Information for New Ph.D. Students
Dear New CIS Doctoral Students,
Welcome to the Graduate Program of the Department of Computer and Information Science. We look forward to working with you and hope that your graduate career here will be productive and enjoyable.
We wish you the best in your doctoral studies.
Funding Documents + Information
To obtain the proper forms needed to get on the payroll so you can get your stipend, have your tuition/fees and student health insurance paid, etc., new students should either email Penn Engineering Financial Services (PEFS) or stop in the office in 299 Towne.
Once finished, bring the completed forms and needed documents, ID, etc. with you to PEFS to submit them.
The fellowship for funded Ph.D. students includespayment of tuition and fee, an annual 12-month stipend for the academic year and single health insurance coverage through Penn’s Student Health Insurance Plan. You have to sign up for the Student Health Insurance Plan and then the department will pay it. The stipend is paid monthly, usually at the end of the month. The Business Office generally pays tuition, fees, etc. after the semester has started.
First year doctoral students can use the shared workspace, workstations with terminals, conference area, lockers and lounge area in Levine 057; click here to view photos of the workspace. Levine 057 is on the basement level and is accessible via the staircase between Levine Hall and the Moore Buildings. For access to Levine 057 contact Cheryl Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your CIS Contacts:
Graduate Coordinator for on-campus MCIT, CIS/MSE and CGGT programs
Office: 308 Levine
Graduate Coordinator for DATS
Office: 308 Levine
Graduate Coordinator for PhD program
Office: 310 Levine
Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: 459 Levine
Liz Wai-Ping Ng
Associate Director for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
PICS Program Coordinator Academic Advisor for SCMP
Office: 3401 Walnut, 5th Fl.