014  

Univ. Lausanne
Anthropole (Auditorium 1129)
More info

All 2013 Lectures
Jan 17, 2013  

U.C. San Francisco

Mar 11, 2013  

U. Oslo
Blindern, Kristine Bonnevies hus, Aud 3

Mar 11, 2013  

U. Bergen
Hurtigruten “MS Trollfjord”, Bergen Harbour

Mar 13, 2013  

Norwegian U. of Science and Tech. (NTNU)
Gløshaugen, Realfagsbygget, R1

Mar 14, 2013  

U. Tromso
Univeristy campus, SVHUM, B-1005

Mar 26, 2013  

NC State U.

Mar 28, 2013  

U. Connecticut

Apr 15, 2013  

Imperial College London
The Great Hall

Apr 16, 2013  

Southampton University
Building 32, Lecture Theatre 1015, Highfield Campus

Apr 17, 2013  

Cardiff U.
Julian Hodge Bldg.

Apr 18, 2013  

Portsmouth U.
Portland Building lecture theatre 1.53

Apr 26, 2013  

Memorial U. Newfoundland

Sep 17, 2013  

Penn State U.

Sep 18, 2013  

Washington College
Decker Theatre

Nov 01, 2013  

Canadian Federation of Students Grad Student Conference

Nov 09, 2013  

Public lecture in Jerusalem, Israel
Mishkenot Sha'ananim

Nov 29, 2013  

Stanford U.

All 2012 Lectures
Jan 24, 2012  

U. Michigan Centennial

Jan 26, 2012  

Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Feb 12, 2012  

Aarhus University

Feb 21, 2012  

Indiana U.

Feb 22, 2012  

U. Central Florida

Mar 01, 2012  

U. Colorado Denver

Mar 23, 2012  

U. Alabama Birmingham

Mar 27, 2012  

American Chemical Society, San Diego

Mar 28, 2012  

U. Southern California

May 14, 2012  

Intl. Conf. Robotics and Automation

Jun 05, 2012  

Vrije University

Jul 20, 2012  

IBM Watson Research Center

Sep 03, 2012  

Texas A&M U.

Sep 20, 2012  

Nature Career Expo London

Sep 28, 2012  

U. New Mexico

Oct 12, 2012  

Dalhousie U.

Oct 17, 2012  

U. Penn

Oct 27, 2012  


Nov 12, 2012  


All 2011 Lectures
Mar 30, 2011  

U. Kentucky
Memorial Hall

Mar 31, 2011  

U. Arizona
Student Union, North Ballroom

Apr 05, 2011  

U. North Texas
UNT Alumni Center

Apr 06, 2011  

Auburn U.
Science Center Auditorium, College of Science and Math

Apr 07, 2011  

U. Georgia
Tate Grand Hall

Apr 13, 2011  

Virginia Tech
Graduate Life Center Auditorium

Apr 14, 2011  

Northern Arizona U.
Wettaw Biology and Biochemistry Bldg. Auditorium

Apr 15, 2011  

Arizona State U.
Neeb Hall, Tempe campus

Apr 19, 2011  

U. Idaho
Administration Bldg. Auditorium

Apr 19, 2011  

Washington State U.

Apr 20, 2011  

North Dakota State U.
Memorial Union, Century Theater

Apr 21, 2011  

U. South Dakota
Farber Hall

Apr 22, 2011  

Texas Tech
International Culture Center

Apr 25, 2011  

U. Waterloo
Davis Centre (DC)

Apr 28, 2011  

U. Trento, Italy

ICT Doctoral School Welcome Day

May 05, 2011  

7th National Carbohydrate Symposium of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre
Ballroom/Alpine Meadows Hall

May 06, 2011  

U. Delaware
Clayton Hall

May 10, 2011  

U. Barcelona, Spain

May 12, 2011  

Karlsruhe Inst. Of Technology

May 26, 2011  

Ohio State U.

Jun 17, 2011  

Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Jun 22, 2011  

U. College London

Aug 27, 2011  

U. Texas Arlington

Sep 23, 2011  

Michigan State U.

Sep 30, 2011  

Purdue U.

Oct 08, 2011  

U. Illinois Chicago

Oct 13, 2011  

Rutgers/U. Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey

Nov 17, 2011  

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Nov 30, 2011  

NSF Engineering Research Centers Meeting

Dec 03, 2011  

Council of Scientific Society Presidents Annual Meeting

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