GradScholar: A Doctoral Re-Orientation

"A good dissertation is a done dissertation, a great dissertation is a published dissertation, a perfect dissertation is neither."


GradScholar will assist doctoral candidates in navigating the difficult transition from graduate student to independent scholar. Participants in GradScholar can expect to learn more about and engage in meaningful conversations on:

  • Dissertation writing and completion strategies.
  • Effectively working with your advisor and doctoral committee.
  • Writing with publication in mind.
  • Peer advice on where/how to start and keep the momentum going.
  • Resources and support for academic and career professional development.
  • And more!

Additionally, GradScholar participants will have the opportunity to engage with our keynote presenter – Dr. Jan Allen – Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the Graduate School at Cornell and author of The Productive Graduate Student Writer. Dr. Allen is a dynamic speaker who offers graduate students practical ways to increase motivation and persistence while building a writing practice. Registered participants who attend GradScholar will also receive a free copy of her book.


GradScholar is intended for graduate students who have recently entered the candidacy stage of their doctoral degree, or those who are close to completing their qualifying/comprehensive exams. As such, doctoral students must have completed, or will complete, their qualifying/comprehensive exam between May 2022 and May 2023 to participate.

Event Information

Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
Location: TBD


Click here to register.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Morris Grubbs ( or Dr. Ashley Sorrell (