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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.

For questions about the Thrive Event Series, please contact Sonia Santos (Sonia.Santos@csulb.edu).

Fall 2021 Schedule

All events will be hosted via Zoom.

Resilient People Thrive

November 4, 5:00pm-6:00pm.
Resilience is a Top Skill needed to get through the day! And there has never been a more appropriate or more necessary time than NOW to focus on our resilience. Unfortunately, it is normal for us to seek routine and often focus more on negativity than positivity. The good news is, we change that norm and build our resilience so we can handle change, high-pressure situations, and stress in a healthier way. In this session, Jean challenges you to forget what you've learned about "bouncing back" from hardship, and instead bounce forward. Resilience will enable a positive approach to school, work, better problem-solving skills, and maintain your motivation in life so that you, and those around you, can thrive.

About the Presenter

Jean Steel

Jean Steel

Born the eldest of five children, Jean Steel spent her formative years in Africa and Asia. That decade on unfamiliar, foreign soil helped her to cultivate confidence, strength, and resilience. A born communicator, Jean's many interests developed into her career path. She earned her Master’s Degree in Wellness Mind/Body Health and has been speaking and teaching across the nation for more than 20 years. The founder of Happy People Win, a wellness training and speaking firm, Jean has also authored two books--"I'd Like to Run Wild!: A Wellness Action Guide" and "Need Change? Customer Service Tips to Grow from Good to Great."

Register for 11/4 Event

First Generation: Creating Success Through SMART Goals

November 10, 4:00pm-5:00pm.
This workshop will discuss the day-to-day process of making choices that influence our health, wellness and academic success, while also managing the impact of stress. We will provide a wellness model that can be a tool to improve outcomes of personal goals and reduce stress. The workshop will discuss student resources for future support and help students create a balance in their academic lives with SMART Goals that will prepare students to overcome challenges in their immediate future.

Register for 11/10 Event

Showcase: Science & Human Rights Presentation

November 16, 4:00pm-5:15pm.
Are you interested in exploring connections between human rights and science, and the health professions? Come to this presentation to learn how the applications of a scientific approach or a new technology can address human rights concerns and make connections between human rights obligations and the social responsibilities of scientists and health professionals.

Register for 11/16 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 or documents are available. You will need to be logged in to Zoom to watch recordings.

Applying to Graduate School 101

October 7, 2021. This workshop covers the important steps of preparing for and applying to graduate school. This session is ideal for students wanting to learn about how to apply to masters, credential, and doctoral programs.

Recording not available.

Success Strategies for Online Learning & No Subject?

September 21, 2021. 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. In addition, No Subject? will go over essential email etiquette and communication methods in which you can use to connect with your instructors and academic advisors.

Watch 9/21 Recording.

Conversations with CNSM Faculty

September 14, 2021. 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 remotely, study tips and more. Bring your questions and get advice from faculty about how to perform your best in the classroom environment.

Watch 9/14 Recording.

How to Become a Highly Qualified Professional as a College Student

April 13, 2021. Decided on a career but unsure what you need to do besides getting good grades to get there? The biggest thing to do when it comes time to getting ready to become a professional is to start while you are a still a student. By starting early, you will give yourself time to prepare and gain the confidence for career success. In this workshop, you will learn the six components to setting yourself up to becoming a highly qualified professional.

Watch 4/13 Recording.

Creating a CV/Resume for Graduate School

April 7, 2021. 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.

Recording unavailable.

First in the Family Panel

March 17, 2021. Come meet students and alumni who are the first in their family to attend a university to pursue a degree in science and math. They would like to lend you a hand in your college journey because they understand what it is to step into unfamiliar territory. Thus, they will share their experiences, offer you guidance, and give you practical tools to persevere in college. "If we can do it, so can you!"

Watch 3/17 Recording.

Getting Started in Research

February 16, 2021. 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.

Watch 2/16 Recording.

Strategies for Success: Online Learning

February 2, 2021. 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 2/2 Recording.

Industry Spotlight: Allied Health Careers

November 19, 2020. 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.

Watch 11/19 Recording.

Getting Started in Research

November 4, 2020. 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.

Watch 11/4 Recording.

Discover your Dream Career

October 15, 2020. 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.

Watch 10/15 Recording.

Applying to Grad School 101

October 8, 2020. 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!

Download 10/8 Slides (PDF).

Like a Boss: Women in Science and Math Panel

September 30, 2020. 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.

Watch 9/30 Recording.

Strategies for Success Online Learning

September 16, 2020. 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.

Thrive This Semester, Conversation with CNSM Faculty

August 31, 2020. 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.


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.