Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Academy Events

About Navigating the Academy Events

Navigating the Academy Events seek to help doctoral students be successful in all aspects of their doctoral work, with focuses on skill building, intellectual engagement, and a better understanding of the doctoral experience.. 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.


Pitch Your PhD

Wednesday, April 03, 2019, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
CURF Fireside Lounge, Arch Building 2nd Floor


‘So, what is your PhD about?’ If you’re struggling to come up with a smooth answer to the dreaded question when asked by friends, family and potential employers, come compete in the Graduate Student Center’s Pitch Your PhD Competition! With 1 slide and only 180 seconds, you will have the opportunity to bring your thesis research to life in front of a non-specialist audience by touching on

1) WHY you’re doing it

2) HOW you’re doing it

3) WHAT the impact and/or results of the research mean

4) HOW it relates to the real world.

Practicing your communication and public presentation skills now will be extremely helpful as you think about your next career steps beyond Penn.

Two winners will be chosen to attend an inter-Ivy-League competition and reception in New York City on April 25th hosted at the United Nations. All costs associated with that trip will be covered!

Participants are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from Penn's many resources to help with their presentation.

Register Here

This event is co-sponsored by our friends at Career Services and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF, not just for undergrads!)

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Reception

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Please join us in celebrating the 2019 recipients of the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students: 

  • Mohsen Azadi (Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics)
  • Sumitra Badrinathan (Political Science)
  • Xiaoxia (Summer) Dong (City & Regional Planning)
  • Abigail Dym (Education)
  • Meghan Garrity (Political Science)
  • Gregory Koutnik (Political Science)
  • Shih-Kai Lin (Architecture)
  • Chris Mustazza (English)
  • Allison Russell (Social Welfare)
  • Mac Schumer (Chemistry)


Introduction to LaTeX Workshop

Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used by researchers in diverse fields. For students who are used to writing in Microsoft Word or other word-processors, LaTeX can seem intimidating at first. However, LaTeX is a powerful tool that saves researchers effort and time when preparing manuscripts that look sophisticated and polished, and incorporates multilingual materials, mathematical equations, tables, and graphs with ease. Join Professor Manuel S. González Canché for an introduction to LaTeX. Lunch is provided.

Writing Consultations with the Weingarten Center

Every Tuesday, Ending Tuesday, May 07, 2019, 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Room 303 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

The Graduate Student Center is offering Writing Consultations with a writing expert from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center from 12-3 pm every Tuesday, beginning September 4th. Our consultant can discuss work at every stage, and help you move past difficult roadblocks in the process.

No advance registration is required for Writing Consultations. You may arrive at any time between 12 to 2:30 pm. Go to room 303. 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 Min, 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 Min.

Library Drop-In Hours

The Second Monday of Each Month, Ending Monday, May 13, 2019, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Our friends at the Library have a WEALTH of information about publishing, copyright, dissertations, and data management. We'll be hosting them on the second Monday of each month this spring, stop by to discuss any of the topics below!

  • Publishing
    • Establishing your publishing criteria in deciding where to publish
    • Choosing and evaluating a journal/publisher
    • Retaining author rights when publishing, using an author addendum, understanding/negotiating publisher contracts
    • Reusing published content (including your own)
  • Sharing your work
    • How to make your work more visible and available
    • Posting work to different sites, including academic social networking sites (, ResearchGate, Humanities Commons, etc.)
    • Copyright/permissions concerns
    • Penn resources for making your work available (ScholarlyCommons)
  • Copyright
    • Understanding copyright and your rights
    • Using fair use and other exceptions
    • Reusing images or other media responsibly
    • Using Creative Commons and other open licenses
  • Dissertations
    • Publishing based on a dissertation (or using a previously published work as part of your dissertation)
    • Official copyright registration
    • Deciding whether or not to embargo
    • "Publishing" your work on ScholarlyCommons and ProQuest
  • Data Planning and Management
    • Building a high-quality data management plan
    • Managing personal research materials
    • Storing and backing up data and files for the long haul


Coffee & Conversation with CURF

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Arch Building, Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor)

Despite its name, CURF – the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships – is not only for undergraduates!

So, what does CURF do for Grad Students?

CURF is Penn’s institutional hub for many prestigious fellowships (including the Fulbright Award, the Boren Fellowship, and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship) for which graduate students at the MA, professional degree, or PhD level may be eligible. Some fellowship opportunities CURF supports allow students to conduct research and/or study abroad or in the US. Others fund grad students to gain professional work experience, or engage in service, or develop language skills in foreign countries. Some can be undertaken during a graduate program, and others are post-graduation opportunities. For a full list of fellowships for which CURF supports graduate students applications, see CURF’s searchable Fellowships Directory at

CURF invites students in all Penn’s graduate schools to join us for coffee and conversation. CURF will hold an open forum, complete with coffee, bagels, and assorted spreads. We’ll briefly discuss several fellowships that are particularly relevant to grad students (and that require institutional support). We’ll then open the conversation to invite questions about fellowship opportunities and the ways CURF and other campus resources can help you identify and apply for these opportunities.

Contact: for more information.

Publishing Series

Curious about publishing but not sure where to start? Join the library staff and the Graduate Student Center for a five session guide through the publishing process. Below are the sessions and their learning outcomes. Graduate students are welcome to attend the whole series, but each session is also valuable individually. Events in this series are hosted by the Grad Center, however all expertise and content are courtesy of our friends at the Library!

Digital Publishing Platforms Crash Course

Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This 45-minute workshop will introduce attendees to some of the newer academic digital publishing technologies (as well as some of the more familiar established options). We’ll dive into web-based journal publishing platforms like Janeway and PubPub, monograph publishing tools like Editoria, and multimodal technologies like Manifold and Jekyll, with a distinct focus on open source tech (though we’ll also cover some closed technologies, too). Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of the current state of the scholarly digital publishing ecosystem, including an overview of implementations and opportunities here at Penn.

Teaching Workshops

Course Design

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

To register:

Academic Year Hours

Welfer Common Room
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Meeting and Study Rooms
Mon-Thurs: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday: 9am - 5:30pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
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Philadelphia PA 19104-6221