Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Dissertation

Dissertation Buddies

Need motivation to write? Having a dissertation buddy may provide just the nudge and support you need to put words on the page! Dissertation buddies are self-directed; pairs take the responsibility of meeting and supporting each other.

What Dissertation Buddy Alums say about the experience:

The program helped me set designated study/writing time and follow through on my plans.
Just the externalized responsibility of meeting someone else to write helps--positive peer pressure.
My Dissertation Buddy was instrumental in helping me finish my dissertation. We worked together almost every day during the summer and on a biweekly basis during the school year. Although we studied completely different disciplines, having her there as a friendly productive presence really made a difference in helping me stay focused and make consistent progress on my project.

The deadline to apply for dissertation groups has passed. Please consider our weekly Writing Days as an alternate, yet equally beneficial option.

Common Room Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM
Friday: 9AM-6PM
Weekends: Closed until mid-Sept

Monday, Sept 7: Closed for Labor Day

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221