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.

Career Services

Walk-In Wednesdays with Career Services
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If you have a quick, career-related question, or want feedback on a CV, resume, or any job/internship application materials, then take this opportunity to meet with a Career Services graduate student/postdoc career advisor at the Graduate Student Center (room 303) every Wednesday from 12-2pm. We are looking forward to speaking with you! To find other walk-in hours offered at Career Services, visit:, and to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career advisor specific to your School, visit


PhD Grant Info Session

Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Staff from the Family Center, Grad Center, and the Office of the Provost are hosting an PhD Grant Information Session to explain the new PhD Grant programs and answer any student questions. Please register in advance. 

PhD Grant Programs: 

The University announced the creation of four grant programs for PhD students to help offset the cost of childcare and family expenses, and health insurance for dependents, dental insurance, and health insurance for students beyond funding years. These grants are funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center,  and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. The applications for these programs will open in August, the deadline to submit the application and supporting documents is Sept 29

  • Family Grant  helps to offset the cost of childcare and other expenses for PhD students with children. Eligible PhD students may receive up to $5,000 per child each year. 
  • Dependent Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of dependent health insurance for PhD students with children and/or spouses. Eligible students may receive grant funds up to $1,000 per dependent. 
  • Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of health insurance for PhD students who are no longer funded by their departments. The Health Insurance Grant Program provides annual grants, up to $2,000, to PhD students who meet certain income eligibility criteria. 
  • Dental Insurance Grant  subsidizes 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students. 

Poster Session & Reception for the GAPSA-Provost Awards for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

All members of the University community are invited to attend this poster session and reception for the winners of the 2017 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation:

Sarah Yassine and Rivka Weinstock: “(dis)joint mapping: A proposal to investigate and map the landscape of the Demarcation Line between Lebanon and Israel/Palestine”

Andrea Leone-Pizzighella: “Narratives of Becoming in the Italian Education System”

Prakirti Nangia: “International Development, Maternalism, and Women's Social Citizenship: A Case Study of India, 1985-2015”

Lara Fabian: “At the Crossroads of Empire: Lerik in Antiquity Archaeological Project”

Lindsay Glassman: “No Use for Doctors' Orders: An Exploration of Religion, Class, and Culture in Delibrate Refusals of Medical Care”

Alexis Rider: “Science on Ice: Materializing Deep Time in the Arctic”

Other University Events

Academics Plus Workshop Series for International students
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The Weingarten Center welcomes new international students to campus! Want to sharpen your study strategies or talk about how studying in the U.S. might be different than studying in your home country? Come to an Academics Plus workshop to get your semester off to a great start! For workshop descriptions and registration info, please follow this link:


Common Room Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 10AM - 5PM
Sat & Sun: Closed

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221