Graduate Student Affairs

The PhD Network

The PhD Network was developed to support PhD candidates on their journey through Stevens. The network will offer opportunities for personal and professional development as well as social and leisure activities for PhD students and their families. It is our hope that the network will foster a sense of community regardless of academic department or year of study. The PhD Network is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and its programs are offered in collaboration with the Vice Provost of Academics, the Writing and Communications Center, and Student Counseling Services. 

Spring 2016 Programs

Mid-Year Check-In for First Year Doctoral Students
Monday, February 22 at 12:00pm in Hayden Lounge
We want to hear how your first semester went! 
Open to all doctoral students who started in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. To RSVP, please email by February 16. 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Students Affairs and Student Counseling. 


Teaching at the College Level
Begins February 11 at 10:00am in Altorfer 501
An 8-week course for all doctoral students who are interested in teaching. This program is designed to provide doctoral students with the necessary skills, guidance, and resources to ensure they are able to excel in their current or future role as teachers. â€‹Participants who attend all 8 sessions will receive a certificate of completion at the course. Participants will have the opportunity to leave with a comprehensive teaching portfolio.
Open to all doctoral students. To sign up for the first session click here
Co-sponsored by the Office of Academics, the Writing & Communications Center, and the Instructional Designers of the Division of Information Technology. 


Dissertation Boot Camp
Monday, March 21- Thursday, March 24 from 9:30am-1:00pm in Morton 205
This program provides doctoral students with a supportive environment to help break through personal procrastination habits and fuel meaningful progress on writing.  The program is designed for students who have completed their qualifying exams and need to make progress writing. Students will learn about goal setting and time management for dissertation writing. At the conclusion of the program, students will walk away with a timeline to complete their dissertation. 
Open to all doctoral students who have completed their qualifying exams. To apply for this program, submit an application by March 1. 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Writing & Communication Center. 


Preparing for a Career in Academia
The program is designed to prepare doctoral students who are interested in pursuing a career in academia for the academic job search. 
All sessions will be held at 12:30pm in Fielding.
Tuesday, April 5: The Application Process
Tuesday, April 12: Putting together your CV
Tuesday, April 19: Writing a Teaching Philosophy
Tuesday, April 26: Writing a Research Statement

Open to all doctoral students. More detailed information will be available in March. 


Dinner for Eight
Wednesday, February 17 at 5:30pm hosted by Dr. Khaldoun Khashanah
Thursday, March 31 at 5:30pm hosted by Dr. Patricia Muisener
This unique opportunity brings together students from various majors and program years to network, engage, and share a meal. 
Open to all doctoral students. For additional information and to sign up, please visit DuckSync 


Out to Lunch
The Out to Lunch Program is designed to promote faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. To get involved, simply pick up a voucher from the Center for Faculty Advancement ( EAS, 1st floor) and invite a professor out to lunch.
Open to all doctoral students. For more information, please visit the Out to Lunch Program.
Co- sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Center for Faculty Advancement. 


Social Media 

We encourage all Stevens PhD students to join the Stevens PhD Facebook Community Page and DuckSync portal. Facebook will be used for communication between students and for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs to advertise PhD events and activities to students. DuckSync will be used for event and activity registration.

Ph.D. Conference Funding

The Ph.D. Conference Fund is designed to provide doctoral students with financial support to present their research at national and international conferences. Conference presentation enable students to refine their professional communication skills and to network with colleagues in their area of study.

The Ph.D. Conference Fund should be considered a partial source support. All applicants are encouraged to seek funds from other sources, including the conference where they will be presenting, their advisor, their department, and/or their college. The Ph.D. Conference Fund award is $1500.

Click here for more information, eligibility, and application instructions.