Graduate Studies

  • AGE - RGS Event

Advancement to Graduate Education Conference (AGE)

Thinking about pursing a Master's or Doctoral Degree?

The AGE conference is an all-day FREE event where CSUN students learn about graduate school—both master’s and doctoral degrees. The conference will begin with our distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. David Stamps, followed by a variety of workshops to assist students with preparing for graduate school. If you would like to view the featured workshops, please click on the accordion below.

Welcome Letter

Dear AGE Participants:

We are thrilled to have you join us today and hope that you are able to explore ideas and learn about graduate education as you participate in the various sessions throughout the day. You will have several opportunities to acquire information about graduate school from many of our incredible faculty members, current students and alumni. You will explore the graduate application process, learn how to finance your education, and how to succeed in graduate school. We hope that you are able to take full advantage of all of the workshops offered.

The future workplace will be exciting, with projects being complex and multi-disciplinary. Solving problems will require domain specific expertise as well as the ability to communicate ideas with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. A graduate degree can adequately prepare you for what lies ahead.

We hope that you will come visit us in our offices, attend workshops throughout the year and take advantage of all of the opportunities that CSUN has to offer to you. We wish you personal success and professional fulfillment in your future graduate educational endeavors.

Sincerely,

Dr. Amy Levin
Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies

Program Schedule

  • 9:00 AM         
    Welcome Remarks
    Presenter:
    Dr. Amy Levin, Asst. Vice President of Graduate Studies

  • 9:05 AM         
    Keynote Address
    Presenter:
    Dr. David Stamps, Louisiana State University

  • 9:55 AM BREAK

  • 10:00 AM     
    Workshop Title: Applying to and Getting Accepted into Graduate School
    Presenter: Dr. Scott Plunkett, Psychology Dept.

  • 10:55 AM BREAK

  • 11:00 AM (Select one Workshop)
    Workshop Title:
    How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (S&BS)
    Presenter: Dr. Wendy Ashley, Social Work Dept.

    Workshop Title: How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (College of Science and Math and College of Engineering and Computer Science)
    Presenter: Dr. Priya Ganguli, Geological Science Dept.

    Workshop Title: How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (HHD and HUM)
    Presenter: Dr. Melisa Galvan, Chicana/o Studies Dept.

  • 12:00 PM Lunch on your own

  • 12:30 PM (Select one Workshop)
    Workshop Title:
    How to Finance your Graduate Education
    Presenter: Dr. Cherie Francis, UCLA Grad Division

    Workshop Title: How to Finance your CSU Graduate Education
    Presenter: Sonya Adlersberg, CSUN Financial Aid Department

  • 1:25 PM BREAK

  • 1:30 PM (Select one Workshop)
    Workshop Title:
    GRE: Crack the Test and Get In!
    Presenter: Joan Martin, Princeton Review

    Workshop Title: Requesting letters of Recommendation & Building Relationships with faculty
    Presenter: Dr. Stefanie Drew, Psychology Dept.

    Workshop Title: Keys to Success & Survival in Graduate School (Graduate Student Panel)
    Panelist: Kenia Rodriguez, University of Connecticut, English PhD Student; Jean Pauline Serrano, CSUN Graduate Student, Psychological Science; Jasmin Rodriguez, CSUN Graduate Student, Doctoral Audiology; Jose Torres, UC Irvine former PhD Student, Law and Society
    Moderator: Dr. Amy Levin

  • 2:25 PM BREAK

  • 2:30PM           
    Workshop Title:
    Health and Well-being in Graduate School
    Presenter: Dr. Bobbie Emetu, Health Sciences Dept.

9:05 AM Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Stamps

About the Keynote Speaker

David Stamps (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the Information Design and Corporate Communication department at Bentley University. His research focuses on interpersonal engagement among racialized minorities, representations of marginalized groups in mass media and the impact of mass media imagery on audience members. Specifically, his research is aimed at understanding the psychological and behavioral effects of identity-focused interpersonal interactions, and audiences’ exposure to and engagement with mass media, including digital, news, and entertainment media. Inherent in his work is a recognition that issues of class, gender, race, ability, geographic location, and sexuality meaningfully impact these relationships.

David’s research appears in several published books including, Films as Rhetorical Texts: Cultivating Discussion about Race, Racism and Race Relations, and over a dozen peer-reviewed journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. David is the inaugural recipient of The Claudine Michel Advocacy and Excellence Award. Dr. Stamps’ work has been funded by the Congressional Black Caucus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, The Social Science Research Council, and The E Pluribus Unum Institute. A former publicist and grant writer, he also holds a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago and is an alumnus, having earned his M.A. from California State University, Northridge.

You can find him on Twitter at @davidstampsII and www.davidlstamps.com.

10:00 AM Workshop and Description

Workshop Title: Applying to and Getting Accepted into Graduate School
Presenter: Dr. Scott Plunkett, Psychology Dept.

Workshop Description: This workshop will discuss how to select a graduate school, the nuts and bolts of applying, and the things you need to know to submit a strong application.

11:00AM Workshops and Descriptions

Workshop Title: How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (S&BS)
Presenter: Dr. Wendy Ashley, Social Work Dept.

Workshop Description: The Statement of Purpose (SOP) (also referred to as an Application Essay, Objectives for Graduate Study, Personal Background, Cover Letter, or some comparable title) is one of the most important, and one of the most challenging parts of your graduate school application. Because graduate school takes focus, determination and resilience, admissions committees are looking for applicants who can articulate why and how they will be successful in the discipline they are applying for.  This document is the only way that you can make a good, strong impression and demonstrate to the admissions committee why you are a solid fit for their program.  This workshop will define what the SOP is, identify what admissions committees are looking for, and provide tips, tools and strategies for preparing, drafting, editing and completing your best, most successful SOP.

Workshop Title: How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (CSM and CECS)
Presenter: Dr. Priya Ganguli, Geological Science Dept.

Workshop Description: TBD

Workshop Title: How to Compose a Successful Statement of Purpose (HHD and HUM)
Presenter: Dr. Melisa Galvan, Chicana/o Studies Dept.

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will explore the central document of your application package -- the Statement of Purpose (sometimes called the Personal Statement). We will explore how this document outlines what you intend to focus on in a graduate program, how all of your academic experiences have built towards your research project, how your intended school is the ideal place to pursue your research agenda, and what you hope to contribute to your school and field.  We will discuss strategies for standing out from the crowd while also adhering to the structure and content schools expect in the document. The Statement of Purpose is an incredibly important distillation of your academic path, and you will leave this workshop with an understanding of content and approach so you can get started with a draft and begin soliciting the feedback of faculty in your own field.

12:30 PM Workshops and Descriptions

Workshop Title: How to Finance your Graduate Education
Presenter: Dr. Cherie Francis, UCLA Grad Division

Workshop Description: Overview of the variety of resources available to new and continuing graduate students at University of California and other campuses, including special fellowships, research assistantships, internships, grants, and extramural prizes and awards from foundations and government agencies.

Workshop Title: How to Finance your CSU Graduate Education
Presenter: Sonya Adlersberg, CSUN Financial Aid Department

Workshop Description: What types of funding opportunities are available for graduate education?  What other financial decisions should be considered while attending graduate school?  Attend this workshop to learn more about financial aid and merit-based resources to attend graduate school.  We will also talk about additional financial decisions to consider in your planning.

1:30PM Workshops and Descriptions

Workshop Title: GRE: Crack the Test and Get In!
Presenter: Joan Martin, Princeton Review

Workshop Description: The Princeton Review is a leader in test preparation that provides students with tips and tools to pass the GRE. In this workshop, you will learn about the logistics and structure of the GRE exam. You will also be given sample questions to review.

Workshop Title: Requesting letters of Recommendation & Building Relationships with faculty
Presenter: Stefanie Drew, Psychology Dept.

Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with guidance on developing student-faculty mentoring relationship, as well as assisting students with the process of requesting faculty letters of recommendation.


Workshop Title:
Keys to Success & Survival in Graduate School (student panel)
Panelist: Kenia Rodriguez, University of Connecticut, English PhD Student; Jean Pauline Serrano, CSUN Graduate Student, Psychological Science; Jasmin Rodriguez, CSUN Graduate Student, Doctoral Audiology; Jose Torres, UC Irvine former PhD Student, Law and Society 
Moderator:
Dr. Amy Levin

Workshop Description:
This panel consisting of current Masters and Ph.D students who will share their advice for passing qualifying exams, successful time management and finding funding sources.  The graduate students will discuss problems they have encountered and describe the solutions they have discovered.

2:30PM Workshop and Description

Workshop Title: Health and Well-being in Graduate School
Presenter: Dr. Bobbie Emetu, Health Sciences Dept.

Workshop Description: For many graduate students, especially those that are first-generation, graduate school can be intimidating, stress and anxiety provoking. Collaboratively, we will discuss how to improve and maintain skillsets within areas of stress management, self-care, social engagement, work-life balance, and managing both mental and physical health. This workshop will give students the tools to navigate health and wellness needs while in graduate school.  

2021 AGE Powerpoints

To access the PowerPoints from the conference, please click the link below.

https://mycsun.box.com/s/ujnvf4uzqzyjcb9k28t4pwzmcjpryvkb