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Workshops & Events

Our Fall 2021 workshops and will take place virtually Links to the Zoom workshops will be sent through email prior to each workshop. 

Our workshops are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-CSULB students. Download Workshops & Events flyer

Fall 2021

September

GRE Prep Workshop Series

Free GRE Workshop Series (6 Sessions): 

Register for workshop

Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: The GRE Preparation Workshop Series is designed to provide students with an overview of preparing for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general exam. Students will receive in-depth guidance on areas such as time-saving strategies, educated guessing techniques, and select GRE vocabulary. The workshops assists students with content covering all three sections of the GRE exam: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.

Registered students must purchase the following GRE textbook prior to the first workshop session: “The Official Guide to the GRE General Test, 3rd Edition” (ISBN: 9781259862410) by the Educational Testing Services (ETS). The book is available for purchase online (e.g., Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or directly from ETS) for approximately $20. It is available new, used, or in an electronic version such as Kindle.

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Thursday, September 9th
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: 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 and is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and non-CSULB students! Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Tuesday, September 14th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Thursday, September 16th
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email: Omar.Hussein@csulb.edu)

Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know

Date: Monday, September 20th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Finding Your Focus Throughout the Fall

Date: Tuesday, September 21st
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: For many students, the continuation of remote learning through the pandemic can feel difficult to navigate, at times affecting concentration, motivation, and follow-through with demands. This workshop will address common challenges you might experience as you transition into a new academic year, and introduce practical strategies that can help to enhance your focus, engagement, time management, and sense of accomplishment. Register for workshop

Presenter: Lesley Graves, CAPS Psychologist (Email: Lesley.Graves@csulb.edu

Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation 

Date: Wednesday, September 29th 
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: Learn how to get strong letters of recommendation for graduate school. Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

October

Overcoming Writing Anxiety

Date: Monday, October 4th 
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom) 

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; “crappy 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

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email: Omar.Hussein@csulb.edu)

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Wednesday, October 6th 
Time: 11am-12pm 
Location: Online (Zoom) 

Description: This workshop will cover the procedures of formatting theses and dissertations for publishing. Register for workshop

Presenter: Cecilia Paredes (Email: Cecilia.Paredes@csulb.edu)

Funding Your Graduate Studies

Date: Wednesday, October 6th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop covers basics of funding for graduate studies including topics such as graduate assistantships, campus v. external funding, and loans. Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Creating a CV/Résumé for Grad School

Date: Friday, October 8th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop teaches the fundamentals of writing and formatting CVs/résumés for graduate school applications. Topics include what experiences to list, how much detail to go into, and how to format and organize the document to make it professional and easy to read. Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, October 12th
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: 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 and is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and non-CSULB students! Register for workshop

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu

Graduate & Professional Schools Fair

Dates: October 13th & 14th
Time: TBA
Location: Online (Zoom) 

Effective Self-Care for Wellness and Life Balance

Date: Wednesday, October 20th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: True self-care involves proactive effort to nurture your mental, physical, and emotional health. It’s also something that becomes easy to neglect as a busy student, particularly amidst constraints of the pandemic. This workshop will address the importance of prioritizing holistic wellness to thrive during these demanding times. Topics will include self-care myths and effective strategies, social connection while social distancing, maintaining meaningful activities, and healthy habits to improve work/school/life balance. Register for workshop

Presenter: Lesley Graves, CAPS Psychologist (Email: Lesley.Graves@csulb.edu

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Thursday, October 21st 
Time: 4-5pm 
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop will cover the procedures of formatting theses and dissertations for publishing. Register for workshop

Presenter: Cecilia Paredes (Email: Cecilia.Paredes@csulb.edu)

APA Formatting

Date: Thursday, October 28th 
Time: 4-5:30pm 
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email: Omar.Hussein@csulb.edu)

November

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Information Session 

Date: Monday, November 8th
Time: 2-3:15pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Info Session

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Graduate Research Conference / Grad Slam Competition

Date: Tuesday, November 16th
Time: TBA
Location: Online (Zoom)

Writing to Your Audience

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop focuses on how to write clearly about technical topics and how to make specialized academic discussions both understandable and engaging for readers. Register for workshop

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email: Omar.Hussein@csulb.edu)

Overcoming Writing Anxiety 

Date: Tuesday, November 30th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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; “crappy 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

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email: Omar.Hussein@csulb.edu)

December

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Information Session 

Date: Friday, December 3rd
Time: 2-3:15pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Info Session

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Information Session 

Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 1-2:15pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Info Session

Presenter: Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

PAST WORKSHOPS

GRAD CENTER Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Parts of Speech and Agreement
GRAD CENTER Workshop: GRE review
GRAD CENTER Workshop: GMAT review
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Teaching in Community College
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Publishing Your Research in Graduate School
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Acing Your Academic Presentation
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Navigating Graduate School as an Underrepresented Student
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Qualitative Inquiry 101
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Graduate School - Student Life
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Funding Your Graduate Studies
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Writing a Statement of purpose for Graduate School
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know
​GRAD CENTER Workshop: Applying to Grad School for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Creating a CV/Résumé for Grad School
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Verb Tense and Voice
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Writing a Literature Review
GRAD CENTER Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Punctuation
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Funding for PhD Programs
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Complete Sentences
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Modifiers and Parallelism
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism
GRAD CENTER Workshop: APA Formatting & Citations
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
GRAD CENTER Event: Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) 
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Essentials of Graduate Writing 1: Structuring Arguments
GRAD CENTER Workshop: Managing Time & Stress in Graduate School