Piled Higher and Deeper

Synopsis: Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. 'Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)' is a live-action adaptation of the popular web comic strip by Jorge Cham. With humor and heart, the film follows the personal journeys of two graduate students as they struggle to find their place in the confusing (and often hilarious) world of high-stakes Academic research. Along the way, they learn that the academic journey is as much about finding truth in books and experiments as it is about finding truth in yourself. Filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the film features real scientists and researchers (including two MacArthur 'genius' award recipients).
Genre: Comedy, Drama
67 min

She is being considered for a faculty position at Berkeley right now.

Ok. Computer Science: how did we get away with calling it science?

Um, hello Professor. Um, uh, I was taking a look

at some of your papers, and I think that I might...

...be able...uh...

Who are you?

Oh, I'm uh-- I'm uh, a grad student--

[loud snoring]

...and I, uh...

Back in my days, we did not have sixty-four bits.

Not even six bits. We barely had one bit.

And, we did all experiments--everything!--with zero only.

And, it upsampled both ways, left and right.

Yes, I would love to take you as my Ph. D. student.


Absolutely. Your coursework and experience are perfect for my research interests.

Well that, uh, that's great. I cannot tell you how hard--

Unfortunately, I just got denied tenure.


They're kicking me out! I guess getting published

in the journal Science and landing a fifteen-million-dollar contract

isn't enough around here.


Ok, granted, it was only the Letters section, and I was

the fourteenth co-author on that grant.

Anyways, I'm moving to the middle of the country

to work for a third-tier institution.

I can bring you with me if you like!


Uh, Miss T. A.?

Oh, just call me Cecilia.

Uh, yeah. Hey, can I get an extension?

On what?

The homework...

We haven't assigned any yet. It's the first day of class.

Oh, um, then can I get an extension on the extension?

I suppose... Why? Is something the matter?

Uhh...well, I'm just kind of, uh...

...super busy right now. I've got, uh, classes and stuff.

Yeah, of course. No problem. I'm here to help you guys.

"Oh captain, my captain!"


Hey, uh, can I get an extension?

I guess--are you super busy too?

Yeah, kinda. My boyfriend just proposed to me!

And we all went out to celebrate.

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Jorge Cham

Jorge Gabriel Cham (Spanish: [ˈxorxe]) (born May 1976) is a cartoonist and roboticist best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics). Cham was born in Panama and lives in the United States, where he started drawing PhD Comics as a graduate student at Stanford University. He has since been syndicated in several university newspapers and in four published book collections. He was featured on NPR on December 20, 2010. With physicist Daniel Whiteson, he is the coauthor of We Have No Idea (2017), a book about unsolved problems in physics. more…

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