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Graduate Education Week

Graduate Education Week: November 14 - 18


Graduate Education Week has concluded for 2022, but we will be back in Fall 2023! Please feel free to review our agenda from last year to see what kind of activities to expect!


Graduate Education Week Agenda: 2022

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Monday, Nov. 14th, 12:00 – 1:00

Location: Zoom

Whether it’s applying for school, a scholarship, an internship, or a new job, a stellar letter of recommendation can be a deciding factor in the candidate selection process. Come learn about finding and selecting a recommender, how to request a letter of recommendation, developing a recommender request timeline, and other helpful tips.



Kick-Off Social Mixer

Monday, Nov. 14th, 5:00 – 7:00 

Location: SMSU North, SUN 2206

Relax, connect, and network with graduate students from across disciplines. We’ll have a scavenger hunt to allow you to learn more about each other. Attendees will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win an iPad, Air Pods, and more. Delicious refreshments will be served.



My Professional Origin Story

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 12:00 – 1:00 

Location: Zoom

Have you ever wondered how people land their dream job? Is it sheer luck? What role do education, networking, and planning play? In this panel, current CSUSB graduate students and CSUSB graduate alumni will discuss their journey from novice members of their professional communities to experienced professionals. They will talk about challenges and successes along the way as well as the role of mentorship in their professional journey. 

See our list of panelists!



Grad Slam Information Session

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Hybrid 

Previously known as Three Minute Thesis, the Grad Slam competition challenges graduate students to present their research in three minutes or less! Learn more about how you can compete in this exciting, fast-paced event at our upcoming Information Session. Grad Slam will be held in April – coaching and support is provided. Winners receive a cash prize and advance to the CSU systemwide competition.



My Research Origin Story

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 12:00 – 1:00

Location: Zoom

Ever look at a research project and think “Brilliant – but how did they come up with that?” A panel of current CSUSB graduate students, CSUSB graduate alumni, and CSUSB faculty share their secrets.  Learn what stirred their curiosity, and how to spark your next big idea. The panelists will discuss challenges and successes they faced as they moved from novice researchers to experts in their fields. They will also share their thoughts on the role of mentorship in gaining research expertise.

See our list of panelists!


Zotero Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Whether you use APA, MLA, Chicago, or another citation style, Zotero helps you to organize your research and to create in-text citations and reference lists. This Zoom workshop covers everything you need to know with this easy-to-learn program.



Cal State Apply Graduate Application Session

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Location: Zoom

The CSUSB Cal State Apply Graduate Application Session will provide information to assist you with writing a stellar personal statement and offer time-saving tips for completing your CSUSB Cal State Apply application. Attendees will have ample time to ask questions during the session.



CSUSB Graduate Program Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:00 – 1:00

Location: Virtual and in-person on Coyote Walkway

Explore the many graduate programs available right here at CSUSB! We offer credentials, master’s degrees, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Representatives from graduate programs will be on hand to answer your questions and help you find the program that’s right for you.



Student Research and Travel Funding 

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:00 – 6:00

Location: Zoom

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, funding is available to support your research endeavors. Use the funding to conduct research for an independent study, an academic course, honor’s project, master’s thesis project, to present at a conference or attend a conference! Find out how to apply at this informative workshop.  

Funds are made available through Associated Students Incorporated and Instructionally Related Programs.



Funding Graduate Education

Friday, Nov. 18, 12:00 – 1:00

Location: Zoom

So, you want to go to graduate school, but you’re not sure how you will pay for it? Are you a current graduate student who wants more information on funding opportunities while in your current graduate program, or as you begin to apply to doctoral programs? Don’t let the most difficult part of your graduate education be paying for it! Join our Graduate Student Resource Specialist, April Lane, to learn about the different funding opportunities available to incoming and current graduate students. Remember, funding opportunity deadlines happen early, so don’t delay in finding out about these opportunities.



Thesis Reader and Outstanding Thesis Award Recognition

Friday, Nov. 18, 1:00 – 2:30

Location: Zoom

Did you know that nearly 200 theses, projects, and dissertations were completed last academic year? Join us as we celebrate the hardworking faculty who dedicate their time and expertise to chairing thesis, project, and dissertation committees, ensuring their students receive the support and encouragement they need. We will also recognize our two outstanding thesis/project awardees, Diana Ramirez, (MSW) and Chelsea Schweer (M.A. in Mathematics) and hear a little about their research journeys.