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.


Navigating the Dissertation Conference: From Start to Finish

Thursday, April 09, 2015, 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Conference Room (2nd Floor), Room 305 (3rd Floor)

Each stage of dissertation writing poses unique challenges. Wherever you are in the process, we are here to help!  The Navigating the Dissertation Conference consists of a series of workshops around dissertation writing, presenting, completion, and beyond. One set of workshops is geared toward students in the early stages of dissertation research and writing. The second set of workshops is recommended for students who are in the latter stages of dissertation writing. Come for one workshop or stay for the whole day. Register in advance to receive a free lunch!

10:00-10:30 am  Welcome and Breakfast 

10:30-12:00 pm  Morning sessions

Choosing Your Thesis Committee (Start)   Dr. Ralph Rosen, Classics and Dr. Betsy Rymes, Graduate School of Education

Dissertation Defense Workshop (Finish)  Dr. Sue Weber, Communication Within the Curriculum

 12:00-12:30 pm  Lunch

 12:30-2:00 pm  Afternoon Sessions

Strategies for Dissertation Success (Start)  Dr. Rachel Throop, Weingarten Learning Resource Center

Electronic Dissertation Submission and Copyright Workshop (Finish) Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian Van Pelt Library


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!

New: starting on the Writing Monday on 3/16, 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
Show dates

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
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Philadelphia PA 19104-6221