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.

Professor Mayur Naik
Graduate Group Chair
Office: Levine 610

Britton Carnevali
Doctoral Program Manager
Office: Levine 310

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.

Office Space

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

Graduate Program:

Your CIS Contacts:

Redian Furxhiu
Graduate Coordinator for on-campus MCIT, CIS/MSE and CGGT programs
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-898-1668

Staci Kaplan
Program Manager for DATS (Data Science MSE)
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2431

Britton Carnevali
Doctoral Program Manager
Office: 310 Levine
Phone: 215-898-5515

Mariel Celentano
Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: 459 Levine
Phone: 215-573-4907

Liz Wai-Ping Ng
Associate Director for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
Phone: 215-898-8543

Julia Esposito
PICS Program Coordinator, SCMP Academic Coordinator
Office: 3401 Walnut, 5th Fl.
Phone: 215-573-6037