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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). Download our workshop flyer for a full list of the GSRC Fall 2019 workshops!

FALL 2019

September

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, September 10th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: USU 303

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! Register for workshop

Writing the Statement of Purpose, Part 1

Date: Wednesday, September 11th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: USU 303

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). Register for workshop

Low-Cost GRE Prep-Fall 2019

Dates:
Session 1: Friday, September 13th
Session 2: Friday, September 20th
Session 3: Friday, September 27th
Session 4: Friday, October 4th
Session 5: Friday, October 11th
Session 6: Friday, October 18th

Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Location: TBD

Description: The GSRC offers low cost GRE preparation for all current and future graduate students (including non-CSULB students). These sessions cover all three sections of the general GRE exam and are taught by a GRE preparation instructor with over 20 years of experience. For an overview about what the GRE encompasses and resources available, please visit this GRE Article.

Essentials of Academic Writing: Reading like an Academic Writer

Date: Tuesday, September 17th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: LA5-261
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. Register for workshop

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Wednesday, September 18th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: USU 303

Description: This workshop focuses on the nuts and bolts of drafting your statement of purpose. Topics include “dos and don’ts,” avoiding “kisses of death,” statements of confidence, effective essay structure, and useful sentence stems. While we recommend attending both Part 1 and 2, each workshop is self-contained and can be attended on its own. Register for workshop

Graduate & Professional Schools Fair

Date: Thursday, September 19th
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: USU Ballrooms
Description: This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about masters, doctoral, certificate, and credential programs at CSULB and other colleges and universities across the country. Explore different academic options and get informed about various post-baccalaureate opportunities as you begin preparing for the next steps of your education. Learn more about this event.

CNSM Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, September 20th
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: USU Ballrooms

Description: Present your research while connecting and networking with the CNSM community. The entire CSULB campus community and friends of CSULB are invited to celebrate these students' accomplishments and examine their research. Please check out the event flyer for more information. 

CSU Grad School Virtual Fair

Date: Thursday, September 26th
Time: 12-6pm
Description: Meet admission reps and faculty from graduate programs in a live online event. Free for all prospective students to attend. Register for workshop

College of Education - Cynthia Johnson Institute

Date: Friday, September 27th
Time: 9am-1pm (check-in begins at 8:30am)
Location: The Pointe located in the Pyramid
Description: A call to action: Chaning demographics and inclusive learning in higher education. Guest speaker, Dr. Robert Teranishi, Professor, UCLA. Register for event.

October

Applying to Doctoral Programs: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: SS/PA 112)
Description: Interested in learning about doctoral programs? This session offers students a chance to learn more about important topics related to doctoral studies including the application process, identifying a potential faculty advisor, funding for your studies, and ultimately finding “the right” program for you. Register for workshop

International Grad Student Midweek Mixer

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd
Time: 3-5pm
Location CPIE 100

Description: The Center for International Education and Graduate Studies Resource Center invite you to attend the “International Graduate Student Midweek Mixer” event on October 2, 2019.  This is a great opportunity to connect with international grad students, faculty and staff to promote grad culture at CSULB! The event begins at 3pm and runs until 5pm. Please come and enjoy food, hear from international students and interact with CSULB friends and colleagues. Please RSVP by September 25th. Please see the mixer event flyer for more information.

CSULB Thesis and Dissertation Formatting

Date: Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 2-3pm
Location: LIB 201, Spidell 2)
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. Register for workshop

Creating a CV/Résumé for Grad School

Date: Wednesday, October 9th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: SS/PA-112)
Description: This workshop will focus on how to create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé for graduate school applications. The session will cover strategies on how to approach formatting, organizing, and highlighting relevant experiences that can help strengthen your graduate application. Register for workshop

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Thursday, October 10th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: BH 250
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! Register for workshop

Overcoming Writing Axiety & Developing a Writing Habit

Date: Tuesday, October 15th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: LA5-261)
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. Register for workshop

Writing the Statement of Purpose, Part I

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: SS/PA-112
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). Register for workshop

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Wednesday, October 30th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: SS/PA-112)
Description: This workshop focuses on the nuts and bolts of drafting your statement of purpose. Topics include “dos and don’ts,” avoiding “kisses of death,” statements of confidence, effective essay structure, and useful sentence stems. While we recommend attending both Part 1 and 2, each workshop is self-contained and can be attended on its own. Register for workshop

November

Applying to Doctoral Programs: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: CBA 216
Description: Interested in learning about doctoral programs? This session offers students a chance to learn more about important topics related to doctoral studies including the application process, identifying a potential faculty advisor, funding for your studies, and ultimately finding “the right” program for you. Register for workshop

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, November 12th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: CBA 216
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! Register for workshop

Essentials of Academic Writing: Writing about Data

Date: Wednesday, November 13th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: SS/PA-112
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. Register for workshop

Graduate Research Conference

Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 4-7pm
Location: USU Ballrooms
Description: The Graduate Research Conference at CSULB 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-disciplinary event allows CSULB graduate students from all fields of study to present their research and network with members of the entire community. Learn More

December

Graduate Writing Institute

Date: Friday, December 6th
Time: 9am-4pm
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. Register for Graduate Writing Institute

PAST WORKSHOPS

2018-2019

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