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.


Writing a Teaching Statement Workshop

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This workshop will help participants begin the process of writing their teaching statement. Participants will identify best practices from teaching statements by Penn faculty and develop an "inventory" of teaching practices to structure their own teaching statement. There are no prerequisites for this workshop, but participants can bring a teaching statement from one of their faculty to share.

Putting Together an Academic Conference Proposal Workshop

Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:00 PM - 01:20 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This session will provide guidance on applying to academic conferences to students at the beginning of their graduate school careers. The session will cover all stages of successfully applying to conferences, including identifying the right conference, choosing a session type, writing a compelling proposal that speaks to its audience, and seeking out feedback. Lunch will be provided. 

Writing Days

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 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. 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 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.

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