Graduate Studies

Student Success Series

Spring 2022 Workshops

SPECIAL NOTE: Our Spring 2022 workshop schedule will be available before the spring semester begins.

The Student Success Series takes place in the fall, summer, and spring. It is a series of workshops designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other professional development opportunities.

Please click on the tab below to view and register for one of the scheduled workshops.

If you have any questions, please call the Graduate Studies Office at (818) 677-2138.

Please read before you register

  • Students must use their CSUN email to register.
  • Students will also need to complete a Zoom Registration Form; our office will send the link to access the form before the scheduled workshop.
  • Once the Zoom Registration form is complete, students will receive a confirmation email with the meeting instructions.

Special Note: These workshops might be recorded so it can be shared with other students.

February Workshops Details and Descriptions

Workshop details will be available by the end of January.

March Workshops Details and Descriptions

Workshop details will be available by the end of January.

April Workshops Details and Descriptions

Workshop details will be available by the end of January.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Fall 2021 (October Workshops Details and Descriptions)

Graduate School 101
Speaker:
Heidi Schumacher
Date:
Monday, October 4th, 2021
Time:
12:30-1:30pm
Location:
Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This workshop is for students considering graduate school (either a master's or doctoral degree) and wanting to learn more about the landscape of graduate education.  We'll cover the basics: the difference between a master's and PhD and the possible job paths for each; how one pays for graduate school; what life is like for graduate students; and things to think about as a current undergraduate or master's student who might want to continue their education beyond their current degree program.

Parent-Scholar Panel
Panelists: 
Esther Ramirios; Aymie Guerrero; Arthur Hernandez
Moderator:
Dr. Jeanne Robertson
Date:
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time:
 
2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 
Via Zoom

Workshop Description: 
Who are parent-scholars at CSUN? Panelists (doctoral students) Aymie Guerrero, Esther Ramirios, and Arthur Hernandez will explore the parent-scholar identity and how that differs from the ‘traditional’ college student. They will also highlight their personal experiences and discuss how parent-scholar stories can inform campus stakeholders’ efforts to better support this student population toward graduation. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how and why the parent-scholar of color identity is critical for furthering campus inclusion and equity efforts.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation & Building Relationships with Faculty
Speaker: 
Dr. Lipscomb
Date:
 
Monday, October 25, 2021
Time:
 
4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 
Via Zoom

Workshop Description: 
The purpose of this workshop is to provide helpful tips for students’ on how to develop mentoring relationships with faculty. In addition, special attention will be given to assist students with requesting recommendation letters from faculty members for academic and career options in their future

How to Apply to a PhD program and Resume/CV Writing Preparation for Graduate School
Speaker: Dr. Stefanie Drew
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time:
 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location:
Via Zoom

Workshop Description:
This workshop will focus on tips and strategies for preparing to apply for PhD programs.  Topics will include how to initiate communication with potential mentors, ways to select programs and schools, tips for composing personal statements, and composing a professional curriculum vitae (CV).

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Fall 2021 (November Workshops Details and Descriptions)

Key Recruiting Concepts for Job Seekers in Today's Competitive Market
Speaker: 
Christine Soderlund
Date:
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time:
 
12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 
Via Zoom

Workshop Description:
 We will discuss the definition of “job seeker” including active and passive searches. We will explore how finding a job has changed due to the pandemic, where to best find a great opportunity that aligns to the stage of your life that you are currently in (student, graduate, graduate student or mature in your career) and we will highlight what a job seeker must do to learn about the best opportunities: employment brand, networking, social media, putting together proper resume/cover letter and utilizing school connections.

Writing a Resume, Cover Letter, and Documenting Your Accomplishments on Linkedin
Speaker: 
Christine Soderlund
Date:
 
Monday, November 8, 2021
Time:
 
1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: 
Via Zoom

Workshop Description:
 
A resume provides insight into your accomplishments and it allows a recruiter or hiring manager to “hear your voice”. There are 3 components to a resume which we will highlight in this discussion. In addition, Linkedin has become the industry standard for researching and generating additional information about candidates. There are five components to build a complete Linkedin profile, we will highlight these components and discuss other opportunities to showcase accomplishments. Finally, we will review why a cover letter helps explain your story, education and any gaps in experience, and how to write a compelling cover letter.

 Tips and Tricks On How to Ace Your Graduate School Interview

Speaker: Dr. Stefanie Drew
Date:
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time:
 
2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: 
Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This workshop is aimed to help students prepare for graduate school interviews. Topics covered include preparation, interviewing strategies, and possible questions that may be asked. Attendees will also have an opportunity to practice their skills in a mock-interview with a faculty member. 

Master's Application Bootcamp
Speaker: Professor Heidi Schumacher and Dr. Stefanie Drew
Date: Saturday, November 20th
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Via Zoom

About this workshop: In this day-long bootcamp, you'll learn about all the components of a master's program application (statement of purpose, diversity statement, choosing a lab/writing sample, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, interviewing, and selecting programs to apply to).  After an introduction to each topic, you'll be given time to go outline and draft materials, and then will return to the group meeting for debrief and feedback.  By the end of the day, you'll leave with outlines or rough drafts of everything you need in order to apply to master's programs.