Caltech Scientist's Comic Strip Gets 3.5 Million Page Views Per Month
Dr. Cham created the comic strip while he was a graduate student at Stanford University and has published two book collections of the strip. His first book was published in 2002 and has sold over 12,000 copies. His latest book was published last year and has sold over 7,000 copies. The books are available on Amazon.com, the www.phdcomics.com website, and in campus bookstores across the country.
“Jorge Cham's humorous talk and comic strips have been a giant plus in helping graduate students acknowledge and cope with the stress they experience”
Dr. Cham's comic strip has received rave reviews in leading publications and has even been featured in the prestigious scientific journal Nature. "You'll laugh and wince at Jorge Cham's smart comic strip," writes USATODAY.com; and the Chronicle of Higher Education website has called the strip "hilarious." The comic strip has appeared in The Stanford Daily newspaper for the past eight years, and in the MIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Caltech newspapers, among others.
Dr. Cham currently splits his time between being an instructor at Caltech and touring the country lecturing and promoting his books. He has given his pep talk, titled "The Power of Procrastination," at over 50 schools this year, including Harvard, MIT, Yale and Princeton. The talk is aimed at helping stressed-out graduate students relax, and carries the main message that they are not alone in their struggles. "Jorge Cham's humorous talk and comic strips have been a giant plus in helping graduate students acknowledge and cope with the stress they experience," says Dr. Isaac Colbert, Dean of Graduate Students at MIT.
Dr. Cham was born and raised in Panama and is of Chinese descent. He received his PhD in Robotics from Stanford University and did his postdoctoral work on Neural Prosthetics at the California Institute of Technology.
For more information, visit Dr. Cham's web site at www.phdcomics.com