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Workshops & Events

Our workshops are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-CSULB students! All workshops are free (except GRE Prep workshops, see below). You may also download a list of our workshops & events

FALL 2018

September

Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit

Date: Monday, September 24th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: USU 306 (map)
Description: This workshop demystifies the dreaded “writer’s block” and provides actionable advice on how to stop worrying and start writing (and hopefully even enjoy it!). Topics discussed will include real and imagined barriers to writing; first drafts; habits v. willpower; neutralizing negative thought patterns; beating perfectionism; and other tips, techniques, and secrets of highly-successful, prolific writers. 

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CSU Grad School Virtual Fair 

Date: Tuesday, September 25th
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Online
Description: This virtual grad fair event enables students to chat with program representatives from all 23 California State University campuses. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about program and admission requirements, funding, and other relevant admissions information. Registration is free! To learn more, visit the CSU Grad School Virtual Fair website.

College of Education - Cynthia Johnson Institute

Date: Friday, September 28th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: The Pointe (located in Walter Pyramid) 
The Cynthia Johnson Institute will feature a lecture from Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D., a highly respected and influential scholar in the field of higher education. She is a tenured full professor at Indiana University and president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Professor Patton Davis is best known for her important scholarship on racial and gender equity in education, culture centers on college campuses, girls and women of color in educational and social contexts, and college student development.

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October

Essentials of Graduate Writing 1: Structuring Arguments

Date: Tuesday, October 2nd
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: KIN-63 (map)
Description: This workshop will focus on common and effective methods for structuring academic papers (such as class assignments, journal articles, and thesis proposals) to make arguments more effective. It will discuss structure at both the paragraph and “whole-paper” levels, focusing on general-purpose advice that is applicable to all disciplines.

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Funding Your PhD Studies

Date: Wednesday, October 3rd
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: KIN-63 (map)
Description: This workshop covers basics of funding for PhD studies including topics such as graduate assistantships, campus vs external funding, and loans. 

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STEM x Sisters - Fall 2018 Workshops

Essentials of Graduate Writing 2: Reading like an Academic Writer 

Date: Wednesday, October 10th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: CBA-216 (map)
Description: This workshop will show graduate students how to get the most out of reading academic papers in their disciplines. It will discuss how to learn discipline-appropriate voice, style, and structure by reading academic papers (“reading with a writer’s eye”), as well as how to read research papers more quickly and efficiently.

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Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Thursday, October 11th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: Brotman Hall 250 (map)
Description: This workshop covers the important steps of preparing for and applying to graduate school. This session is ideal students wanting to learn about how to apply to masters, credential, and doctoral programs and is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and non-CSULB students! 

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Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Tuesday, October 16th
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: KIN-63 (map)
Description: Writing the statement of purpose is a critical part of the graduate application process. This session will cover important topics including how to approach the content, organization, and tone of your essay(s). 

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Essentials of Graduate Writing 3: Constructing Research Papers

Date: Wednesday, October 17th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: CBA-216 (map)
Description: Literature reviews are often discussed (and we offer an entire workshop on them), but students may also struggle with the other components of research papers and theses: the introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. This workshop will address these components, along with a brief recap of literature reviews. Questions like “How do I know when I’m being too repetitive?” and “How do I avoid including too much discussion in my results section?” will be addressed.

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Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Tuesday, October 23rd
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: KIN-63 (map)
Description: This session will build on the fundamentals covered in Part I, placing greater focus on composition, structure, and rhetorical strategies. Topics covered will include “dos and don’ts” of personal statement writing, “showing” rather than “telling,” and crafting a coherent “narrative arc.”

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Essentials of Graduate Writing 4: Writing About Data

Date: Wednesday, October 31st
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: CBA-216 (map)
Description: This workshop will provide tips for discussing data in research papers, including theses and dissertations. It does not cover mathematical techniques of data analysis (which can be learned elsewhere), but instead discusses effective ways to write about research data. Topics will include qualifying statements; expressing likelihood; describing graphs and figures; and discussing problems and limitations.

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November

Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit

Date: Wednesday, November 7th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: CBA-216 (map)
Description: This workshop demystifies the dreaded “writer’s block” and provides actionable advice on how to stop worrying and start writing (and hopefully even enjoy it!). Topics discussed will include real and imagined barriers to writing; “first drafts”; habits versus willpower; neutralizing negative thought patterns; beating perfectionism; and other tips, techniques, and secrets of highly-successful, prolific writers. 

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GSRC Event: Graduate Research Conference

Date: Wednesday, November 14th
Time: 4-7pm
Location: USU Ballrooms (map)
Description: The Graduate Research Conference provides a forum for graduate students (master’s, credential, certificate, and doctoral) to showcase their scholarly work and their promise as future innovators, researchers, and academics. This cross-discipli--nary event allows graduate students from all fields of study to present their research and network with members of the entire community. All graduate students are encouraged to participate, regardless of where they are at in their research projects. The conference is based on the assumption that research projects are at different stages of development. Undergraduates interested in exploring graduate studies and research are encouraged to attend.

Graduate Writing Institute

Date: November 30th
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: TBA
Description: The GWI provides an intensive writing opportunity for graduate students seeking a structured writing space with access to support from faculty and writing staff, including individualized writing consultations. The GWI is FREE for all CSULB post-baccalaureate students (credential, master's, certificate, doctoral) and honors undergraduates. It is ideal for students completing a class paper, thesis/dissertation, research project, statement of purpose, writing sample, or CV/résumé. Please visit the the Graduate Writing Institute page for more details.  

December

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Tuesday, December 4th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Spidell 2 - 2nd floor of University Library (map)
Description: This workshop provides graduate students covers the basics of the University Style Manual rules and online submission process. The session includes online research techniques with database tips and a Q&A session with a thesis and dissertation format evaluator to address any formatting questions or concerns.

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PAST WORKSHOPS

 2017-2018

GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Parts of Speech and Agreement
GSRC Workshop: GRE prep 
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Statement of purpose for Graduate School
GSRC Event: Graduate & Professional Schools Fair
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know
​GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
GSRC Workshop: Creating a CV/Résumé for Grad School
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Verb Tense and Voice
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Literature Review
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Punctuation
GSRC Workshop: Funding for PhD Programs
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Complete Sentences
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Modifiers and Parallelism
GSRC Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism
GSRC Workshop: APA Formatting & Citations
GSRC Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
GSRC Event: Graduate Research Conference 
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
GSRC Event: Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) 
GSRC Workshop: GRE prep
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
​GSRC Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Literature Review
GSRC Workshop: Essentials of Graduate Writing 1: Structuring Arguments
GSRC Workshop: Managing Time & Stress in Graduate School
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101