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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).

Fall 2017


GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Modifiers and Parallelism
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: USU 303
Description: Grammar for Grad Students workshops review essential grammar you may have forgotten, but need to know for graduate school. This session focuses on maintaining parallel structure in sentences and avoiding misplaced modifiers. Register for workshop.

CSU Grad School Virtual Fair
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Online (visit link to register)
Description: Students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate program (masters, credential, certificate, doctorate) are invited to the CSU-wide Grad School Virtual Fair. This event will enable students to live chat with admissions representatives from 23 California State University campuses. Students from all majors/disciplines are welcome. Registration is free.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Workshop: The Cultural Experience - Staying Motivated Through Grad School
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 12-1pm
Location: FO3-02 (Multicultural Center)

GSRC Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: USU 303
Description: This workshop discusses the various types of plagiarism and how to avoid them. The session will include general tips, applicable to most formats (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago), for using proper citations and references to keep professors happy and Turnitin scores low. Register for workshop.


GSRC Workshop: APA Formatting & Citations
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: USU 304
Description: This workshop provides an overview of APA formatting and citations, along with tips for avoiding accidental plagiarism. The session includes a how-to on formatting cover pages, in-text citations, and reference lists. Register for workshop.

GSRC Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: USU 306
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. Register for workshop.

GSRC Event: Graduate Research Conference  
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Location: USU Ballrooms
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-disciplinary 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.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Event: Next Steps - Networking Mixer
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 5-7pm
Location: The Nugget


GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Library 201 (Spidell Lab 2)
Description: This workshop 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.

GSRC Event: Graduate Writing Institute (GWI)
Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: AS-119 (Anatol Center)
Description: The Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) provides an intensive, full-day writing opportunity for students seeking a structured writing space with access to support from CSU/UC faculty and writing staff, including individualized writing consultations. The GWI is FREE for all CSULB post-baccalaureate students (credential, masters, certificate, doctoral) and undergraduate honors students. It is ideal for students completing a class paper, thesis/dissertation, research project, statement of purpose, writing sample, or résumé/CV. For more information, visit the GWI event page.

Winter 2018


GRE Workshop: GRE Prep - 5 Sessions ($65; free for current CSULB grad students)
Dates: January 8th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th
Time: 1-4pm
Location: CSULB campus
Description: The GSRC offers low-cost GRE preparation for current and future graduate students. These sessions cover all three sections of the general GRE exam. Cost of registration for the workshops is $65. *If you are a currently enrolled CSULB post-baccalaureate student (masters, credential, certificate, doctorate), you may enroll in the GRE prep workshops and receive the GRE textbook for free. For more information, please visit our GRE information page. Space is limited.

Past Workshops - Fall 2017

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