Academic Resources and Support

This page includes a range of resources on campus and beyond to help support graduate and professional students throughout their time at Penn. In addition to the resources below, be sure to check out our list of university policies and resources to help you make steady progress and be successful throughout your graduate experience.

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Written & Verbal Communication

Penn Resources

The Writing Center provides writing support to graduate students enrolled in credit-bearing courses. You can find graduate hours here. Schedule appointments at upenn.mywconline.com.  A guide to scheduling and attending online writing consultations is available at writing.upenn.edu/critical/wc/files/Online_Appointments.pdf (PDF, opens in new tab) Those students in timezones not well-suited to Writing Center hours should contact Stacy Kastner, PhD, Associate Director of The Writing Center.   

English Language Programs provides courses in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) and orientation to life in the United States.

The Critical Writing Program provides writing and advising to all students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Penn.

Communication Within the Curriculum supports student speaking as means of both communicating and learning.

The Marks Family Writing Center was established in 2003 to provide writing support to Penn students and faculty across the disciplines.

Science Outreach Initiative encourages and supports researcher in the School of Arts & Sciences in their participation in initiatives towards the development of research efforts which will more broadly impact public understanding of science.

The Penn Science Diplomacy Group provides workshops, a blog, podcast, and more devoted to helping scientists disseminate research and increase public scientific literacy by communicating research and findings in an accessible way. Workshops focus on a variety of science communication topics, including poster design, storytelling, podcast production, and manuscript writing. 

Additional Programs & Resources 

The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which experts try to answer a scientific question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade schoolchildren around the world. 

Start Talking Science is a free public event where STEM researchers present posters detailing their research to a general audience. The goal is to foster insightful conversations and connections, and increase public interest in the cutting-edge research taking place right here in Philadelphia!

MIT Communications Lab provides discipline-specific CommKits -- quick guides to technical communication needs including posters, journal articles, and fellowship applications -- for those in engineering and closely-related fields. 

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Academic Support, Tools, & Apps

Penn Programs and Resources 

The Weingarten Learning Resource Center provides professional instruction in skills such as academic reading, writing, and study strategies free of charge to Penn students. In addition to individual consultations, Weingarten's Office of Learning Resources provides: 

The Office of Learning Resources (OLR) is offering virtual access to academic support resources and advising. Students can schedule 50-minute virtual meetings or sign up for 25-minute virtual drop-in sessions with a learning instructor via the MyWLRC portal to discuss their study strategies and approaches to a variety of academic assignments and assessments. More details at www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/lr/.

Student Disabilities Services staff members are available by phone and email to answer questions from members of the University community about accessibility and accommodations. For information explains how SDS will provide the most common support services in the virtual classroom environment, visit www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/sds/. Contact SDS directly by email or phone (215-573-9235) with any additional questions or concerns.

Contact the Weingarten Center at 215-573-9235 to get updated information about Student Disabilities Services, Office of Learning Resources, and Tutoring Services and to be connected with a staff member who can address your needs.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is available to graduate students interested in improving as teachers, whether they are working as TAs or preparing to become future faculty. You can schedule a remote, one-on-one consultation with CTL to get guidance on how to improve your virtual teaching practice or to get feedback on teaching statements and demos. 

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides services to researchers and coordinates a number of research related offices.

Research at Penn is chronicled through a website that shares the knowledge generated by its 4,300 faculty researchers.

Weiss Tech House is designed to support students in the development and/or commercialization of innovative technologies

Thesis and Dissertation Resources 

Online Tutorials and Courseware

LinkedIn Learning is an online training library that provides access to tutorials covering a wide selection of topics. Course offerings include software products widely used on campus such as the Microsoft Office suite, Google Analytics, and Drupal, as well as topics to enhance key business skills such as project management, marketing, and collaboration. To facilitate learning, many tutorials include exercise files so that you can follow along step-by-step, and work with the same assets as the instructors. New and improved courses are added weekly. Use your PennKey and password as your login credentials to access the full LinkedIn Learning library, including exercise files. You can also download the LinkedIn Learning App. You can learn more about access from ISC's page and how to access the product on their FAQ page.

LaTeX Fundamentals Tutorials from Penn Libraries: If you're new to using LaTeX to format your thesis or dissertation, check out these short video tutorials from Penn Libraries that include examples and practice exercises!

Coursera offers hundreds of free courses taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, on a wide range of academic, professional, and personal development topics. Free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. 

edX supports learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion, or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. 

Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free, online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.

CodeAcademy offers free basic coding lessons.

Helpful Tools and Apps

Below are just a few tools and apps to help you improve your productivity and project management. Please keep in mind that no app can think for you, or do the task at hand, that's up to you and how you make it work for you. These are third-party tools and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement. Read all terms and conditions carefully before sharing your personal information.

General Purpose

  • Evernote
    For note-taking, research, creating to-dos, lists and attaching images, and PDF's. Instantly synchronizes from computer to smartphone, tablet and the web. iOS and Android compatible. http://evernote.com/
  • Dropbox
    Free service that lets you store your photos, docs, and videos in the cloud and share them easily. Synchronizes from computer to smartphone, tablet and the web. iOS and Android compatible. https://www.dropbox.com/
  • 2Do
    Checklist to full-blown project management. A task manager app that lets you focus on what's important. iOS and Android compatible. http://www.2doapp.com/
  • SelfControl
    A free and open-source application for Mac OS X (10.5 or above) that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Includes self-set timer feature that block access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application! http://selfcontrolapp.com/
  • Coggle
    Mapping tool allows users several advanced features to diagram information and use it for collaborative aspects project management, report writing, and just brainstorming. https://coggle.it/
  • Post-it / Sticky Notes
    A low-tech solution for reminders and place-based tasked is to leave yourself notes in places you know you’ll see (like your bathroom mirror or coffee machine) or where you need to complete a task (on your laptop or desk, etc.).

Managing Procrastination

  • StayFocused
    A free extension for Google Chrome (Mac OS X or PC) that lets you limit the amount of time you spend on time-suck sites. You specify sites you want to restrict and set the amount of time you’ll allow yourself to use them. After that point, the extension blocks the sites. if you procrastinate by surfing Wikipedia or social media sites, this would be a great option for you. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji
  • SelfControl
    This free app for Mac OS X lets you block sites you set and even email for a set amount of time. If you need an hour (or five!) of totally uninterrupted time, SelfControl makes focus easy. http://selfcontrolapp.com/
  • Freedom
    This app works the same way as SelfControl, but it’s compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows. freedom.to/
  • Unstuck
    Unstuck is a free digital coach to help move you out of “stuck” moments. Feeling stuck in your work? You can head to unstuck.com or, if you have an iOS devices, open the Unstuck app to figure out the best strategies for your situation. www.unstuck.com/
  • UNC  App Compendium
    The App Compendium is a collection of apps curated by the University of North Carolina. It is filled with useful tools to help you more productive and successful as a student. http://iapps.web.unc.edu/

Note Taking

  • Noteshelf
    Note-Taking app that allows you to jot down whatever comes to mind, just like an ordinary pen and paper. Write with finger, stylus or smart pen. Easily allows for exporting to Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook. iOS compatibility only. http://www.noteshelf.net/
  • Notesplus
    Note-Taking app that allows you to type, draw or record notes. Import and annotate and highlight on PDF's. Easily allows for exporting to various outlets. iOS compatibility only. http://notesplusapp.com/
  • Notability
    Note-Taking app that allows you to create, illustrate, outline, annotate, record, capture photos. Automatic cloud synchronizing to iPhone and iPad. iOS compatibility only. http://www.gingerlabs.com/

Annotations & Readers

  • iAnnotate PDF
    PDF document reader that allows for reading, annotating and sharing PDF documents, Word/PowerPoint files and images. iOS and Android complatible. http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/
  • GoodReader
    Document reader that allows you to read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, pictures. Easily annotate, manage, transfer, and sync files. iOS compatibility only. http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    PDF document reader app that allows for reading and annotating PDF's across various platforms. iOS and Android compatible.   http://www.adobe.com/products/reader-mobile.html
  • PDF Expert
    PDF Expert is a professional PDF viewer and annotation tool for iPhone/iPod Touch. Read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, and annotate. Sync with Dropbox. Copy files from Mac and PC. PDF Expert is a professional PDF viewer and annotation tool for iPhone/iPod Touch. iOS compatibility only. http://pdfexpert.com/
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Career Development & Pathways

Penn provides graduate and professional students many opportunities to gain skills and experiences that are transferrable to rewarding careers in academia and in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Getting Started with Penn Career Services

Build Your Network 

  • QuakerNet is a database of Penn graduates and is searchable by industry, employer name, major, degree, student clubs, and more. Update your profile and connect with Penn alumni in your field(s) of interest. Wharton alumni may also wish to access the Wharton Alumni Directory to connect with the global Wharton alumni newtork. 

  • Over 42,000 Quakers have joined the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Group on LinkedIn. This site is a great resources for connecting with classmates, engaging in career-related discussions, learning about job opportunities, and joining Penn school and industry-specific subgroups.

Career Exploration and Preparation
Complete an Individual Development Plan or explore skills and career paths using resources from Career Services. Career Services provides access to a number of free and subscription resources to support career exploration and planning, including: 

  • ChemIDP: An online tool for chemists to help them explore career options and create a plan for their own professional and career development.
     
  • Imagine PhD: Developed specifically for humanities and social sciences PhDs, this free, online resource provides self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your skills, interests, and values, and compare these against a wide diversity of job families that value a PhD. You can use the individual development plan tool to identify key next steps as part of your academic/professional development.
     
  • iBiology: A library of online videos and resources related to the professional and career development of scientists, and information on careers in education, industry, government, and more
     
  • InterviewStream: Create customized, online mock interviews to practice answers to industry-specific questions. Watch recordings of yourself to develop more effective interviewing approaches.
     
  • MLA Connected Academics: An online resource demonstrating how doctoral education can develop students’ capacities to bring their expertise in advanced humanistic study to a wide range of fulfilling, secure, and well-compensated professional situations.
     
  • myIDP: Developed specifically for STEM PhDs, this free, online resource provides self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your skills, interests, and values, and compare these against a diversity of careers that value a STEM PhD. You can use the individual development plan tool to identify key next steps as part of your professional development.
     
  • Vault Career Insider: Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career you want.
     
  • Versatile PhD: Career Services subscribes to this web-based community so you can explore the broad diversity of careers that value a PhD and gain job-search relevant skills. Take advantage of the PhD Career Finder Tool to investigate common career paths taken by PhDs across disciplines. This tool includes Options 4 Success, an online career development program designed to help graduate students identify viable career paths, understand the link between their degrees and the professional world, and confidently manage the transition from university to high-quality professional careers
     
  • Where Historians Work: An interactive, online database that catalogues the career outcomes of the 8,523 historians who earned PhDs at US universities from 2004 and 2013.

 

Additional Resources 

The resources and advice below are intended to supplement those provided by Career Services and within each of Penn's graduate and professional schools. 

Faculty Careers

Students considering a faculty career are encouraged to draw on the knowledge and experience of the faculty, staff, and advanced students in their home department or program. Take advantage of Penn's extensive resources to explore your options, build your skills, and prepare your application materials.

Pathways to Science 

 

**Under Construction -- Additional resources coming soon!**

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Educational & Leadership Training

Teaching Certificate and Workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills. The CTL Teaching Certificate provides doctoral students with support for improving their teaching as well as recognition for their commitment to developing as teachers. The certificate is noted on the student’s transcript, as a statement from the University of Pennsylvania that a graduate student has pursued advanced training in teaching. 

I CARE Training
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers I CARE, an interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis. To learn more about I CARE or to request a training for your Penn group, see the CAPS website

GIC Workshops and Consultations 
The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) can assist with the development and implementation of diversity or cultural competency workshops that support their organizational goals and objectives. Focusing on knowledge acquisition, behavioral change, action planning and accountability, the center's ultimate goal is to help students, staff and faculty capitalize on the numerous advantages a diverse team has to offer.

LGBT Center Workshops
The LGBT Center is dedicated to ensuring that Penn is a welcoming place for people of all identities. This includes providing fun and interactive educational opportunities for folks to expand their knowledge and understanding of those who may identify differently than them. Programs can also be customized for your group or department needs.

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) Workshops
PVP workshops cover a range of topics related to sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct. Workshops are designed to be interactive and informative and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. 

RP@Penn Programs 
The Restorative Practices at Penn (RP@Penn) Program promotes restorative practices on Penn’s campus to build strong communities and address interpersonal and group conflict. RP@Penn offers Restorative Circles, Conflict Coaching, Mediation, Restorative Conferences, Workshops on Communication and Conflict Resolution skills, and Workshops on Restorative Circles. 

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Additional Resources

At Penn

The Division of the Vice Provost for University Life enhances students' ability to reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal, and professional development experiences in support of the Penn compact. VPUL is the University's foremost provider of student services and education access.

International Student & Scholar Services advises international students on F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant procedures and compliance with immigration laws and regulations.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) helps grad students find fellowships and assistantships are available for graduate and professional students. Students are eligible for a range of awards-merit based fellowships, awards for service, need-based grants, and loans.

Other Resources

Chronicle of Higher Education: Up to date news on anything related to higher education.

H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online): Provides discussion networks, scholarly reviews, job postings, and information on upcoming academic conferences.

Council of Graduate Schools: Provides information on funding sources, graduate programs, and graduate organizations.

IBP Pathways to Science 
The Institute for Broadening Participation aims to increase diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by connecting underrepresented students with STEM funding and research opportunities and providing faculty and administrators with tools and resources to help promote the positive factors that keep underrepresented students on path into successful STEM careers.

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Written & Verbal Communication

Penn Resources

The Writing Center provides writing support to graduate students enrolled in credit-bearing courses. You can find graduate hours here. Schedule appointments at upenn.mywconline.com.  A guide to scheduling and attending online writing consultations is available at writing.upenn.edu/critical/wc/files/Online_Appointments.pdf (PDF, opens in new tab) Those students in timezones not well-suited to Writing Center hours should contact Stacy Kastner, PhD, Associate Director of The Writing Center.   

English Language Programs provides courses in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) and orientation to life in the United States.

The Critical Writing Program provides writing and advising to all students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Penn.

Communication Within the Curriculum supports student speaking as means of both communicating and learning.

The Marks Family Writing Center was established in 2003 to provide writing support to Penn students and faculty across the disciplines.

Science Outreach Initiative encourages and supports researcher in the School of Arts & Sciences in their participation in initiatives towards the development of research efforts which will more broadly impact public understanding of science.

The Penn Science Diplomacy Group provides workshops, a blog, podcast, and more devoted to helping scientists disseminate research and increase public scientific literacy by communicating research and findings in an accessible way. Workshops focus on a variety of science communication topics, including poster design, storytelling, podcast production, and manuscript writing. 

Additional Programs & Resources 

The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which experts try to answer a scientific question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade schoolchildren around the world. 

Start Talking Science is a free public event where STEM researchers present posters detailing their research to a general audience. The goal is to foster insightful conversations and connections, and increase public interest in the cutting-edge research taking place right here in Philadelphia!

MIT Communications Lab provides discipline-specific CommKits -- quick guides to technical communication needs including posters, journal articles, and fellowship applications -- for those in engineering and closely-related fields. 

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Academic Support, Tools, & Apps

Penn Programs and Resources 

The Weingarten Learning Resource Center provides professional instruction in skills such as academic reading, writing, and study strategies free of charge to Penn students. In addition to individual consultations, Weingarten's Office of Learning Resources provides: 

The Office of Learning Resources (OLR) is offering virtual access to academic support resources and advising. Students can schedule 50-minute virtual meetings or sign up for 25-minute virtual drop-in sessions with a learning instructor via the MyWLRC portal to discuss their study strategies and approaches to a variety of academic assignments and assessments. More details at www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/lr/.

Student Disabilities Services staff members are available by phone and email to answer questions from members of the University community about accessibility and accommodations. For information explains how SDS will provide the most common support services in the virtual classroom environment, visit www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/sds/. Contact SDS directly by email or phone (215-573-9235) with any additional questions or concerns.

Contact the Weingarten Center at 215-573-9235 to get updated information about Student Disabilities Services, Office of Learning Resources, and Tutoring Services and to be connected with a staff member who can address your needs.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is available to graduate students interested in improving as teachers, whether they are working as TAs or preparing to become future faculty. You can schedule a remote, one-on-one consultation with CTL to get guidance on how to improve your virtual teaching practice or to get feedback on teaching statements and demos. 

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides services to researchers and coordinates a number of research related offices.

Research at Penn is chronicled through a website that shares the knowledge generated by its 4,300 faculty researchers.

Weiss Tech House is designed to support students in the development and/or commercialization of innovative technologies

Thesis and Dissertation Resources 

Online Tutorials and Courseware

LinkedIn Learning is an online training library that provides access to tutorials covering a wide selection of topics. Course offerings include software products widely used on campus such as the Microsoft Office suite, Google Analytics, and Drupal, as well as topics to enhance key business skills such as project management, marketing, and collaboration. To facilitate learning, many tutorials include exercise files so that you can follow along step-by-step, and work with the same assets as the instructors. New and improved courses are added weekly. Use your PennKey and password as your login credentials to access the full LinkedIn Learning library, including exercise files. You can also download the LinkedIn Learning App. You can learn more about access from ISC's page and how to access the product on their FAQ page.

LaTeX Fundamentals Tutorials from Penn Libraries: If you're new to using LaTeX to format your thesis or dissertation, check out these short video tutorials from Penn Libraries that include examples and practice exercises!

Coursera offers hundreds of free courses taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, on a wide range of academic, professional, and personal development topics. Free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. 

edX supports learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion, or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. 

Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free, online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.

CodeAcademy offers free basic coding lessons.

Helpful Tools and Apps

Below are just a few tools and apps to help you improve your productivity and project management. Please keep in mind that no app can think for you, or do the task at hand, that's up to you and how you make it work for you. These are third-party tools and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement. Read all terms and conditions carefully before sharing your personal information.

General Purpose

  • Evernote
    For note-taking, research, creating to-dos, lists and attaching images, and PDF's. Instantly synchronizes from computer to smartphone, tablet and the web. iOS and Android compatible. http://evernote.com/
  • Dropbox
    Free service that lets you store your photos, docs, and videos in the cloud and share them easily. Synchronizes from computer to smartphone, tablet and the web. iOS and Android compatible. https://www.dropbox.com/
  • 2Do
    Checklist to full-blown project management. A task manager app that lets you focus on what's important. iOS and Android compatible. http://www.2doapp.com/
  • SelfControl
    A free and open-source application for Mac OS X (10.5 or above) that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Includes self-set timer feature that block access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application! http://selfcontrolapp.com/
  • Coggle
    Mapping tool allows users several advanced features to diagram information and use it for collaborative aspects project management, report writing, and just brainstorming. https://coggle.it/
  • Post-it / Sticky Notes
    A low-tech solution for reminders and place-based tasked is to leave yourself notes in places you know you’ll see (like your bathroom mirror or coffee machine) or where you need to complete a task (on your laptop or desk, etc.).

Managing Procrastination

  • StayFocused
    A free extension for Google Chrome (Mac OS X or PC) that lets you limit the amount of time you spend on time-suck sites. You specify sites you want to restrict and set the amount of time you’ll allow yourself to use them. After that point, the extension blocks the sites. if you procrastinate by surfing Wikipedia or social media sites, this would be a great option for you. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji
  • SelfControl
    This free app for Mac OS X lets you block sites you set and even email for a set amount of time. If you need an hour (or five!) of totally uninterrupted time, SelfControl makes focus easy. http://selfcontrolapp.com/
  • Freedom
    This app works the same way as SelfControl, but it’s compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows. freedom.to/
  • Unstuck
    Unstuck is a free digital coach to help move you out of “stuck” moments. Feeling stuck in your work? You can head to unstuck.com or, if you have an iOS devices, open the Unstuck app to figure out the best strategies for your situation. www.unstuck.com/
  • UNC  App Compendium
    The App Compendium is a collection of apps curated by the University of North Carolina. It is filled with useful tools to help you more productive and successful as a student. http://iapps.web.unc.edu/

Note Taking

  • Noteshelf
    Note-Taking app that allows you to jot down whatever comes to mind, just like an ordinary pen and paper. Write with finger, stylus or smart pen. Easily allows for exporting to Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook. iOS compatibility only. http://www.noteshelf.net/
  • Notesplus
    Note-Taking app that allows you to type, draw or record notes. Import and annotate and highlight on PDF's. Easily allows for exporting to various outlets. iOS compatibility only. http://notesplusapp.com/
  • Notability
    Note-Taking app that allows you to create, illustrate, outline, annotate, record, capture photos. Automatic cloud synchronizing to iPhone and iPad. iOS compatibility only. http://www.gingerlabs.com/

Annotations & Readers

  • iAnnotate PDF
    PDF document reader that allows for reading, annotating and sharing PDF documents, Word/PowerPoint files and images. iOS and Android complatible. http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/
  • GoodReader
    Document reader that allows you to read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, pictures. Easily annotate, manage, transfer, and sync files. iOS compatibility only. http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    PDF document reader app that allows for reading and annotating PDF's across various platforms. iOS and Android compatible.   http://www.adobe.com/products/reader-mobile.html
  • PDF Expert
    PDF Expert is a professional PDF viewer and annotation tool for iPhone/iPod Touch. Read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, and annotate. Sync with Dropbox. Copy files from Mac and PC. PDF Expert is a professional PDF viewer and annotation tool for iPhone/iPod Touch. iOS compatibility only. http://pdfexpert.com/
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Career Development & Pathways

Penn provides graduate and professional students many opportunities to gain skills and experiences that are transferrable to rewarding careers in academia and in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Getting Started with Penn Career Services

Build Your Network 

  • QuakerNet is a database of Penn graduates and is searchable by industry, employer name, major, degree, student clubs, and more. Update your profile and connect with Penn alumni in your field(s) of interest. Wharton alumni may also wish to access the Wharton Alumni Directory to connect with the global Wharton alumni newtork. 

  • Over 42,000 Quakers have joined the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Group on LinkedIn. This site is a great resources for connecting with classmates, engaging in career-related discussions, learning about job opportunities, and joining Penn school and industry-specific subgroups.

Career Exploration and Preparation
Complete an Individual Development Plan or explore skills and career paths using resources from Career Services. Career Services provides access to a number of free and subscription resources to support career exploration and planning, including: 

  • ChemIDP: An online tool for chemists to help them explore career options and create a plan for their own professional and career development.
     
  • Imagine PhD: Developed specifically for humanities and social sciences PhDs, this free, online resource provides self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your skills, interests, and values, and compare these against a wide diversity of job families that value a PhD. You can use the individual development plan tool to identify key next steps as part of your academic/professional development.
     
  • iBiology: A library of online videos and resources related to the professional and career development of scientists, and information on careers in education, industry, government, and more
     
  • InterviewStream: Create customized, online mock interviews to practice answers to industry-specific questions. Watch recordings of yourself to develop more effective interviewing approaches.
     
  • MLA Connected Academics: An online resource demonstrating how doctoral education can develop students’ capacities to bring their expertise in advanced humanistic study to a wide range of fulfilling, secure, and well-compensated professional situations.
     
  • myIDP: Developed specifically for STEM PhDs, this free, online resource provides self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your skills, interests, and values, and compare these against a diversity of careers that value a STEM PhD. You can use the individual development plan tool to identify key next steps as part of your professional development.
     
  • Vault Career Insider: Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career you want.
     
  • Versatile PhD: Career Services subscribes to this web-based community so you can explore the broad diversity of careers that value a PhD and gain job-search relevant skills. Take advantage of the PhD Career Finder Tool to investigate common career paths taken by PhDs across disciplines. This tool includes Options 4 Success, an online career development program designed to help graduate students identify viable career paths, understand the link between their degrees and the professional world, and confidently manage the transition from university to high-quality professional careers
     
  • Where Historians Work: An interactive, online database that catalogues the career outcomes of the 8,523 historians who earned PhDs at US universities from 2004 and 2013.

 

Additional Resources 

The resources and advice below are intended to supplement those provided by Career Services and within each of Penn's graduate and professional schools. 

Faculty Careers

Students considering a faculty career are encouraged to draw on the knowledge and experience of the faculty, staff, and advanced students in their home department or program. Take advantage of Penn's extensive resources to explore your options, build your skills, and prepare your application materials.

Pathways to Science 

 

**Under Construction -- Additional resources coming soon!**

laptop

Educational & Leadership Training

Teaching Certificate and Workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills. The CTL Teaching Certificate provides doctoral students with support for improving their teaching as well as recognition for their commitment to developing as teachers. The certificate is noted on the student’s transcript, as a statement from the University of Pennsylvania that a graduate student has pursued advanced training in teaching. 

I CARE Training
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers I CARE, an interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis. To learn more about I CARE or to request a training for your Penn group, see the CAPS website

GIC Workshops and Consultations 
The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) can assist with the development and implementation of diversity or cultural competency workshops that support their organizational goals and objectives. Focusing on knowledge acquisition, behavioral change, action planning and accountability, the center's ultimate goal is to help students, staff and faculty capitalize on the numerous advantages a diverse team has to offer.

LGBT Center Workshops
The LGBT Center is dedicated to ensuring that Penn is a welcoming place for people of all identities. This includes providing fun and interactive educational opportunities for folks to expand their knowledge and understanding of those who may identify differently than them. Programs can also be customized for your group or department needs.

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) Workshops
PVP workshops cover a range of topics related to sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct. Workshops are designed to be interactive and informative and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. 

RP@Penn Programs 
The Restorative Practices at Penn (RP@Penn) Program promotes restorative practices on Penn’s campus to build strong communities and address interpersonal and group conflict. RP@Penn offers Restorative Circles, Conflict Coaching, Mediation, Restorative Conferences, Workshops on Communication and Conflict Resolution skills, and Workshops on Restorative Circles. 

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Additional Resources

At Penn

The Division of the Vice Provost for University Life enhances students' ability to reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal, and professional development experiences in support of the Penn compact. VPUL is the University's foremost provider of student services and education access.

International Student & Scholar Services advises international students on F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant procedures and compliance with immigration laws and regulations.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) helps grad students find fellowships and assistantships are available for graduate and professional students. Students are eligible for a range of awards-merit based fellowships, awards for service, need-based grants, and loans.

Other Resources

Chronicle of Higher Education: Up to date news on anything related to higher education.

H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online): Provides discussion networks, scholarly reviews, job postings, and information on upcoming academic conferences.

Council of Graduate Schools: Provides information on funding sources, graduate programs, and graduate organizations.

IBP Pathways to Science 
The Institute for Broadening Participation aims to increase diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by connecting underrepresented students with STEM funding and research opportunities and providing faculty and administrators with tools and resources to help promote the positive factors that keep underrepresented students on path into successful STEM careers.