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Workshops & Events

Our fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 Workshops flyer (PDF)

Fall 2020

September 2020

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, September 8th
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

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Wednesday, September 9th
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

GRE Prep Courses - Fall 2020

Registration is now open for our Fall 2020 GRE Prep courses. The courses will take place virtually through Zoom. Please review the information below:

6 Sessions
Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16
Time: 2pm-5pm

To register and for additional details, please visit our GRE Prep Course webpage.

Overcoming Writing Anxiety 

Date: Tuesday, September 15th
Time: 4-5:30
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

Funding Your Graduate Studies

Date: Thursday, September 17th
Time: 2-3:30pm
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

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Friday, September 18th
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

Finding Your Focus While Learning Remotely

Date: Monday, September 21st
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: For many students, the transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has felt difficult to navigate, affecting concentration, motivation, and follow-through with demands. This workshop will address common challenges you might experience while learning remotely from home and introduce practical strategies that can help to enhance your focus, engagement, time management, and sense of accomplishment. Register for workshop

Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation for Grad School

Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Applying to Doctoral Programs: What You Need to Know

Date: Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 2:30-4pm
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

October 2020

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Wednesday, October 7th
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Creating a CV/Resume for Graduate School

Date: Thursday, October 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

Coping With Uncertainty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Monday, October 12th
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: Life is filled with uncertainty and changing circumstances in which we may lack control, perhaps now more than ever. This workshop will cover healthy ways to cope with uncertain times, including tips to manage stress and worry, develop flexible goals, engage in active problem-solving, and increase focus on the present.  Register for workshop

Applying to Grad School 101

Date: Tuesday, October 13th
Time: 2:30-4pm
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

Writing Literature Reviews

Date: Thursday, October 15th
Time: 4-5:30pm
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

Writing the Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part I

Date: Wednesday, October 21st
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

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting

Date: Thursday, October 22nd
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

Demystifying the GRE

Date: Tuesday, October 27th
Time: 2-3:30pm
Description: This workshop covers fundamentals of the GRE exam. This session will cover resources for studying, and address questions such as the following:

  • “Should I take the GRE?”
  • “When should I take the GRE, and how long should I study?”
  • “How should I study for the exam?”
  • “How will my scores be used by the admissions committee?”

Register for workshop

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Part II

Date: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 3:30-5pm
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

Funding Your Graduate Studies

Date: Friday, October 30th
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

November 2020

Effective Self-Care for Wellness and Life Balance

Date: Monday, November 2nd
Time: 3:30-5pm
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 COVID-19 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

Navigating Grad School as an Underrepresented Student

Date: Wednesday, November 4th
Time: 1-2:30
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: Register for workshop

Overcoming Writing Anxiety 

Date: Monday, November 9th
Time: 4-5:30
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

Applying to Grad School as an Undocumented/ DACAmented Student

Date: Tuesday, November 10th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for workshop

Student Research Competition - Information Session 1

Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for workshop

Student Research Competition - Information Session 2

Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for workshop

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Program Info Session

Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program provides funding to enable current CSU students to explore whether graduate school is right for them and to prepare those who are certain they want to pursue a PhD program in their chosen field of study. Register for info session 

December 2020

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Program Info Session

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description: The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program provides funding to enable current CSU students to explore whether graduate school is right for them and to prepare those who are certain they want to pursue a PhD program in their chosen field of study. Register for info session

 

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