Graduate Student Life Events

In collaboration with partners across campus, Graduate Student Life will present a number of events throughout the 2021-22 academic year. Events include academic, career, and professional workshops, Write-In Days, and Grad Nights In, and much, much more! See below for event details and relevant registration information; check back regularly to find out about updates and new events. To view our events from the 2020-2021 year, click here.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Graduate Student Life is looking to host a a variety of virtual and in-person events this year.


Friday, Aug. 20, 9am-4pm: Virtual Workshops & Educational Sessions

Saturday, Aug. 21, 12pm-3pm: Picnic at Mason Pond Lawn

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! This year, Graduate Student Life is bringing back Gradstravaganza as a two-day event, including a fully virtual lineup of mini-workshops & educational sessions on Friday, August 20 from 9am-4pm and our Gradstravaganza picnic in-person on Saturday, August 21 from 12-3pm! Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

Friday’s lineup includes mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, special sessions for Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), opportunities to meet and connect with fellow Mason graduate students, and more! Saturday’s picnic includes FREE food, t-shirts, games, giveaways, and more! Be sure to bring your Mason ID and your Mason COVID Health Check. Registration information is posted on the Gradstravaganza page.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School Workshop Series

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School,” a workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. In these workshops, learn how to make the most of the time and energy you have while working toward your graduate degree.

We are offering the following workshops during the 2021-22 academic year:

  • Graduate School Reading Strategies: Thursday, September 9, 3-4:15pm
  • How to Study for Online Courses: Friday, September 17, 12-1pm
  • Overcoming Procrastination: Thursday, September 23, 2:30-3:45pm
  • The Perils of Perfectionism: Tuesday, October 5, 3-4:15pm
  • Motivation & Goal-Setting: Friday, October 22, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done (a part of GRADReCon): Thursday, October 28, 3:15-4:15pm
  • Scheduling and Time Management: Friday, January 28, 12-1pm
  • Managing Academic Anxiety: Wednesday, February 23, 2:30-3:45pm

For more information, including online registration, visit our Workshop Series page.

Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Climbing Trip, Friday, Sept. 10, 7:30am-3pm

Silhouette of person climbing up mountain. Text reads: Graduate Student Life | Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Climbing Trip, Friday, September 10 7:30am-2pmJoin Graduate Student Life and Outdoor Adventures on Friday, September 10th from 7:30am-3pm for our first adventure of the Fall 2021 semester! Join us for a day of rock climbing along the Potomac River at Great Falls. We will be climbing along the riverside cliffs with options for different experience levels. No experience is necessary for this introduction to outdoor climbing. We will meet at Skyline Fitness Center on the Fairfax campus at 7:30am to ready equipment for the day, heading out to the crag shortly after. We will eat lunch at the cliff and return to campus in the early afternoon. Register here.


Graduate Student Career Workshop: Resume Writing for Grad Students

Thursday, Sept. 16, 3-4:15pm, OnlineImage of hand holding a resume on one side of a desk, and on the other side is someone else's hand resting on the desk. Text reads: Resume writing for grad students; Graduate student career workshop; September 16 3-4:15pm

Looking for a job or internship? Not sure how to make your resume stand out from the rest? Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services for a Graduate Student Career Development Workshop on résumé writing to learn what you can do to craft the strongest document for your current or future job search. This workshop will better prepare you to effectively share your skills and qualifications at the Fall Career Fairs, in person on September 29th and virtually on October 6th!
Have a copy of your current resume at the ready for review and editing during the workshop. Register for the workshop here.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference: “Teaching Toward the Future”

September 20-24, 2021, 10:00am-4:30pm

Join us for the 13th annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, featuring 20+ inspiring live conference sessions via Zoom (interactive workshops, our keynote speaker events, interactive panels or lightning talks with roundtable discussions, Teaching Squares/Social Lunches, Q&A sessions) and 30+ On-Demand pre-recorded sessions (annotated teaching & learning artifacts (new), video presentations, and digital posters) that showcase strategies and tips to support student learning in and out of the classroom. Faculty from all ranks/disciplines, graduate students, and members of support offices are welcome. Registration for this year’s conference is free. For more information, visit

Grad Night In

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4-8pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

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Are you looking for a way to maintain progress toward your academic deadlines as days and weeks slide together? Do you find yourself wishing for a way to connect with your Mason graduate student community? If so, join Graduate Student Life and fellow graduate and professional students for our Grad Night In series! Think of this as a social study hall where you can  work on your assignments among a community of grad students contributing to an atmosphere of mutual support.

You must register for this event in order to participate. Register here.

Art of Mindfulness

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:30-9pm at the SciTech Campus, Beacon Hall Room 1017A

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:30-9pm at the Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall Room 476Image of paint splatters in background, white text box with paintbrushes and teal border on top. Text reads: The Art of Mindfulness | Bring your inner artist and get creative, as Bob Ross said, "There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents!" Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness. Join fellow Patriots for an evening of painting. We'll start with a drawing warm-up and then learn color mixing and painting basics. No painting experience required! Reserve your space today. Space is limited. October 12 @ SciTech Campus, Beacon Hall Room 1017A, 7:30-9pm, RSVP: | November 16 @ Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall Room 476, 7:30-9pm. RSVP:

As Bob Ross says, “There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents!” Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness and a great way to meet fellow Patriots. This session will be led by a master artist. Kerry with UL SciTech and Nikita with Grad Life will show you how to sketch and paint your master piece for the night! So bring your inner artist and get creative. We’ll start with a drawing warm-up and then learn color mixing and painting basics. No experience required! This event is hosted by University Life Arlington, University Life SciTech, and Graduate Student Life. There are limited spots for this event and registration is required. University COVID-19 policies will be followed and masks will be required to be worn during the event. Register for 10/12 here and register for 11/16 here.

Code-Switching in Grad School and the Professional World

Friday, Oct. 15, 12-1pm, Online

BIPOC and people of other marginalized identities have often experienced pressure to change the way we talk and express ourselves in order to fit into the perceived cultures of various contexts. This process of code-switching in order to navigate explicit and implicit norms within academia and the professional world can be challenging and come at the cost of personal well-being for BIPOC folks. Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services for a conversation on code-switching in graduate school and the professional world and how to manage your own academic and career journey while preserving your well-being. Register here.

Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Billy Goat Trail Hike, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am-3pm

Join Graduate Student Life and Outdoor Adventures for a hiking trip along the Billy Goat Trail on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 10am-3pm. Registration is required, space is limited. More info and how to register will be posted here shortly.

GRADReCon: Graduate Student Research Connections

Thursday, Oct. 28, 11am-4:15pm and Friday, Oct. 29 , 11am-4:15pm, Zoom

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at Graduate Research Connections (GRADReCon)! Graduate Student Life and University Libraries have partnered with other offices to provide a day of workshops on topics essential to your success in grad school. For full details including the schedule, visit GRADReCon.

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome as a Grad Student  Image of leaves/vines in top right and bottom left corners. Text reads: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome as a Grad Student. Monday, Nov. 1, 1-2pm

Monday, Nov. 1, 1-2pm, Online

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success – a feeling that many graduate students can relate to at some point during their graduate career. Join Graduate Student Life and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in this workshop on how to deal with imposter syndrome as a grad student. Register here.

Graduate Student Life Write-In Day

Fall 2021: Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:00am-5:00pm, in-person

Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done.

Registration and confirmation from the planner are required to participate in the Write-In Day. Registration for the Fall 2021 Write-In Day will begin in October. For more information (including expectations for in-person participation) and online registration, visit the Grad Life Write-In Day page. If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at