Programs for Students

Graduate Assistantships

The purpose of Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions is to provide opportunities to engage in meaningful disciplinary-based activities related to teaching, research, and/or professional development. Students apply with a faculty advisor for $4,000 stipends for students to work side by side with faculty in teaching, research, and other scholarly endeavors.

Graduate Assistantship Application Fall 2014: Fall 2014 Application

Verification Statement: Verification Form

Graduate Writing Residency Program

The purpose of the Graduate Writing Residency Program is to help students make substantial progress toward completion of their master's or doctoral thesis/project/dissertation; increase knowledge about required elements of a thesis/project/dissertation appropriate to academic discipline; improve research/scholarly writing skills; and increase confidence in research/scholarly writing skills.

Graduate Writing Residency Program Application Spring 2014: Spring 2014 Application

Drop-in Writing Support Sessions

A professor from the English department provides writing support for graduate students seeking to improve their writing. The focus of each session is on one targeted writing issue—such as mechanics, sentence structure, or paragraph organization—that can be addressed in a 20-minute period.

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Graduate School Admission Workshop

Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., MSR 130

This workshop is designed for all students interested in applying for a master’s or doctoral program at CSU Stanislaus. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize students with graduate program admission requirements and financial aid opportunities. The workshop includes the following two components: 1) a brief overview of the master's and doctoral programs offered at CSU Stanislaus, including admission requirements and deadlines; and 2) information about financial aid available to graduate students at CSU Stanislaus, including federal, state, and local campus opportunities.

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Preparing for Timed Essay Tests: Graduate Entrance Exam Writing Skills

This workshop is designed for students interested in applying for graduate programs that require entrance exams such as the GRE, CBEST, CSET, GMAT, or LSAT. The purpose of this workshop is to help students prepare for the writing skills portion of these exams. The workshop includes the following three components: 1) a brief overview of common elements of various writing exam requirements; 2) information about strategies for successful writing for these timed graduate writing exams; and 3) an opportunity to practice writing a response to a sample writing exam prompt, with feedback for improvement.

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Starting Your Thesis/Project/Dissertation

The Center for Excellence in Graduate Education is pleased to offer a workshop miniseries entitled Starting Your Thesis/Project/Dissertation. This workshop is designed for all graduate students at CSU Stanislaus who are enrolled in a master's or doctoral program and are beginning their thesis, project, or dissertation. The purpose of this workshop is to: share strategies for identifying and narrowing a research topic; help students understand how to navigate the thesis/project/dissertation process; share strategies for selecting and working effectively with an advisor and committee; and provide information regarding resources available for completing the thesis/project/dissertation.

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Graduate Research Strategies Workshop

This workshop is designed for all graduate students at any stage in the research process. The first part of the session includes a presentation on key research strategies for graduate students and demonstrations of research resources identified as useful to workshop participants. The second part of the session includes a hands-on activity in which students can explore tools in their disciplines and develop their research strategies. The librarian instructor will answer individual questions related to the students’ specific research projects. Style manuals such as APA, MLA, and Chicago and citation formatting can also be discussed.

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Thesis/Project/Dissertation Formatting Workshop

The focus of this workshop is on the University'€™s preparation guidelines for a master’s thesis or project and the doctoral dissertation.  A review of the organization of the thesis/project/dissertation will be presented and sample layouts examined from the online thesis/dissertation template.  Such issues as typesetting the thesis/dissertation, formatting tips, and problem areas will be discussed, as well as the process and deadlines for submitting the thesis/project/dissertation for review and binding (or electronic repository). Information for €œwho in the Library to contact about what” with regard to a thesis/project/dissertation will also be provided.

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Research Colloquium

TBA – November/December 2014

The purpose of the annual Research Colloquium is to provide an opportunity for all CSU Stanislaus graduate students to share master’s and doctoral level in-progress research among fellow graduate students and faculty, and to conduct discourse regarding design, methods, and approaches to research and creative activities. Awards for promising in-progress research and creative activity of all designs/approaches are available. The colloquium is designed to serve as practice for the annual CSU Stanislaus Student Research Competition which features completed research projects, and to prepare for presentation at professional conferences.

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Student Research Competition -€“ Graduate Division
Friday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., MSR 130

The Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments.  CEGE is proud to collaborate with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to sponsor the graduate divisions of the competition.
The purpose of the Student Research Competition is twofold:

  1. to showcase excellent research conducted by CSU Stanislaus undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students in all academic disciplines, and
  2. to determine which of the student presenters will advance and represent CSU Stanislaus at the statewide competition.

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Travel Mini-grants

CEGE offers $2,000 mini-grants to support travel of students and their faculty mentors to co-present joint research at professional conferences. Each mini-grant award is divided between the student and his/her faculty mentor.

Travel Mini-grant Application 2013/14: Application period is closed.

Verification Statement: Verification Form

Community-based Research and Service Learning

The purpose of graduate level community-based research and service learning projects is to provide graduate students with opportunities to gain real-world experience while providing valuable service to their community. Four graduate Faculty Achieving Community Engagement for Students (FACES) Teams were developed in support of this aim. A brief description of each is below.

Master's in Social Work Community-Practice Project

All Master'’s in Social Work students are enrolled in a course with a community-based practice, policy, organizational, and/or service learning assignment.

Center for Public Policy Studies Scholars Program

Graduate Scholars from several disciplines are participating in community-based research projects with faculty from the Center for Public Policy Studies.

Community Engagement for Public Service Graduate Students

All Master's in Public Administration students are required to engage in a community-based public service internship.

Wellness Works!

Master'€™s in Nursing students are assisting graduate faculty in the organization and implementation of a health-screening clinic designed to provide care for vulnerable and diverse low-income populations.