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

Career Services provides extensive programs and services for the research masters and doctoral student. Learn more!

Check out their extensive calendar of workshops and events!

Academic Job Search Handbook Book Club

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

More information coming soon! Stay tuned.


Reception for the GAPSA-Provost Awards for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, August 29, 2016

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
Registration start: Monday, August 29, 2016

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 the Library's services, and a reception.

The 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!

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
Registration start: Thursday, September 15, 2016

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).

Writing Consultations
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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 Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday: 12 Noon-5PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Academic Year Hours begin August 29

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221