The Endurance PhD Program was developed by Leslie Ellen Blood, PhD, to address common graduate student concerns as they transition from students to scholars. This five-year accountability program teaches students how to succeed in graduate school while providing important structures to support their newfound scholastic independence. Endurance PhD is backed by best-practices curriculum and original research on habits and productivity. Sign up today and set yourself up for a lifetime of success. 

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Build Your Base 

Build Your Base Seminar is the first of a series of seminars open to all masters and doctorate students. This year-long seminar will focus on time management skills, your personal accountability style and how to build productivity blocks. This seminar is for first year students who are new to the graduate school accountability programs. 

Wednesdays from 9-10 am.

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Fuel 

Fuel is for PhD students who have six months to one year of course work left. Students should be familiar with the content in Build Your Base prior to joining Fuel. During our Fuel Seminar we will focus on the importance of feeding positive habits into your graduate school experience and how to lessen resistance to performing tasks that are essential to your research and academic success.

Tuesdays from 9-10 am. 

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Climb

Climb is for PhD students who are planning to take their comprehensive exams. Climb focuses on building grit, understanding motivations and value-based goal setting. This is the time to focus on what is important to you and how your values should determine your goals and the actions you take as you move through graduate school and life.

Mondays from 10-11 am. 

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Belt Buckle

Let this elite level performance seminar help you as you finish your dissertation, defend and look for employment post PhD. Expect to focus heavily on your personal productivity strategies, critically examine your habits and apply customized goal-setting techniques in our weekly meetings.It’s time to graduate!

Mondays from 9-10 am. 

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Is it your first time attending?

Please take the Enneagram​ quiz and The Four Tendencies Quiz first. Then, please fill out this Google Form to RSVP. We look forward to meeting you!

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What is this group about?

Graduate students face unique challenges when it comes to balancing multiple projects in addition to research, publishing, and teaching obligations. The dissertation process can be particularly isolating. This accountability seminar helps graduate students working on their dissertations to set goals, manage their time efficiently, and maintain good writing habits, while fostering relationships with peers across disciplines. 

The goal of the seminars is to improve work efficiency and productivity while keeping each other accountable on dissertation writing goals. This seminar focuses on managing four-hour productivity blocks, accountability, and goal-setting. 

How often do I attend these seminars?

Participants attend one seminar every week online via Zoom. Consistent attendance is crucial for accountability: You have to show up and report to your peers on your dissertation progress. The goal is to create a consistent group that meets weekly, rather than irregular drop-in workshops. 

Still have questions?

Check out the Graduate Writing Program FAQs page

More Information & Contact 

For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Manager.