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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
300 Bessey
434 Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU Graduate School & The Writing Center Staff
Academic Work Skills and Responsibilities, Time management, Personnel and project management skills

Navigating the PhD: Managing Time and Academic Relationships

These two interactive writing workshops, given at least once a semester, are designed to help you develop an individualized plan for graduate writing. It is highly recommended that you attend only one workshop; please read the descriptions of each workshop carefully to find the one that best suits your needs. The morning session is designed for doctoral student early in the PhD process. The afternoon session is designed for doctoral student later in the PhD process. Pizza lunch will be provided at noon. Each workshop will be limited to 25 doctoral students

In this 3-hour workshop, plans for time management and working with others will be the main focus. Participants will create academic timelines for their PhD work at MSU and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of PhD students and share strategies for overcoming writer's block and procrastination. Additionally, discussion about selecting and working with committees will provide a space for sharing about and learning how to communicate with faculty members about participants' research and writing. This workshop is better suited to students in the first 2 or 3 years of PhD work.


To register: Spaces are offered on a first-come first –served basis. To register, go to on the link for the above named workshop and follow the directions for registering. In the Comments box on the online form, please indicate if you will be attending the pizza lunch. You will receive an e-mail confirmation if a seat is available.