START - STEM Transfer and Research Training

Badge Project

Badge workshops will be offered both via Zoom (Wednesday evening) and in-person (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

  • 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 Fall 2023 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!


- Mon, Sept 11, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Sept 13, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Sept 13, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Sept 14, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Mon, Sept 18, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Sept 20, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Sept 20, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Sept 21, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

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.


- Mon, Sept 25, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Sept 27, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Sept 27, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Sept 28, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Mon, Oct 2, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Oct 4, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Oct 4, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Oct 5, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

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!


- Mon, Oct 9, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Oct 11, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Oct 11, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Oct 12, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Mon, Oct 16, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Oct 18, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Oct 18, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Oct 19, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

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).


- Mon, Oct 23, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Oct 25, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Oct 25, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Oct 26, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Mon, Oct 30, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Nov 1, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Nov 1, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Nov 2, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

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.


- Mon, Nov 6, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Nov 8, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Nov 8, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Nov 9, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Mon, Nov 13, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Nov 15, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Nov 15, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Nov 16, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

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.


- Mon, Nov 20, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Tue, Nov 21, 2:00-3:15pm (Zoom)

- Wed, Nov 22, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Nov 22, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Mon, Nov 27, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

- Wed, Nov 29, 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

- Wed, Nov 29, 5-6:15pm (Zoom)

- Thu, Nov 30, 12:30-1:45pm (in-person)

RSVP here

Workshop 7: Scholarships


Scholarships workshop invites you to learn how to search for scholarships and the common requirements when applying for a scholarship.


Check our website and social media at the beginning of Spring semester for Workshop 7 schedule! 


Workshop 8: Attending National Conferences


Attending National Conferences workshop invites you to learn about different national conferences, the benefits of attending them, and how to search/apply to travel scholarships.


Check our website and social media at the beginning of Spring semester for Workshop 8 schedule! 



Workshop 9: Literature Review


Literature Review workshop invites you to learn how to search for scholarly articles and how to annotate them for any research project.


Check our website and social media at the beginning of Spring semester for Workshop 9 schedule! 



Workshop 10: Looking for Graduate Programs


Looking for Potential Graduate Programs workshop invites you to learn how to identify graduate programs for you are interested in or qualify to apply.


Check our website and social media at the beginning of Spring semester for Workshop 10 schedule! 



Workshop 11: GRE Prep


GRE Prep invites you to learn study techniques to better prepare you for the GRE.


Check our website and social media at the beginning of Spring semester for Workshop 11 schedule! 



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.


- Wed, September 6, 3:30-4:45 (Zoom)

- Thu, September 7, 12:30-1:45 (Zoom)

- Thu, September 7, 3:30-4:45 (Zoom)

RSVP here