It’s the beginning of a new semester. So what does that mean for grad students? Watch episode one of “The Lab” as Dave, a typical PhD student, tries to find a way to balance his research work with his social life.

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Cast: Frank R. Bailey IV, Daniela Tempesta, Walt Yao, Jonathan Tan, Jasleen Kaur, Dawn Williamson, Dave Walden, Cara Halseth, Diane Nhan, Tanveer Kahlon, Max Clough, and Phil Dundas.

Director of Photography: Jared Cheer

Written by: Suraaj Aulakh, Pam Lincez, Agatha Jassem, and Theresa Liao

Produced and Directed by: Suraaj Aulakh

Artwork by: Lauretta Yu