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Workshops & Events

Our spring and summer 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.


June 2021

GRE Prep Workshop Series

GRE Workshop Series (6 Sessions): 

The GSRC will offer a GRE Prep workshop series for free in Summer 2021.

Dates: June 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22  
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Friday, June 4th
Time: 2-3:30pm
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:

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Monday, June 7th
Time: 2-3:30pm
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:

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Wednesday, June 9th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Presenter: Cecilia Paredes (Email:

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Monday, June 14th
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:

Funding Your Graduate Studies

Date: Wednesday, June 16th
Time: 12-1:30pm
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:

GRE Analytical Writing

Date: Friday, June 18th
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: This workshop models effective strategies for writing timed essays under pressure, with a focus on the GRE. Topics include pacing yourself, brainstorming, outlining, providing evidence, thesis statements, counter-arguments, and limiting your scope. While the workshop is GRE-based, it presents strategies that are relevant for most standardized exams and in-class essay writing. Register for workshop

Presenter: Omar Hussein (Email:

Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation 

Date: Monday, June 21st
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:


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