Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

On March 11th the University announced that beginning March 16th instruction for all students will be moving to a remote delivery format. On March 18th, it was announced that the University is extending remote course delivery through the spring semester. Learn more at gradschool.psu.edu/covid19.

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members, the Graduate School has adjusted its operations to a remote format. Official business is being conducted by email, phone or videoconference until further notice. MORE INFO>

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Congratulations on completing your doctorate degree!

As a research doctorate recipient, you are encouraged to participate in the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).

Conducted annually since 1957, the SED is a census of all individuals receiving a research doctorate from an accredited U.S. institution in a given academic year. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and five other Federal agencies. The SED collects information on the doctoral recipient’s educational history, demographic characteristics, and postgraduation plans. Results are used to assess characteristics of the doctoral population and trends in doctoral education and degrees.

The ability of the survey to accurately describe doctorate earners depends on obtaining responses from all doctorate degree recipients. Your response affects decisions made for the future generations of doctorate recipients.

How to Participate:

  • Register online to participate in the survey. After you register, you will receive a PIN and password as well as the link to the survey.
  • Penn State requests verification of survey completion. After you complete the survey, you can print the certificate of competition and return it to the Office of These and Dissertations at the Graduate School. You can also enter up to two email addresses where you would like the notification of completion to be sent to or forward the email notification. Please send all notifications to gradthesis@psu.edu.

If you have questions related to the SED, please contact 1-877-256-8167 or email sed@rti.org.