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.

Gradstravaganza

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
Online

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 https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/programs/annual-conference-itl/.

Grad Night In

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

Monday, Nov. 15, 4-8pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

Image of sky with sun almost set, silhouette of trees at bottom. Text reads: Graduate Student Life | Grad Night In; Tuesday, September 28 4-8pm; Fenwick Main Reading Room

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 for 9/28 and here for 11/15.

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: https://cglink.me/2d7/r1249370 | November 16 @ Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall Room 476, 7:30-9pm. RSVP: https://cglink.me/2d7/r1249510

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 WorldImage of three women of diverse identities sitting on a couch and looking at documents. Text reads: Week 2, 2021 BIPOC Well-Being Month. Code-Switching in Grad School and the Professional World. October 15 2021, 12-1pm, Zoom. 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. Join us for a conversation on code-switching and how to manage your own academic and career journey while preserving your well-being. Hosted by Graduate Student Life and Career Services

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

There are three sections to the Billy Goat Trail (A,B,and C) which will give us access to the C&O Canal tow path and beautiful views of the Potomac. There are many variations to this hike so distance can change based on weather conditions and group mood, but plan on an approximately 9 mile hike. The trail has very few hills, but can be quite rugged along Section A along the riverside cliffs.

Cost: Free
What to wear: Weather appropriate clothing and good walking or hiking shoes (closed-toed sneakers or boots)
What to bring: a daypack containing ID, 2 water bottles, lunch, sunscreen, rain jacket and any other layers you might need
When/Where: Meet at Skyline Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus at 10am. We will drive to the trail, hike, eat lunch along the trail, and return to campus around 3-4pm.
Registration: Registration opens on October 4 and closes October 12 at noon.

Building Community for Graduate Students of Diverse Identities

Thursday, Oct. 21, 3:30-5:30pm, Merten Hall 1201 & 1202

Square with thick white border, thinner black border inside. Blocks of coral, teal, and yellow colors. Text reads: Building community for graduate students of diverse identities. Thursday, October 21, 3:30-5:30pm. Inviting graduate students of diverse identities to a welcome and networking picnic to kick off the academic year.

**Please note the change in location to Merten Hall 1201 & 1201.**

Graduate Student Life, with the Office of the Provost: Graduate Education, Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, LGBTQ+ Resources, Office of International Programs and Services, and Disability Services, invites graduate students of diverse identities (including graduate students of color, graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+, and first-generation graduate students) to a welcome and networking picnic to celebrate the halfway point of the 1st semester of the academic year. Faculty and staff of diverse identities and other interested Mason community members who are interested in fostering inclusion and graduate student success on campus are also invited! Refreshments and hot hors d’oeuvres will be provided. For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at gradlife@gmu.edu. Register here.

Historically Underserved Doctoral Students (HUDS) Affinity Group Conversations: Building a Community of Support: Peer and Faculty MentorsWhite background with colorful blobs of different shapes. Text reads: Historically Underserved Doctoral Students: Building a Community of Support: Peer and Faculty Mentors; In this conversation, we will discuss mentoring and self-advocacy and will hear from a mentor duo from Mason’s community: Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Professor of Integrative Studies and History, and Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, PhD Candidate in Higher Education. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-4:15pm. Register at go.gmu.edu/huds1026

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-4:15pm

Identifying mentors is a critical skill for doctoral students; and mentoring comes in different forms: peer, faculty, disciplinary, writing, and research mentors, etc. In this conversation, we will discuss mentoring and self-advocacy and will hear from a mentor duo from Mason’s community: Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Professor of Integrative Studies and History, and Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, PhD Candidate in Higher Education. They will share their experiences: Dr. Manuel-Scott finding mentorship and community in her graduate programs and now how she tries to shape those experiences for her students and Sharrell’s experience finding community and mentors here at Mason. Register here.

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

Graduate Student Life Write-In Day: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00am-5:30pmFall 2021: Saturday, Nov. 6, 10am-5:30pm, In-person at Fairfax Campus (location will be shared with confirmed participants)

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper? 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. Graduate Student Life will provide the space, structure, lunch, and snacks. You need to bring your computer, any other necessary materials, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively. Visit the webpage for details, expectations of participants, and registration. Spaces are limited. Registration and confirmation from the planner are required to participate in the Write-In Day. Registration for the Fall 2021 Write-In Day opens on Friday, October 1, 2021, and will close on Monday, October 25, 2021 at noon. For more information and online registration, visit https://gradlife.gmu.edu/write-in-day/.

Graduate Student Life 14-Day Writing ChallengeBlack and white image of typewriter. Text below in white box reads: Graduate Student life 14-Day Writing Challenge. Nov. 6-10, 2021. Commit to your writing goals for 30 minutes each day. Join a community of support and accountability. Text below in a gray box reads: Learn more and sign up: https://gradlife.gmu.edu/grad-life-events/#gradlife14day

Fall 2021: Nov 6-19 2021; Register by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 11:59pm
Online Event

Would you like to make headway on your end-of-semester papers and assignments? Are you trying to make progress on your thesis or dissertation or other writing project? If so, plan now to participate in Graduate Student Life’s Fall 2021 14-Day Writing Challenge! You would commit to writing 30 minutes each day. You will also be asked to check in daily to a Slack workspace designated for this challenge to provide ongoing support, accountability, and community. Graduate Student Life staff will also be available to provide connection to resources for well-being, writing, and productivity. To participate, please complete and submit the registration by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 11:59pm. Registered students will receive instructions for participation. Please contact gradlife@gmu.edu if you have any questions.

First to Finished: First-Gen Paths through Graduate SchoolBackground image of woods/trees with dirt path and grass. Semi-transparent brown square overlays background, text on top reads: FIRST TO FINISHED: First-Gen Paths Through Graduate School. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1-2pm. Join us for a panel discussion featuring the experiences & insights of first-generation faculty & administrators at Mason regarding their graduate school experiences.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1-2pm, Zoom

Graduate Student Life brings you First to Finished: First-Gen Paths through Graduate School, an event focusing on supporting first-gen graduate students. Join us for a panel discussion featuring the experiences and insights of first-generation faculty and administrators at Mason regarding their graduate school experiences. Our panel will consist of Dr. Laurence Bray, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Associate Professor of Bioengineering; Dr. Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life; Dr. Kimberly Holmes, Associate Dean for College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Graziella McCarron, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Integrative Studies; and moderated by Austin A. Deray, Interim Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life. Hear their stories of success and resilience as they made their way through higher education into their careers. All of Mason’s first-gen graduate students are invited to this event, as well as undergraduate students and other Mason community members interested in building an inclusive campus. We hope you will join us! Register here.

Grad Night In

Monday, Nov. 15, 4-8pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

Image of sky with sun almost set, silhouette of trees at bottom. Text reads: Graduate Student Life | Grad Night In; Monday, November 15 4-8pm; Fenwick Main Reading Room

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 for 11/15.