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PhD Comics

PhD Comics- short for 'Piled Higher and Deeper' - describes itself as "the ongoing chronicle of life (or the lack thereof) in grad school" and pokes sharp-eyed, observant, good-humored fun at grad students, research and procrastination.

The author, Jorge Cham, earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, and was a full-time instructor and researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 2003-2005. He's done research publications on robots and brain-machine interfaces.

The strip has appeared in The Stanford Daily for the past nine years, and in the MIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Caltech newspapers, among other publications - including the journal Nature.

He did a 4-part "on the road series," called Collisions in which he visited the grounds of CERN. Horrors! Get a taste of his observations below.

Originally published on September 9, 2008. Image courtesy "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham, www.phdcomics.com

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