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Thrive Event Series

Don't Just Survive... Thrive!

Attending a college or university will lead to a career in which you can succeed and love what you do. But school is so much more than sitting in class and listening to lectures! The Thrive Event Series offers opportunities to College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) students for skill building in academic, professional, and personal development. Here you will find free events and workshops from a variety of CNSM and campus services.

Fall 2020 Schedule

All events will be hosted via Zoom.

Week 6 - Like a Boss: Women in Science and Math Panel

September 30, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Come meet a panel of successful professionals from the fields of science and mathematics. They will share with you their invaluable experiences working as a professional in the science and math industry. They will provide insight on how their majors helped them to make an impact in these dynamic industries. You can expect for the panel discussion to be about their experience(s) as an undergraduate/graduate student; share their career path; and their overall experience in the professional world.

Register for 9/30 Event

Meet the Panel

Claire Campregher

Claire Campregher

Claire Campregher is a California State University Long Beach Alumna, received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Math and Bachelors of Arts in Physics. She is a Consultant at Urban Science. She provides data analysis to clients at Honda’s Motorcycle Division. Her favorite part of the job is creating data visualizations in Tableau that help her clients solve their business problems.

Crystal Lassegard

Crystal Lassegard

Crystal Lassegard received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Math from University of California, San Diego. She is the Director on Actuarial Strategy, Pricing and Operations Team at UnitedHealthcare. Her responsibilities include analysis of healthcare reform legislation and actuarial advocacy training. She also has experience in individual healthcare exchange strategy and modeling, commercial product pricing, and development of network contracting tools. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Stephanie Leguizamon

Stephanie Leguizamon, M.B.S.

Stephanie Leguizamon received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at California Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Masters in Bioscience with emphasis on Business and Science at Keck Graduate Institute. She is a Cell Therapy Specialist (CTS). She works at one of the world’s leading cellular therapeutics company, Kite A Gilead Company. As a CTS she is responsible for genetically engineering patients' T-Cells with a CAR transgene to produce Kites groundbreaking YESCARTA Immuno-Cellular Therapy. Before achieving her goal of curing cancer.

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Martin works at California State University, Long Beach as the Science Education Department Chair and Professor (teaches SCED 100, 475, and 500). She was also an Elementary and Middle School Teacher. Her work involves researching college student success in STEM majors as well as partnering with school districts to develop the pedagogy and content of science teachers.

Arti Patel

Arti Patel

Arti Patel is a California State University Long Beach Alumna, received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and also completed her Masters of Science in Biochemistry. She is a Principal Scientist/Project Team Leader in Neuroscience at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) located in Cambridge, MA. Arti joined NIBR in June 2017, as the first female postdoctoral research fellow in Neuroscience (Discovery-track Postdoctoral Scholars Program), studying mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation in devastating diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal lobar dementia and Alzheimer's.

Stacie Woo

Stacie Woo, M.S.

Stacie Woo is a California State University Long Beach Alumna, received her Bachelor of Science in Physics and also completed her Masters of Science in Professional Physics. She is a Radiation Engineer. During her time as a graduate student she started an internship with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and now works there full-time as a Radiation Engineer.

Week 7 - Applying to Grad School 101

October 8, 4:00pm-5:30pm
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 10/8 Event

Week 8 - Discover your Dream Career

October 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm
This workshop is designed for students who are exploring career options in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Learn about the career decision-making process and what it takes to succeed.

Register for 10/15 Event

Week 11 - Getting Started in Research

November 4, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Join us to learn about the various undergraduate research opportunities at CSULB, tips for finding a research mentor, and external summer research experiences. Meet our panel of student researchers as they share their research journey and answer your questions about what it’s like to conduct research as an undergraduate.

Register for 11/4 Event

Week 13 - Industry Spotlight: Allied Health Careers

November 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Join a virtual panel of professionals that will share their insight on Allied Health Professions. You’ll learn more about this emerging industry and the rapidly growing career opportunities from those that are currently in the field.

Register for 11/19 Event

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations, please contact the CNSM Academic Advising Center at CNSM-Advising@csulb.edu 48 hours prior to the event. Please indicate in email subject, Accommodation for Thrive Series. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Education Institution.


Previous Events

Did you miss an event the semester, or want to watch it again? The following recordings are available. You will need to be logged in to Zoom to watch.

Thrive This Semester, Conversation with CNSM Faculty

August 31. Thrive this semester! College classes – especially during this time of remote learning – can be a crazy transition. This workshop will feature a CNSM faculty panel to answer all of your questions about academic resources, learning via Zoom, study tips and more. Bring your questions and get advice from faculty about how to perform your best in the classroom environment.

Watch 8/31 Recording. Recording is available until 12/4/20.

Week 4 - Strategies for Success Online Learning

September 16 Online learning is a challenge many are facing for the first time this fall. This workshop will cover how to create a productive learning environment, strategies for learning and staying motivated in online classes, and ways to prepare for and perform in online exams.

Watch 9/16 Recording.


Resources

The following resources are available to you as a CNSM student to help you with success.

Jensen SAS Center

The James L. Jensen Student Access to Science and Mathematics (SAS) Center serves to support, prepare, and advance the education of students in all fields of science and mathematics through active participation in research, scholarship, and co-curricular activities. The Jensen SAS Center is committed to meeting students' needs by offering individual tutoring and mentoring, academic and career workshops, and resources designed to encourage student success.

Health Professions Advising Office

Pre-health is a designation for those who seek admission to health professional programs upon completion of a baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S.). The Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) serves students interested in pursuing graduate level health professions including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, and physician assistant. HPAO provides a wide range of advising and support services designed to meet the needs of CSULB students as they navigate through the often-complex process of preparation and application to a health professional program.

Research in Science and Math

Research is the creation of new knowledge. At CSULB students are highly encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research projects. The projects may be related to the faculty member's research program or initiated by the student. Participation in research is a way to learn more about a scientific sub-discipline and to learn about the scientific method: observation; explanation of those observations through formulating hypotheses; design and performance of experiments to test the hypothesis; analysis of experimental results; and finally communication those results, the conclusions that can be drawn from them, and their significance.

Resilience Project

CNSM's Resilience Project focuses on personal stories from science and math undergraduates detailing their struggles, their successes, and what they learned along the way. The goal of this project is to show our current CNSM students that you are not alone in your struggles and that there are multiple paths towards recovery and resilience. Resilience is your capacity to tolerate disturbance without collapsing, to withstand shocks, to rebuild yourself when necessary, and to improve yourself when possible.

How to Succeed - CNSM Academic Advising Center

The goal of the CNSM Academic Advising Center is to help you learn effectively in science and mathematics classes at California State University, Long Beach. While we provide academic advising, other services on campus are available to help you find academic support, get involved, take care of your health, and find career guidance. One of the most impactful ways you can affect your academic studies is to develop a growth mindset--the belief that you can grow your abilities through dedication and hard work.

Career Development Center

The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) is to guide students through the process of educational, career and personal discovery in preparing them for success in the global workforce. The Career Development Center staff provides assistance regarding career exploration and development tailored to your specific professional needs. We can help during every step of the career-decision making process, whether it is learning about majors and career options or finding the right internship or career position. We are your best resource for job outlook, salary and employment trend information and are equipped to provide you professional career advice.

HSI-STEM

The HSI STEM Sí Puedo project works in collaboration with the College of Engineering & College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The grant aims to close the achievement gap in STEM baccalaureate degree attainment for Hispanic and low-income students.

Graduate Studies Resource Center

The Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) provides graduate school related resources and events for prospective and current post-bac students related to graduate studies.

Learning Skills Program - The Learning Center

The Learning Skills program views learning as a life-long process. Students, regardless of their perceived capabilities, are able to learn, grow and develop at all stages of their academic career. The Learning Center supports this vision by providing students, staff, and faculty services to enrich, enhance, and facilitate the learning experience. The Learning Skills program provides support to the campus community with individual appointments, workshops for classes and organizations, and additional resources.