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 Events

THE ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH HANDBOOK BOOK CLUB: Understanding the Academic Job Search and Planning Yours
by Julia Miller Vick, Jennifer S. Furlong, and Rosanne Lurie

Discussion With the Authors

In book club format, Penn graduate students and postdocs will discuss the new edition of the Academic Job Search Handbook* with two of its three authors and gain insights into how the Handbook can be a resource throughout your job search.  Pizza lunch will be provided.

Session 1 Understanding the Academic Job Search and Planning Yours
Reading: I What You Should Know Before You Start and II Planning and Timing Your Search
Thurs. Sept. 15, 2016, noon-1pm, Grad Center, second floor conference room

Session 2 Presenting Yourself on Paper: Written Materials for the Job Search
Reading: III Written Materials for the Job Search: Suggestions and Samples
Tentative date: Tues. Oct. 11, 2016, noon-1pm, Grad Center, second floor conference room

Session 3 Presenting Yourself in Person: Interviews – Phone, Skype and In-Person, Offers, Negotiation and Rejections
Reading: IV Conducting the Search and VI Additional Considerations
Tentative date: Tues. Nov. 15, 2016, noon-1pm, Grad Center, second floor conference room

Session 4 Off to a Good Start or…Off to Another Career
Reading: V After You Take the Job and VII Beyond Faculty Careers
Tentative date: Tues. Jan. 17, 2017, noon-1pm, Grad Center, second floor conference room

*Penn doctoral students and current postdocs may purchase a copy of the Academic Job Search Handbook in Career Services for $10.  Paper and electronic copies are also available through For more information:


Registration is required and participants are encouraged to sign up and to attend all four sessions:




Academic Job Search Handbook Book Club
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Open House: Class of 1937 Memorial Reading Room for Grad Students

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Class of 1937 Memorial Reading Room, 5th floor, Van Pelt Library

Join Penn Libraries, GAPSA, and the Grad Center in celebrating the opening of an exclusive graduate-student study space on the 5th Floor of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center. The Open House will feature brief remarks, highlights of Penn Libraries' graduate student-specific services, and a reception.

The Penn Libraries raised the funds necessary to transform the previously open Class of 1937 Memorial Reading Room into a closed, card-accessible-only facility designed to meet the needs of graduate students, who rely heavily on the collections and spaces within the Libraries to do their research. Those needs include a quiet atmosphere conducive to serious study, carrels for individual study, a variety of other seating and work-surface options, and a lactation room.

Be among the first to see this great new space and mingle with other grad students!


The "PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School" Screening

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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Join your fellow graduate students for a free screening of The PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School. Light refreshments will be provided. Be sure to register in advance as there is limited seating. 

Navigating Series Happy Hour

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, GSC Back Common Room

Join your fellow grad students at the Graduate Student Center for a Happy Hour to learn about Navigating Series Programs this year! Enjoy beer, wine, and snacks while enjoying the company of fellow grad students!

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. (Registration begins August 15, 2016.)
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).

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Register here for a 30 minute appointment with an adviser from the Weingarten Learning Center. The writing adviser 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).

Writing Mondays
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Event Archives

Electronic Dissertation Workshop, March 16, 2010

Submission Instructions


Copyright and your Dissertation

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221