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:

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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 January 30, 2019

PLS-360

7:00pm-8:00pm

Dr. Melissa Lopez

Graduate Learning Specialist

Time Management for Graduate Students

Grad Student Survival Skills Series Workshop--1 

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

MH-141

1:00pm-2:00pm

Dr. Olga Mejía

Associate Professor

Stress and Coping in Graduate Studies

Wellness in Graduate Life Series Workshop--1

Define stress and how it helps and does not help; discuss common stressors in graduate school and best ways of coping with them

Wednesday February 6, 2019

PLS-360

2:30pm-3:30pm

Dr. Sarah Grant

Assistant Professor

Creating an Action Plan & Managing Writer's Block

Completing your Thesis Series Workshop--1

Learn to create a concrete timeline and establish strategies for making steady progress on your thesis

Thursday, February 7, 2019

MH-141

1:00pm-2:00pm

Dr. Olga Mejía

Associate Professor

Mindfulness

Wellness in Graduate Life Series Workshop--2

Explore mindfulness and learn ways to practice it as an effective way to train and calm the mind

Thursday February 7, 2019

PLS-160

5:30pm-6:30pm

Dr. Sandra Perez

Director, University Honors Program

Identifying the Best PhD Program for Your Career Goals

Pre-Doctoral Series Workshop--1

Identify what's important to you in a doctoral program and become familiar with the variables to consider when choosing to which programs to apply

Tuesday February 12, 2019

PLS-180 (TDRC)

2:00pm-3:00pm

Janette Hernandez

Advising Coordinator, SOAR

How to Apply For Graduate School

Preparing for Grad School as Undocumented Students Series--Workshop 1

Learn how to effectively complete the Cal State Apply application and identify program requirements for completing the department application

Wednesday February 13, 2019

PLS-360

2:30pm-3:30pm

Dr. Sarah Grant

Assistant Professor

Preparing for your Proposal: Focusing on the Next Step

Completing Your Thesis Series Workshop--2

Become familiar with the proposal process and common thesis structures

Tuesday February 19, 2019

PLS-360

7:00pm-8:00pm

Dr. Melissa Lopez

Graduate Learning Specialist

Writing at a Graduate Level

Graduate Student Survival Skills Series Workshop--2

Essay organization and coherency, paragraph clarity, and developing a central claim

Wednesday February 20, 2019

PLS-360

2:30pm-3:30pm

Dr. Sarah Grant

Assistant Professor

Tips and Skills for Defending your Thesis

Completing Your Thesis Series Workshop--3

Review presentation skills obtain tips for speaking in front of a defense

Wednesday February 20, 2019

PLS-180 (TDRC)

5:30pm-6:30pm

Janette Hernandez

Advising Coordinator, SOAR

Funding for Graduate School

Preparing for Grad School as Undocumented Students Series Workshop--2

Learn the funding resources available such as scholarships and grants for undocumented students that can help you fund your graduate education

Thursday, February 21, 2019

MH-141

1:00pm-2:00pm

Dr. Olga Mejía

Associate Professor

Balancing Relationships in Graduate School

Wellness in Graduate Life Series Workshop--3

Learn about self-care, particularly in setting boundaries in relationships with family, romantic partners, friendships, and work

Wednesday March 6, 2019

PLS-180 (TDRC)

5:30pm-6:30pm

Martha Zavala Perez

Coordinator, TDRC

Personal Stories of Transitioning to Graduate School

Preparing for Grad School as Undocumented Students Series Workshop--3

A panel of current graduate students and alumni share their experiences in funding their education, navigating the graduate culture, and overcoming obstacles.

Thursday March 7, 2019

PLS-160

5:30pm-6:30pm

Dr. Sandra Perez

Director, University Honors Program

Preparing for the Admissions Process

Pre-Doctoral Series Workshop--2

Become familiar with the application and interview process of doctoral programs

Wednesday March 13, 2019

PLN-130

1:00pm-2:30pm

Dr. Mark Bilby

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Getting the Most from the Library

Becoming a Strategic Scholar Series Workshop--1

Leverage the Library as your Scholarly Commons, Research Guide, Resource Purchaser, Discovery Platform, Cross-Institutional Bridge, Print/Online Repository, and Creation-Innovation Hub

Wednesday March 27, 2019

PLN-130

2:00pm-3:30pm

Dr. Mark Bilby

Scholarly Communications Librarian

How to Publish while in Grad School

Becoming a Strategic Scholar Series Workshop--2

Strategize, self-advocate, and negotiate ways for class assignments to become conference presentations, journal articles, book chapters, and even future dissertation chapters

Thursday March 28, 2019

PLS-160

5:30pm-6:30pm

Dr. Sandra Perez

Director, University Honors Program

Funding for Doctoral Programs

Pre-Doctoral Series Workshop--3

Learn the funding resources available for doctoral programs including fellowships and teaching assistantships

Wednesday April 10, 2019

PLS-360

7:00pm-8:00pm

Dr. Melissa Lopez

Graduate Learning Specialist

Reading at a Graduate Level

Graduate Student Survival Skills Series Workshop--3

Learn to break down readings and identify what to skim and what to focus on when reading articles or texts

Thursday April 11, 2019

PLN-303

2:00pm-3:30pm

Dr. Mark Bilby

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Online Academic Reputation Management

Becoming a Strategic Scholar Series Workshop--3

Cultivate a clear, positive online academic reputation for yourself by creating, completing, and connecting academic profile platforms such as ORCID, Google Scholar, Scopus, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu

 

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.