Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Dissertation

About Navigating the Dissertation

Navigating the Dissertation seeks to help doctoral students be successful in the dissertation process through workshops, resources, dissertation groups, and Dissertation Boot Camp. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Library offers a great many workshops to help in the research and dissertation process. 

Career Services offers extensive programming to help doctoral students transfer their skills to the academic and non-academic job market process.


RESCHEDULED: Handling the Stress of the Dissertation for People of Color

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Dissertation writing can be stressful! Especially if you're a student of color!

 Even the most self-assured students are worried at the prospect of completing their dissertation and navigating academic institutions.

You’re Not Alone.

Come to the Handling the Stress of the Dissertation Workshop, specifically addressing the experiences of People of Color. Dr. Marilia Marien from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) will facilitate the discussion.

Lunch will be provided. Please note that the event has been rescheduled to 3/28!

Fellowship 101 with CURF

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

CURF is Penn’s advising hub and institutional endorser for fellowships like the Fulbright Award, the Boren Fellowship, and numerous other opportunities for which graduate students are eligible.  Join us for this information session with CURF advisors to learn more about opportunities like these and the services CURF provides in support of fellowship applicants.


Lunch provided! 


Celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Donuts and Coffee Break!

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us to celebrate YOU during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We'll provide delicious donuts (including vegan options!) and coffee--come out and take a break with Grad Center staff and fellow students. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Grad School Hacks!

Friday, April 07, 2017, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 303 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for a series of half hour workshops on topics on how to improve your life and work in graduate school! Sessions include:

  • Reference management software
  • Productivity apps
  • Budgeting on a stipend
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Managing your committee
  • ...and more!

The sessions are led by staff at the University of Pennsylvania as well as fellow graduate students. Coffee and tea will be provided in between each session. Please join us for the happy hour that follows in the first floor common room of the Grad Center, at 4 pm.

Navigating Series Happy Hour

Friday, April 07, 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

You've worked hard... Sometimes you just need a break! Come join us for happy hour. Free beer and wine served to those over 21. Free snacks for everyone.

Writing Days

Writing Mondays and Writing Consultations 

Mondays 1-5pm l Grad Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room 

  • Having trouble with your paper, proposal, or thesis?

  • Feeling stressed out and isolated?

  • Can't find a quiet place to write?

Join fellow grad students in a self-directed and highly-focused writing environment during Writing Mondays! Snacks will be served! Register in advance below.

We are also offering Writing Consultations during Writing Mondays with a writing expert from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center from 1-4 pm. Our consultant can discuss work at every stage, and help you move past difficult roadblocks in the process.

No advance registration is required. You may arrive at any time between 1 to 3:30 pm. Go to the 2nd floor conference room of the Grad Center. Check in on the sign-in sheet, and sign up for a 30 minute time slot of your choice for that afternoon. You will then meet with James, the Writing Adviser, individually on the third floor, in Room 303. Of course, the earlier you arrive and check in, the earlier you can meet with James.

For additional meeting times, please make an appointment directly with the Weingarten Learning Resources Center at Penn: The Weingarten Center offers individual appointments throughout the year.


Writing Mondays
Show dates

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221