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.


Reception for the GAPSA-Provost Awards for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Floor), 3615 Locust Walk

Other University Events

Course for Non-native English Speaking PhD Candidates : GAS 610 Research Paper Writing

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GAS) is offering an advanced writing course for non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates. The course will be held in the fall semester and registration is now open through special permission.

GAS 610 is a writing course designed for Ph.D. students whose native language is not English. The features of academic writing used in American universities will be explored. This will be done by analyzing sample texts, papers in various academic disciplines, and the students' own writing. A variety of rhetorical patterns will be practiced and attention will be paid to organization, development of ideas, clarity, coherence, style, and grammar and mechanics.

Weekly writing assignments will be given throughout the first half of the term. These short assignments will build upon the skills taught in class and will be analyzed and edited. The students will be free to adapt the topics to their own disciplines and areas of interest.

During the second half of the term, the students will choose a topic for their final writing project. They can combine this project with a paper that they are working on for another course, an article they are submitting for publication, or a chapter of their dissertation. During this time, work on the final paper will take place via one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Editing and revising will be ongoing throughout this period.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:30 AM

This course is open to Ph.D. candidates only. Preference will be given to candidates further along in their programs. Registration is by permit. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Gillstrom at stating their program, school and current year of study.

Writing Days

Now with Writing Consultations!

  • Feeling stressed out and isolated?
  • Can't find a nice and quiet place to write?
  • Always procrastinating?

Come to Writing Mondays!

  • Establish and sustain a regular writing routine
  • Block up to four hours of concentrated time to write
  • Join fellow graduate students in a self-directed writing environment

Snacks will be served!

Back by popular demand: Writing Consultations will be offered at the Grad Center, during writing hours, by a Learning Instructor from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. 
If you are interested in talking over your writing and any writing issues, please come prepared to sign up for a half-hour slot!

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: Closed until mid-Sept

Monday, Sept 7: Closed for Labor Day

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221