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Workshops & Events

Our spring 2021 workshops listed below will take place virtually through Zoom. 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 our Spring 2021 Workshops flyer (PDF)

SPRING 2021

February 2021

1st Gen Series: Graduate School 101

Date: Monday, February 15th
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Co-hosted with the CSULB Dream Success Center 

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Description: Prepare students to apply for grad school by reviewing the types of grad schools, the financial aid options, and resources so they can be successful. Register for workshop

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Tuesday, February 16th
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)

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, February 23th
Time: 12-2pm
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: Dr. Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Funding Your Graduate Studies

Date: Friday, February 26th
Time: 1-2:45pm
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: Dr. Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

March 2021

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Tuesday, March 2nd
Time: 2-4pm
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: Dr. Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

Creating a CV/Résumé for Graduate School

Date: Thursday, March 4th
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: 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. Register for workshop

Presenter: Sara Castro Cantu (Email: Sara.CastroCantu@csulb.edu)

Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation for Graduate School

Date: Friday, March 5th
Time: 1-2:45pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

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

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Tuesday, March 9th
Time: 2:30-4pm
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)

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Wednesday, March 10th
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)

Writing Literature Reviews

Date: Thursday, March 11th
Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: Whether required for longer papers—like theses or dissertations—or as a stand-alone class assignment, writing the literature review can present a challenge for many grad students. In this workshop, we present strategies for tackling the literature review at all stages, from planning to proofreading, and provide insights, from multiple disciplines, on how to craft the best literature review for your project. Register for workshop

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

Applying to Doctoral Programs: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, March 17th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: Interested in learning about doctoral programs? This session offers students a chance to learn more about important topics related to doctoral studies including the application process, identifying a potential faculty advisor, funding for your studies, and ultimately finding “the right” program for you. Register for workshop

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

3 Things All Students Should Know About

Date: Thursday, March 18th
Time: 2:30-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop covers 3 academic skills that all students (both undergraduate and graduate) should know about: (1) writing to your audience, (2) overcoming writing anxiety, and (3) using metacognition to improve your learning. Each topic will be briefly discussed, and resources for further reading/learning will be shared. Register for workshop

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

April 2021

Overcoming Writing Anxiety 

Date: Monday, April 5th
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; 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)

Creating a CV/Résumé for Graduate School

Date: Thursday, April 8th
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: 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. Register for workshop

Presenter: Sara Castro Cantu (Email: Sara.CastroCantu@csulb.edu)

Structuring Arguments

Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop will focus on common and effective methods for structuring academic papers (such as class assignments, journal articles, and thesis proposals) to make arguments more effective. It will discuss structure at both the paragraph and “whole-paper” levels, focusing on general-purpose advice that is applicable to all disciplines.  Register for workshop

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

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Friday, April 16th
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: Dr. Bryan Rodriguez (Email: Bryan.Rodriguez@csulb.edu)

APA Formatting

Date: Wednesday, April 21st
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)

PAST WORKSHOPS

GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Parts of Speech and Agreement
GSRC Workshop: GRE review
GSRC Workshop: GMAT review
GSRC Workshop: Teaching in Community College
GSRC Workshop: Publishing Your Research in Graduate School
GSRC Workshop: Acing Your Academic Presentation
GSRC Workshop: Navigating Graduate School as an Underrepresented Student
GSRC Workshop: Qualitative Inquiry 101
GSRC Workshop: Graduate School - Student Life
GSRC Workshop: Funding Your Graduate Studies
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Statement of purpose for Graduate School
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
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Modifiers and Parallelism
GSRC Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism
GSRC Workshop: APA Formatting & Citations
GSRC Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
GSRC Event: Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) 
GSRC Workshop: Essentials of Graduate Writing 1: Structuring Arguments
GSRC Workshop: Managing Time & Stress in Graduate School