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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.

Events and Workshops for Spring 2020

To RSVP and save your spot:

  1. Go to
  2. Select BeachSync
  3. Type in the workshop title in the search bar
  4. Select the workshop and RSVP,

Please note that the 2/28 MMI event has special RSVP instructions.

  • 2/14 - Ace the Multiple Mini-Interview
    1:00pm-2:00pm in Brotman Hall (BH) room 250
    The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format is used by many health professional schools (Medical, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dental, etc.) as an alternative to the traditional personal interview format. The approach is designed to reduce interviewer bias and evaluate important skills utilized by successful health care professionals. Come to this workshop to gain an understanding of how to prepare for this type of interview.
  • 2/19 - Getting Started in Research
    4:00pm-5:00pm in Hall of Science (HSCI) room 100
    Learn how to join the research community at CSULB, including undergraduate research opportunities and tips for finding a faculty mentor. Undergraduate students will share how their participation in research changed their undergraduate experience.
  • 2/28 - Mock Multiple Mini-Interviews for Health Professions
    10:00am-12:00pm in Brotman Hall (BH) room 250
    The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format is being utilized by more and more Admission Committees at medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and many other health professions graduate programs. This format requires the applicant to respond to multiple scenarios, role-plays, or traditional questions with two minutes of preparation for each. Each response is short, usually no more than 6-8 minutes. Professional schools use between 6 and 10 different scenarios, one immediately after the other. In our practice event, there will be three scenarios, followed by a "de-briefing" with an Advisor or recruiter. This opportunity is designed to lower the inherent anxiety that this format may evoke.
    Space is limited! Deadline to sign up is February 16 at 11:59pm. The event is open to Juniors, Seniors, and recent Alumni. There is a prep workshop on February 14 at 1:00pm (BH 250).
    How to Apply for 2/28 MMI event:
    • Step 1: Submit your Resume on CareerLINK
      1. Log in to CareerLINK through
      2. Complete these preliminary steps:
        1. Upload your revised resume under My Resumes and More in left sidebar menu
        2. Update your Graduation Date in your Academic Profile under My Account in the left sidebar menu
        3. Select Jobs & Internships > Select Search > In Keyword Search, type Mock Multiple Mini-Interviews for Health Professions
        4. Press Apply button and attach your resume
    • Step 2: Complete Online Application for 2/28 MMI event
  • CANCELED: 3/10 - LIKE A BOSS: Women in Science and Math Panel
    6:00pm-7:00pm in Hall of Science (HSCI) room 100
    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.
  • CANCELED: 4/15 - Annual Health Professions Fair
    10:00am-2:00pm at the Speakers Platform (in front of Bookstore)
    The CSULB Health Professions Fair is the premiere opportunity for students interested in a career in a health profession to speak with professional schools from around the country without having to travel. Be ready for Free stuff!

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


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.


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.