Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC)

The Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) at CSUF was established under the Strengthening Opportunities, Access and Resources (SOAR) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title V, Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant program.

The GSSC provides graduate students with a place to study, to network, and to engage in academic and professional experiences. The GSSC hosts academic and professional development workshops and graduate student learning communities. Students will also find study carrels for individual studying, group meeting tables, an Apple TV for presentations, tables, and cushioned seats with sliding tables. At the GSSC, graduate students have:

Contact GSSC

Fall Hours

  • Mon - Thu: 10:00 a.m. -- 10:00 p.m.
  • Fri - Sat: 10:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
  • Sun: 12:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

 

Academic Advisement

The Graduate Advisors are available to assist you in navigating graduate school. Prospective graduate students can receive assistance through the application process, and with the transition into graduate school. Continuing graduate students can receive assistance in resolving unforeseen issues, overcoming academic probation, or by getting connected to campus resources. Students who meet with a Graduate Advisor typically learn more about funding opportunities at Cal State Fullerton, as well as campus resources to help them succeed.

Prospective Students
Prospective students benefit from meeting with a Graduate Advisor by gaining a better understanding of the application process, and further insight into funding opportunities at Cal State Fullerton.

Continuing Students
Continuing students benefit from meeting with a Graduate Advisor by reviewing academic policies, learning about funding opportunities, and even establishing plans to help overcome academic probation.

A Graduate Advisor is available for appointments at the Graduate Student Success Center. You can call or email Janette  Hernandez at 657-278-4077, or gradadvising@fullerton.edu, respectively.

 

Workshop Schedule

DATE

ROOM/TIME

  PRESENTER

  TOPIC

Wednesday September 5

PLS 365

4:00pm-5:30pm

Janette Hernandez

Office of Graduate Studies

Time Management

Learn tips and skills to balance multiple responsibilities and improve your time management.

Monday September 10

 

PLS 365

2:30pm-4:00pm

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Tuesday September 11

PLS 365

10:00-11:30am

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Wednesday September 12

PLS 365

5:30-7:00pm

Eliot Cossaboom

University Thesis Reader

Thesis Writing 101

Learn the requirements of thesis submission, including formatting a thesis correctly and easily.

 Wednesday September 12

PLS 365

3:00-4:30pm

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Monday September 17

PLS 360

7:00pm-8:00pm

Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson

Faculty Coordinator, Graduate Student Mentoring Program

Creating A Positive Relationship with Your Advisor/Mentor

Learn how to develop a positive relationship to aid you in reaching your full potential as a graduate student.

Wednesday September 19

PLN 103

4:00pm-5:30pm

Barbara Miller

Library Staff

Library Resources for Graduate Students:

Workshop 1: Getting the Most from the Library - Become familiar with the different services the Pollak Library has to offer including research assistance, interlibrary loan, and borrowing materials.

Monday October 1

PLS 365

5:30pm-7:00pm

Eliot Cossaboom

University Thesis Reader

Thesis Writing 101

Learn the requirements of thesis submission, including formatting a thesis correctly and easily.

Thursday October 4

MH 141

2:30pm-4:00pm

Dr. Valerie Minchala

Counseling and Psychological Services

Graduate Student Mental Health Series

Workshop 1: Coping with the Stress of Graduate School
Obtain insight into issues that impact stress and learn coping strategies; self-care, mindfulness.

Monday October 8

PLN 103

2:30pm-4:00pm

Barbara Miller

Library Staff

Library Resources for Graduate Students

Workshop 2: One Search

Become familiar with the library’s software system.

Monday October 22

PLS 365

4:00pm-5:30pm

 

Eliot Cossaboom

University Thesis Reader

Thesis Writing 101

Learn the requirements of thesis submission, including formatting a thesis correctly and easily.

Tuesday October 23

PLS 365

7:00-8:00pm

Dr. Melissa Lopez

Graduate Learning Specialist

Effective Writing: The Art of Persuasion: 

Developing convincing arguments using literature and techniques for persuasion.

Monday October 29

PLS 365

4:00-5:00pm

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Wednesday October 31

SGMH 3210

5:30-7:00pm

 

Andre Rishi

Graduate Career Advisor, Mihaylo Career Services

Knock Their Socks Off: Interview Tips and Skills Workshop

Learn how to prepare for interviews, answer challenging questions, and ways to follow up after an interview.

Thursday November 1

MH 141

2:30-4:00pm

Dr. Phi Loan Le

Counseling and Psychological Services

Graduate Student Mental Health Series

Workshop 2: Coping with the stress of graduate school as international students

Participate in a conversation about different ways to cope with stress as international students

Tuesday November 6

PLS 365

2:30-4:00pm

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Wednesday November 7

PLS 365

1:00-2:30pm

Graduate Learning Specialist

EWP Strategies for Graduate Students:

Learn strategies and techniques to succeed in the EWP exam.

Wednesday November 14

PLS 365

2:30pm-4:00pm

US Bank

 

Manage Your Money

Managing your money is about choices – choosing to make money and choosing to spend money.

 

Thursday November 15

MH 141

2:30-4:00pm

 

Aurelio Agundez

Counseling and Psychological Services

Graduate Student Mental Health Series

Workshop 3: Building your self-worth as a graduate students

Join the conversation on a variety of topics including perfectionism, impostor syndrome, and self-worth.

Tuesday November 27

PLN 103

1:00pm-2:30pm

Barbara Miller

Library Staff

Library Resources for Graduate Students

Workshop 3: Citing

Strategies for paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and making appropriate citations

 

Graduate Learning Specialists

The Graduate Learning Specialists (GLS) program provides free one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching to all graduate students at CSU Fullerton, in writing, class presentations, resumes and applications, literature reviews, term papers, research, and statistics. The tutoring takes place in the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) Pollack Library South, room PLS 365 or by distance (online or phone). You can book your appointment today by using our automated system.

Graduate Learning Specialists are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends! Free of Charge!

Please note:

  • You may only make one appointment per week.
  • Appointments are one hour. May be extended if the GLS is free after your appointment.
  • Please respect the system. Abuses (missed appointments, etc.) will cause repercussions.

Book an appointment with Graduate Learning Specialists using SetMore

Appointment Materials

If you are seeking assistance with a written assignment, please bring a paper or electronic version of your work to your appointment with the Specialist. If your appointment is online or via phone, please have your assignments readily available as you will need to email the work to your Specialist during your appointment.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment with a Graduate Learning Specialist, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment time. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, please send an email to learningspecialists@fullerton.edu or call the Graduate Student Success Center at 
(657) 278-3374.

Drop-In Tutoring

If you’re in need of tutoring and there are no appointments, there is Drop-In Tutoring available in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and on weekends. The hours are posted in the Graduate Student Success Center (Pollak Library-South 365) for reference.

No appointment is necessary, just inform the front desk that you would like to see a Graduate Learning Specialist and your name will be added to the sign-in list. Please note that there might be a waiting period before you are able to meet with the Specialist. It is highly recommended and encouraged that all students book appointments. This will guarantee a date and time. Appointments are normally one-hour long, your session can be extended if the Specialist is free after your appointment.

Workshops

In addition, throughout the semester you will find workshops tailored to the specific needs of graduate students. Flyers for upcoming workshops are posted on this page.

 

Graduate Student Food Pantry

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The Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) and the Office of Graduate Studies wants to have food available throughout the day for graduate students. Created in Spring 2016, The Graduate Student Food Pantry was established to address the growing food insecurity problem among graduate students at CSUF. The food pantry is available to all graduate students through the Graduate Student Success Center (PLS 365) and offers students the use of a microwave, refrigerator, hot water pot, and coffee maker.

The Graduate Student Food Pantry needs to maintain a healthy budget in order to sustain itself. Fundraisers for the food pantry occur throughout the year. As well as a donation box that is available every day. The donation box is located at the front desk of the GSSC.  The center also accepts on-site donations of food products from on campus events. Faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students can make donations directly to the GSSC PLS 365 or monetary donations through our foundation account number 97901: Graduate Student Food Pantry. Donations can be made online at https://giving.fullerton.edu/specific-funds/Search.aspx Opens in new window , we can be found under our name or account number in the specific funds tab.

You can contact the foundation directly Philanthropic Foundation 2600 Nutwood Ave., Ste 830, Fullerton, CA 92831 T: 657-278-2786 F: 657-278-7666

Monetary donations can be made by mail by filling out Gift form PDF File Opens in new window . Donors who wish to make a donation via domestic or through an international wire transfer, please call the Foundation directly at 657-278-2786 or foundation@fullerton.edu for instructions.

If you have any questions about the Graduate Student Food Pantry, feel free to contact us at: 657-278-3374 or by email at gssc@fullerton.edu.