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


Writing+ Collective
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Writing+ Collective


Writing+ is a self-directed work group for graduate students working on a major project (e.g. proposal or grant-writing, coding, dissertation writing). You will commit to meeting every Tuesday from 1-4 pm, from January 23 through April 24. Participants work towards their personal goals in a quiet and supportive atmosphere that encourages goal-setting. Weekly attendance will be taken. Snacks will be served! 


Handling the Stress of the Dissertation for Students of Color

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 PM - 01:20 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Are you the only person of color in your department? Have you ever felt like you're an imposter who'll be found out at any time? 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 speak, followed by a discussion. Lunch will be provided.


Writing + Collective

Writing Consultations
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The Graduate Student Center is offering Writing Consultations with a writing expert from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center from 1-4 pm every Tuesday, beginning January 263rd. Our consultant can discuss work at every stage, and help you move past difficult roadblocks in the process. You do not have to register for Monday Writing Collective to partake in Writing Consultations.

No advance registration is required for Writing Consultations. 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.

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