START - STEM Transfer and Research Training

Badge Project

Badge workshops will be offered both via Zoom (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings) and in-person (Thursday) in Spring 2024.

  • If you choose the virtual option, you will be provided with instructions on how to access the Zoom workshop after you have RSVP-ed for a workshop.

  • If you choose the in-person option, the workshops will be held at Sierra Hall 322 (SH 322).

Zoom Link for Virtual Workshops


The Badge Project is a two-year series of helpful workshops on various topics, such as intro to research careers, attending national conferences, and applying for summer research opportunities. The project incorporates transfer receptive culture into the workshops to better prepare STEM transfer students for graduate school, research careers, or professional careers.

Ready to join Badge Project? Complete our application so we can add you to our Canvas site.


Please view Spring 2024 workshop schedule below!

Workshop 1: Research Careers 101


Are you curious about what a research career entails and how to get there from here? Join us at Research Careers 101 to explore different career options in your field of study!  

No prior knowledge required -- just bring your enthusiasm and curiosity! This workshop is your first step toward understanding the potential of a research career, where you can learn about the skills, pathways, and resources available to you as you navigate different career options in your field of study. We hope you learn which career is best for you!


- Thu, Feb. 8, 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 2: Academic Organization


Join us at the Academic Organization workshop, where our facilitators will guide you through the process of crafting a realistic and effective study plan that takes into account both your academic requirements and personal responsibilities. Discover how to seamlessly blend your coursework, campus involvement, with your daily life, ensuring you achieve your goals without sacrificing your well-being.


- Thu, Feb. 22, 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 3: Marketing Yourself Via Emails


Join us at the Marketing Yourself Via Emails workshop and break away from the fear of "scary" professors and learn how to write professional emails to professor whether it's asking for a letter of recommendation or joining their research lab!


- Thu, Mar. 7, 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 4: Summer Research Opportunities


Don't know where to start with "summer research opportunities"? Or just curious to know more what they are about? Join us at the Summer Research Opportunities workshop and learn how to navigate different domains to find the summer program that's right for you! You will also learn common requirements for Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs).


- Thu, Mar. 28, 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 5: Letters of Recommendation


Come to our Letter of Recommendation workshop and learn how to identify the ideal person to ask for a letter of recommendation! We will also cover techniques that can help your recommender to make the writing process smoother.


- Thu, Apr. 11, 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 6: CV vs Resume


Curious about the distinctions between a CV and a resume? Join our workshop tailored for transfer students to gain a clear understanding of when and how to use each. Discover the nuances, learn practical tips, and enhance your professional toolkit.


- Thu, Apr. 25: 3:00-4:15pm (in-person)

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Workshop 7: Scholarships


Join us to learn the common requirements about scholarship applications and discover strategies to maximize your chance to search for scholarships and secure financial support for your education!


Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Feb. 8, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)


Workshop 8: Attending National Conferences


Explore the types of national conferences and reasons why they can level up your academic journey! Learn how to choose the right sessions, network with researchers and professionals, and how to search/apply to travel scholarships.


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Feb. 22, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Feb. 29, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, Feb. 29, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)



Workshop 9: Literature Review


Join our Literature Review workshop and discover the skills to find scholarly articles and annotate them effectively for your research projects and academic papers!


Tuesday, Mar. 5, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2024, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Mar. 7, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Mar. 14, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, Mar. 14, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)



Workshop 10: Looking for Graduate Programs


Unsure what to look for when applying to graduate programs or how to start planning for this big decision? Wondering if it's a right path for you? Join us to find out more!


Tuesday, Mar. 26, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Mar. 28, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Apr. 2, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Apr. 4, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, Apr. 4, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)



Workshop 11: GRE Prep


Join our workshop to demystify the GRE tests! Get quick study tips, test strategies, and a glimpse into what to expect on test day.


Tuesday, Apr. 9, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Apr. 11, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Apr. 18, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, Apr. 18, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)



Workshop 12: Year 2 Plan


Join us at the Planning for Senior Year workshop to create a plan and set goals you wish to accomplish for your final year at CSUN! A plan template will be provided.


Tuesday, Apr. 23, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, Apr. 25, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Wednesday, May 1, 5:00-6:15pm (virtual)

Thursday, May 2, 11:00AM-12:15PM (in-person)

Thursday, May 2, 3:00PM-4:15PM (in-person)

RSVP here