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.


Navigating the Dissertation Conference: From Start to Finish

Thursday, March 03, 2016, 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Each stage of dissertation writing poses unique challenges. Wherever you are in the process, we are here to help!  The Navigating the Dissertation Conference consists of a series of workshops around dissertation writing, presenting, completion, and beyond. One set of workshops is geared toward students in the early stages of dissertation research and writing. The second set of workshops is recommended for students who are in the latter stages of dissertation writing. Come for one workshop or stay for the whole day. Register in advance to receive a free lunch!

10:00-10:30 am  Welcome and Breakfast 

10:30-12:00 pm  Morning sessions

Strategies for Dissertation Success (Start) (To be confirmed) Weingarten Learning Resource Center

Dissertation Defense Workshop (Finish)  Dr. Sue Weber, Communication Within the Curriculum

 12:00-12:30 pm  Lunch

 12:30-2:00 pm  Afternoon Sessions

Building Effective Communications with your Advisor and Mentors: a Workshop for PhDs of all Disciplines (Start) Marcia Glickman, JD, Senior Case Manager in Penn’s Office of Student Conduct and the coordinator of the University’s Mediation Program THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD NEXT DOOR IN THE ARCH BUILDING 

Electronic Dissertation Submission and Copyright Workshop (Finish) (To be confirmed) 


Writing Days

Writing Mondays and Writing Consultations 

Mondays 1-5pm l Grad Center 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 here.
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. Register in advance below, and select your half-hour slot when you arrive in the Writing Monday room (2nd Floor Conference Room).

Writing Mondays
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Writing Consultations
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Register here for a 30 minute appointment with Weingarten's Rachel Throop. Rachel will get you on track with your writing goals and help you improve your writing at every stage of the process. After registering, you can choose a specific time slot when you arrive at Writing Monday (Grad Center, 2nd floor Conference Room). 

Event Archives

Electronic Dissertation Workshop, March 16, 2010

Submission Instructions


Copyright and your Dissertation

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