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 employment awards for students to work side by side with faculty in teaching, research, and other scholarly endeavors.

More Information for 2015/16 Assistantships Coming in August 2015

Application Deadline: TBA

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.

WRP Information

WRP Application     Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Writing Support Drop-in 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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Quantitative Analysis Support Appointments

The CEGE Quantitative Analysis Consultant, a Professor of Psychology at CSU Stanislaus who teaches research methods, statistical analyses, and evaluation courses, provides individualized drop-in sessions for master’s and doctoral students seeking assistance in conducting and describing statistical analyses. Expertise will be provided as needed in such topics as: entering or importing data; selecting the appropriate statistical procedures; running the procedures in Excel, SPSS, or another statistical software package; and reporting the results in a manner appropriate to the discipline.

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Graduate School Admission Workshop


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 Workshop

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 Workshop

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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Human Subjects Research and the University Institutional Review Board (UIRB) Workshop

This workshop is designed for all graduate students wanting to learn about securing UIRB approval to conduct research that involves human subjects. The workshop includes an overview of definitions of human subjects research, levels of UIRB review, procedures for submitting a UIRB application, and training available to students regarding responsible conduct in research. A UIRB Member delivers the workshop, and both the UIRB Member and the UIRB Administrator are available to answer questions about the application process. Faculty members advising graduate student research are welcome to attend.

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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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Professional Development Workshop

Resumes, cover letters, and interviews comprise the hiring process for many employers. This workshop is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of writing effective resumes and cover letters, as well as some appropriate strategies for preparing for and participating in interviews.

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Research Colloquium

Fall 2015 - TBA

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.

More Information Coming Fall 2015

Colloquium Application Coming Fall 2015

Student Research Competition -€“ Graduate Division

Friday, February 27, 2015, MSR 130

The Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student scholarship across all disciplines.  Top three places in each category earn monetary awards, and up to 10 outstanding presentations may be nominated by the faculty jury to advance to the CSU statewide competition to be held at CSU San Bernardino, May 1-2, 2015. Participants may co-present a collaborative project.


Application   Extended Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Noon

Travel Grants

Through the SERSCA Program (see more information below) CEGE offers $1,000 Travel Grants in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) to support travel of students to present research, scholarship, and creative activity at professional conferences.


Application   Application Deadline: Rolling Deadline – Awards Available until Funds are Expended

SERSCA Opportunities

In collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), funding is available to support student engagement in research, scholarship, and creative activity (SERSCA).

More Information: Go to ORSP.