Graduate Studies

Student Success Series

Spring 2022 Workshops

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.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Spring 2022 (February Workshops Details and Descriptions)

Creating a Research Poster from a Designer's Perspective
Speaker:  Professor Joe Bautista
Date:  Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time:  2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide you with insight into poster design from a communication design perspective. Concepts of layout, grid, typography, imagery, and color will be discussed. Design resources will be provided and visual samples will be analyzed.

Special Note: This workshop will be recorded.

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How to Create and Present a Poster for a Professional Conference
Speaker: Dr. Allen Lipscomb
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This presentation will cover (1) why conference presentations are important, (2) ethical considerations, (3) different types of conference presentations, (4) how to best present yourself at the conference during the poster session, (5) how to make the poster visually appealing, (6) different types and sections of poster sessions, (7) materials and transporting posters, (8) how to cite your poster on your resume/vita, and (9) excellent resources for poster presentations (including templates).

Special Note: This workshop will be recorded.

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PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Spring 2022 (March Workshops Details and Descriptions)

On Point Presentations: Using Tools of the “Elevator Pitch”
Speaker: Professor Patsy Cox
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This workshop will strengthen your presentation through tools of developing what is referred to as an “Elevator Pitch”. Through editing, prioritizing and story telling you will articulate your presentation with clarity and emphasis. This is an interactive workshop and students will be required to share some aspects of their project for the exercise. 

Special Note: This workshop will not be recorded.

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Presenting your Research: Designing a Research Presentation: College of Science and Math (CSM)
Speaker: Dr. Casey terHorst
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: Research is a collaborative process and an important part of that work is communicating those results to others. However, communicating your research effectively can be difficult. A poorly given research presentation can be painful to listen to, but an excellent presentation can inspire others. In this workshop, we'll discuss some effective strategies for giving a talk or presenting a poster at a conference or other venues.

Special Note: This workshop will be recorded.

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Presenting your Research: Designing a Research Presentation: College of Humanities (HUM)
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Lee
Date: Monday, March 7, 2022
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: Presenting is not only a wonderful way to share your analyses and findings with others, but also an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your research from a live audience. This workshop will prepare you to present your work confidently and clearly by sharing some common expectations and practices for conference presentations. It will also provide you with tools that you can use to prepare for your presentations.

Special Note: This workshop will be recorded.

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Presenting your Research: Designing a Research Presentation: College of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS)
Speaker: Dr. David McCarty-Caplan
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: One of the most valuable aspects of conducting research is the process of sharing your results, and engaging in dialogue with others about the implications of your work. It is often challenging, however, to know how to best present your research in a way that is clear, engaging, and concise; and how to respond appropriately to an audience. In this workshop we will examine what aspects of your research you should highlight in a presentation, and improve your skill in how you speak about your research with others. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of guidelines for their research presentation, and specific strategies that will enable them to confidently produce an excellent research presentation.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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Presenting your Research: Designing a Research Presentation: College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)
Speaker: Dr. Vidya Nandikolla
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30AM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: One of the most important components of conducting research is presenting your research. When presenting research, it allows you to gather a more in-depth look into your work. Best way to overcome presentation anxiety is to carefully prepare and understand what is expected. This presentation workshop will demonstrate the best practices and what to avoid in order to create an engaging research presentation. The workshop will cover the guidelines for your research presentation.

Special Note: This workshop will be recorded.

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Presenting your Research: Designing a Research Presentation: College of Health and Human Development (HHD)
Speaker: Dr. Bobbie Emetu
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: During this workshop, students will learn how to present their research to a professional audience. Attendees will gain a better understanding of (1) the planning phase of presenting a research project, (2) tips for creating/including tables, graphs, and other visual illustrations, and (3) communicating information that attracts attention, highlights pertinent aspects of the study, and demonstrates the big picture or how the research is impactful in a clear and concise manner.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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Understanding and Negotiating your PhD Funding Package
Speaker: Professor Heidi Schumacher
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: The many components of a PhD funding package can be tricky to understand. In this workshop, we'll break down what your offer letter contains, and discuss strategy and steps for negotiating your package with your top-choice program if you choose to do so. Please have copies of all offer letters available during the workshop. This workshop is timed so that you will have most letters in hand, but will not yet have said yes or no to programs (since you cannot negotiate if you've already done that).

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Spring 2022 (April Workshops Details and Descriptions)

Women in Academia
Panelists: Dr. Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado, Department of Psychology;  Dr. Danielle Jarvis, Department of Kinesiology; Dr. Shyrea Minton, Educational Psychology and Counseling;Tracy Buenavista, Asian American Studies;
Moderator: Dr. Amy Levin
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: This panel of four CSUN faculty will share their experiences navigating graduate school and life as a faculty member. They will answer questions you have about work/life balance, being a woman in graduate school, and intersectional gender issues one faces as a professor.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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Title:
Parent-Scholar Panel
Panelists: Esther Ramirios, Aymie Guerrero and Arthur Hernandez
Moderator: Dr. Amy Levin
Date: Monday, April 25, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: These panelists 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 about how and why the parent-scholar of color identity is critical for furthering campus inclusion and equity efforts.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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Timeline for Transfer Students
Panelists: Ashley Kuhnley, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mikayla Jakubecy-Gibson, Department of Political Science; Alden Robison, Department of English; Kaylee Cheng, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Moderator: Dr. Dimpal Jain
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: In this panel, two undergraduate and two graduate panelists will share their experiences preparing for, applying to, and attending CSUN as community college transfer students. They will discuss the steps they took and challenges they faced preparing for and succeeding in graduate programs within STEM, Humanities, Education, and Social  & Behavioral Sciences.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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Preparing to Transition to Non-CSUN Graduate Programs
Speaker: Professor Heidi Schumacher
Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we'll cover all the practical matters to consider as your time at CSUN wraps up and you prepare for your next adventure.  We'll discuss moving, taxes for graduate income, budgeting, visiting California on a budget to find avocados, and making a strong first impression at your next program.  We'll also have a Q&A to answer all your questions and make sure you have a plan for your summer to make a successful transition.

Special Note: This workshop might be recorded.

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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.