Workshops and Events

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Spring 2021 Series of Virtual Events


UCLA Graduate Division: Beyond the Bachelor's Webinar, Preparing for Graduate Research Opportunities

Thursday, January 14 | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

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UCLA Beyond the Bachelor's Webinar Flyer

In this interactive workshop participants will develop effective virtual communication skills to reach out to potential mentors. This workshop will help students begin to search for summer research opportunities, email faculty, and prepare to facilitate a meeting with faculty on Zoom. Questions? Email Erika Salazar at esalazar@grad.ucla.edu.

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Tips on Creating Effective Oral & Poster Presentations Workshop

Thursday, February 4 | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

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ips on Creating Effective Oral & Poster Presentations Workshop

Join this workshop to learn tips on how to create effective poster and oral presentations. CSUDH’s annual Student Research Conference is just around the corner! Your presentation is a continuation of your hard work and should be created successfully to showcase your research findings in a compelling way. Topics will include presentation content, organizational strategies, and effective visual aids, meeting poster guidelines and preparing a 2-3 minute pitch. 

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Video Recording


Dr. Cesar De Leon: My Research Journey from CSUDH to USC to Yale

Friday, February 19 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Cesar De Leon: My Research Journey from CSUDH to USC to Yale Flyer

Dr. De Leon will be sharing his experience as a CSUDH undergraduate researcher and how he successfully survived graduate school at USC to becoming a Hanna H. Gray Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.

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Video Recording


SRC Mock Presentations & Feedback Sessions

Monday-Friday: February 22-26 | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (each day)

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SRC Mock Presentations & Feedback Sessions Flyer

The 2021 Student Research Conference (SRC) is approaching and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is here to prepare & help improve student presentation performance primarily in a virtual setting. Sign up for a "SRC Mock Presentation & Feedback Session". Students will present their work to a faculty-audience and receive direct feedback from faculty. This activity comes highly recommended for first-time presenters.  If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below and select a day and time.

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Math & English (GRE Prep) Workshop

Saturdays: March 13, 20, 27; April 10, 24 & May 1 | 9:00 AM-12:30 PM (each day)

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This Math and English Workshop is designed to increase students’ English, analytical and mathematics proficiency and to polish knowledge already attained in required English and math classes. Improvement will be reflected in coursework, as well as GRE scores, making students more competitive and prepared for graduate school. Many graduate programs are waiving the GRE requirement. However, this is not the case for all programs. We strongly advise you to not pick a graduate program just because they are not requiring the GRE. Choose programs because you find them fascinating and a great fit for your educational plan and apply. If that means you have to take the GRE, then do it! Don't limit yourself.

Please be aware that signing up does not guarantee participation. This workshop has limited space and students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis. Student's full commitment to attend all 6-sessions is required. If you are not certain you are able to attend all sessions, please do not sign up. This is a 2.4 CEU award course, however, credit will only be given to those who satisfy all requirements.

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Monique Turner, M.A.: My Research Journey from CSUDH to a PhD Candidate at Alliant International University

Tuesday, March 9 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

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Monique Turner: My Research Journey Flyer

Please join us as Ms. Turner shares her experience as a CSUDH RISE undergraduate researcher and her current graduate life at Alliant International University.

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Stress Management for Student Researchers

Tuesday, March 16 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Stress Management Presentation

As student researchers, managing coursework, exams, research projects, graduate school applications, employment and other external demands and challenges that are part of life, can become overwhelming for anyone!  Join in to discover healthy ways to deal with stress successfully. All students are welcome!

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Writing a Statement of Purpose Workshop

Friday, April 9 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

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Writing a Statement of Purpose Workshop

This workshop will provide you with essential information to begin crafting and drafting an effective statement of purpose that accompanies your graduate school application. Come prepared to start writing!

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Tips on Developing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) Workshop

Tuesday, April 13 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

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Tips on Developing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) Workshop

Learn how to develop your undergraduate or graduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities and graduate school applications. Learn essential information on how to market your research skills and highlight your academic and professional experiences.

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Graduate Admissions Bootcamp 

Friday & Saturday, April 16-17 | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Graduate Admissions Bootcamp Flyer

This workshop provides much insight into the graduate admission process. Topics discussed are how to prepare for graduate school (i.e. summer internships, research experience, publication, etc.), strategies on searching for the best schools and faculty members that matches your research interest, best approaches for getting the best recommendation letters, tips on writing a great personal statement, and funding graduate school.

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Fall 2020 Workshops & Events

Fall 2020 Series of Virtual Events


CSUDH Department of Biology: Student Research Panel

Friday, November 20 | 3:00-4:00 PM

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CSUDH Biology Student Research Panel Flyer

Interested in research? Come hear from your fellow Biology Toros on how you can get involved!

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Video Recording

Biology Research Flyer


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Workshop

Monday, November 16 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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REU Workshop Flyer

Learn about the REU application process and how you can gain a paid research experience, develop skills to transition into a graduate program and build relationships with mentors and fellow interns! Facilitated by Dr. Horace Crogman, CSUDH Assistant Professor.

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Video Recording

Presentation Slides


Dr. Hernan Garcia, UC Berkeley- The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: A Career In Science

November 10 | 12:00-1:00 PM

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Join us for a virtual informal talk to discuss research careers with Dr. Hernan Garcia, Assistant Professor, University of California at Berkeley!

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Video Recording


Dr. Teresa Ramirez, CSUDH RISE Alumna: My Research Journey from CSUDH to Brown University

Friday, November 6 | 1:00-2:00 PM

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Teresa Ramirez Flyer

Dr. Ramirez will be sharing her experience as an CSUDH undergraduate researcher and how she successfully survived graduate school at an Ivy League Research Institution. In addition, she will discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in academia and research.

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Video Recording


Joselyn Yamamoto, CSUDH RISE Alumna: My Research Journey from CSUDH to Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, October 28 | 2:00-3:00 PM

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Joselyn Yamamoto Flyer

Please join us as Ms. Yamamoto, PhD Candidate/CSUDH RISE Alumna, shares her experience as an undergraduate student researcher at CSUDH and her current graduate life at Johns Hopkins University! Ms. Yamamoto is a CSUDH alumna and former participant in the RISE Program under the mentorship of Dr. Fang Wang in the Department of Biology.

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Video Recording


Dr. Nancy Street, UT Southwestern: Information Session

Tuesday, October 13 | 2:00-3:00 PM

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UTSW-Nancy Street Presentation Flyer

Learn about PhD and MD/PhD Education and Summer Research Opportunities at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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Grad School 101 Workshop

Wednesday, September 29 | 2:00-3:00 PM

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Grad School 101 Flyer

This workshop will provide strategies for submitting an impressive graduate school application and an overview of the graduate school application timeline, researching potential faculty mentors, preparing personal statements, tips for obtaining strong letters of recommendation, and preparing for entrance exams. Hosted by the Career Center, McNair Program and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Martinez, CSUDH McNair Scholars, Program Director.

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Video Recording


Graduate Admissions Workshop: Part 2

Wednesday, September 23 | 12:00-1:00 PM

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Graduate Admissions Workshop- Part 2 Flyer

How prepared are you for graduate school? This workshop is designed for seniors who are pursuing graduate studies. Join in to learn about the graduate school admissions process and tips on how to develop a strong application. Topics to be covered: Master’s vs. PhD Programs, researching grad schools and programs, application timeline, writing personal statements, asking for letters of recommendation, and seeking funding opportunities. Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Martinez, CSUDH McNair Scholars, Program Director.

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Video Recording


Applying for the NSF GRFP Workshop

Wednesday, September 16 | 12:00-1:00 PM

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NSF-GRFP Workshop Flyer

The NSF GRFP is a fellowship program that directly supports students in various STEM fields including social science and STEM education. Each Fellowship provides 3-years of support during a 5-year fellowship period. For each of the 3 years of support, NSF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution of higher education for each Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year. This workshop is especially for seniors who are applying to graduate school next year. The workshop will provide an overview of the application process, tips for strengthening your application, and developing a timeline for productive writing and submission. Facilitated by Dr. Terry McGlynn, CSUDH OUR Director.

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Video Recording


Graduate Admissions Workshop: Part 1

Friday, September 11 | 12:00-1:00 PM

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Graduate Admissions Workshop- Part 1 Flyer

It's never too early to start preparing for graduate school? If you are a Sophomore, Junior or New Transfer Student, join in to learn about the graduate school admissions process and have your questions answered! Topics to be covered: Applying to REUs/SROPs, Master’s vs. PhD Programs, researching grad schools and programs, application timeline, writing personal statements, studying for the GRE, getting GRE/application waivers, asking for letters of recommendation, and seeking funding opportunities. Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Martinez, CSUDH McNair Scholars, Program Director.

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Participant's Survey

Video Recording

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

You’re invited to participate in the 2020 Virtual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, which will be held the week of October 12-16, 2020!

During this 5-day experience, you will have the opportunity to hear dynamic speakers, exclusive time with graduate recruiters, graduate school preparation and professional development workshops will be hosted throughout the day covering topics related to graduate admissions and best practices for succeeding in graduate school.

The Registration DEADLINE has been extended to Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Below is the Registration information:

https://www.caldiversityforum.org/index.php/student-registration-virtual. The registration code is: hornets2020.  

Examples of topics you should expect to be covered: 

  • How to Select the Right Graduate School
  • How to Prepare for and Apply to Graduate School
  • How to Write a Winning Statement of Purpose
  • How to Prepare for the GRE
  • Sources of Funding for Graduate School
  • The Role of Undergraduate Research in Graduate Admissions
  • The Relation of the Master's Degree to the Ph.D.
  • Keys to Success and Survival in Graduate School
  • Graduate Education for Re-Entry Students

 Sample Questions for Graduate School Recruiters:

  • When is the deadline to apply?
  • When do graduate exam scores need to be sent?
  • How many letters of recommendation are required?
  • What is the minimum GPA required for admittance to the university AND to the specific program you are interested in?
  • What graduate exams are required and would they know the minimum score for admission? (Remember a graduate program at a university may have different criteria than for the general university requirements).
  • Do they offer financial assistance?  In what form?  (This could be financial support as a graduate assistant, teaching assistant or research assistant).
  • If the university is out of state, what kind of housing do they offer?  If you’re married, do they have residences for married couples (or significant other)?
  • If you have a very high GPA and you qualify as a potential candidate, do they pay your travel or stay to be interviewed at the university by the faculty there?
  • How long is the program – how much time would it take to complete?
  • Do they offer placement assistance upon completing degree?