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Our workshops are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-CSULB students! All workshops are free (except GRE Prep workshops, see below). Download list of workshops

Spring 2018

FEBRUARY

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School
Date: February 14th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: HHS1-200 (map)
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

3rd Annual MLK Day of Service
Date: February 16th
Time: 8:30am-3pm
Location: University Student Union (USU), Southwest Terrace 
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is excited to host the 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service to provide students with the opportunity to honor the many contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to the local community. The MLK Day of Service will take place on Friday, February 16th from 8:30am to 3pm at a designated service site in the Long Beach community.

 

17th Annual Latina Connection Conference: Honoring our Past, Transforming our Future
Date: February 16th
Time: 8:30am-4pm
Location: University Student Union (USU) Ballrooms (map)

30th Annual Student Research Competition
Date: February 16th
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: College of Business Administration (CBA) Building (map)
Description: The 30th annual CSULB Student Research Competition is a cross-disciplinary event which features research and scholarly work from CSULB undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. All students are invited to attend, no RSVP required. For more information, please visit the CSULB Student Research Competition website or contact ORSP-SRC@csulb.edu.

Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know
Date: February 20th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: VEC 227 (map)
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

CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
Date: February 21st
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Library 116 – Spidell 1 (map)
Description: This workshop provides graduate students covers the basics of the University Style Manual rules and online submission process. The session includes online research techniques with database tips and a Q&A session with a thesis and dissertation format evaluator to address any formatting questions or concerns. Register for workshop

19th Annual MLK Celebration
Date: February 26th
Time: 12-2pm
Location: University Student Union (USU) Ballrooms
The MLK Celebration will feature speakers, poets, singers, and dancers, and more.  The celebration will be from 12-1pm in the USU Ballrooms. After the celebration, there will be a keynote/open panel discussion featuring Funmilola Fagbamila, students, and faculty from 1-2pm. Free lunch will be served during the keynote/panel discussion. This event is open to all students, staff, and faculty.

APA Formatting & Citations
Date: February 27th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: VEC 227 (map)
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

Creating a CV/Résumé for Grad School
Date: February 28th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: HHS1-200 (map)
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

Zotero and Citation Management
Date: February 28th
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: Spidell 2 - Library 201
Description: Zotero, a citation management tool helps researchers collect, manage and cite bibliographic sources (articles, books, websites, etc.) in APA, MLA and various citation styles. Learn how Zotero can be used as a collaborative and user-friendly alternative to Refworks, EndNote or other bibliographic citation tools. The workshop is ideal for students and faculty interested in managing citations.

MARCH

Writing a Literature Review
Date: March 6th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: ED2-175 (map)
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

Essentials of Graduate Writing 1: Structuring Arguments
Date: March 7th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: EN2-105 (map)
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

Managing Time & Stress in Graduate School
Date: March 7th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: LA5-149 (map)
Description: Graduate school can be hectic, and often times, stressful for students. This session will address various ways to manage time and stress in balancing school, work, and life as a grad student. This session is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Register for workshop

Essentials of Graduate Writing 2: Reading Like an Academic Writer
Date: March 13th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: VEC 227 (map)
Description: This workshop will show graduate students how to get the most out of reading academic papers in their disciplines. It will discuss how to learn discipline-appropriate voice, style, and structure by reading academic papers (“reading with a writer’s eye”), as well as how to read research papers more quickly and efficiently. Register for workshop

Teaching in Community College
Date: March 14th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: LA5-149 (map)
Description: This workshop offers tips for students seeking careers in teaching community college. The session will feature a panel of CSULB alumni who are currently teaching in community college and will include multiple academic disciplines/areas of study. All students are welcome to attend. Register for workshop

Funding for PhD Programs
Date: March 20th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: VEC 227 (map)
Description: This workshop covers basics of funding for PhD studies including topics such as graduate assistantships, campus v. external funding, and loans. Register for workshop

Publishing Your Research in Graduate School
Date: March 21st
Time: 4-6pm
Location: LA5-149 (map)
Description: This workshop offers strategies for students looking to publish their research in graduate school. The session will feature a faculty panel representing multiple academic disciplines/areas of study. All students are welcome to attend. Register for workshop

APRIL

Applying to Grad School 101
Date: April 3rd
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: ED2-175 (map)
Description: 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 workshop

Avoiding Plagiarism
Date: April 10th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: ED2-175 (map)
Description: 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

Applying to Doctoral Programs - What You Need to Know
Date: April 17th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: ED2-175 (map)
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

Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
Date: April 25th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: LA1-202 (map)
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

Summer 2018

JUNE

Graduate Writing Institute
Date, time, location: TBA
Description: The GWI provides an intensive writing opportunity for graduate students seeking a structured writing space with access to support from faculty and writing staff, including individualized writing consultations. The GWI is FREE for all CSULB post-baccalaureate students (credential, master's, certificate, doctoral) and honors undergraduates. It is ideal for students completing a class paper, thesis/dissertation, research project, statement of purpose, writing sample, or CV/résumé. Register for Graduate Writing Institute

GSRC Workshop Low-Cost GRE Prep (Free for current CSULB graduate students; $65 for all other students/alumni)
Date, time, location: TBA
Description: The GSRC offers low-cost GRE preparation for current and future graduate students. These sessions cover all sections of the general GRE exam and are taught by a GRE preparation instructor with over 20 years of experience. Register for GRE Prep

Applying to Grad School 101
Date, time, location: TBA
Description: 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!

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
Date, time, location: TBA
Description: This workshop provides graduate students covers the basics of the University Style Manual rules and online submission process. The session includes online research techniques with database tips and a Q&A session with a thesis and dissertation format evaluator to address any formatting questions or concerns.


Past Workshops: 2017-18

GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Grammar for Grad Students - Parts of Speech and Agreement
GSRC Workshop: GRE prep 
GSRC Workshop: Writing a Statement of purpose for Graduate School
GSRC Event: Graduate & Professional Schools Fair
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
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 Research Conference 
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
GSRC Event: Graduate Writing Institute (GWI) 
GSRC Workshop: GRE prep
GSRC Workshop: Applying to Grad School 101
GSRC Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety & Developing a Writing Habit
GSRC Workshop: CSULB Thesis & Dissertation Formatting
​GSRC Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism