Graduate Student Life Events

In collaboration with partners across campus, Graduate Student Life will present a number of events throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Events include academic, career, and professional workshops, Graduate Outdoor Adventures, 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. 

See Fall Event Calendar for a full schedule this term.
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Grad Student Welcome Days 

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Grad Student Welcome Days feature events and workshops designed to facilitate students’ successful transition to graduate and professional education at Mason. These programs have been designed to connect new and continuing graduate and professional students to key information, strategies, and resources to promote their success and well-being within the first six weeks of the semester.

 

Gradstravaganza

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Mini-workshops
3:30-5:00pm
Johnson Center Meeting Rooms (third floor)

Picnic
5:30-7:30pm
The Hub (Lawn, Patio, and Indoor Spaces)

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Join fellow Mason grad students for FREE food, mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, connections with campus resources, and giveaways, including t-shirts! Families are welcome! Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you. For more information, visit Gradstravaganza. Mini-workshops for graduate student success will be held 3:30-5:00pm in the Johnson Center meeting rooms on the third floor. The picnic will be held 5:30-7:30pm at The Hub, including the Lawn, Patio and indoor spaces. Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, Student Involvement, the Office of the Provost, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

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 2017-18 academic year:

  • Graduate School Reading Strategies: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 3:00-4:15pm
  • Overcoming Procrastination: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 12:00-1:15pm
  • Improving Concentration: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 10:30-11:45am
  • Motivation and Goal Setting: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 10:00-11:15am
  • How to Manage Large Project (a part of GRADReCon): Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, TBA
  • Scheduling and Time Management: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 10:30-11:45am

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

Fenwick Open House For Graduate Students

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 4:00-7:00pm
Fenwick Library, Room 2001 and the whole of the second floor

Mason graduate students are cordially invited to the Fenwick Library Open House! Meet research librarians, area experts and fellow grad students and learn how we can help you succeed at Mason. Join us for refreshments and enter the Open House Drawing – you could win a reserved Graduate Study Carrel in Fenwick for Fall 2017! See you there!

Building Community: A Networking Event for Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff of Color

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm
SUB I, Patriots Lounge

Graduate Student Life, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, African and African American Studies, Graduate and Professional Student Association, and the Office of the Provost invite graduate students, faculty, and staff of color and other interested Mason community members to this networking event to foster inclusion and graduate student success on campus.

For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at gradlife@gmu.edu.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference: “Learning in a Digital World”

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 8:00am-6:00pm
Johnson Center

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites graduate student instructors, faculty, and staff to the 2017 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference addressing the theme, “Learning in a Digital World.” Find out more and register by Sept. 18. Graduate students may apply for a limited number of free admission scholarships. To apply, send a brief statement explaining how attending this conference will support your career goals to the Stearns Center no later than Thursday, Sept. 14; approved applicants will be given a one-time-use discount code. For more information, check out the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference webpage.

Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

Graduate Outdoor Adventures (GOAs) has become not only a stable of Graduate Student Life activities, but is also one of our signature events. Graduate Student Life and Mason Recreation: Outdoor Adventures have partnered to bring four outdoor adventures for the year. This year, all trips are being funded in-part by the Parents Fund, in an attempt to facilitate more adventures for as many Mason graduate students as possible.

We are offering the following trips:

  • GOA: Shenandoah Canoeing: Saturday, Sept., 23, 2017, 7:30am-4:00pm
  • GOA: Billy Goat Trail Hike: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • GOA: Great Falls Rock Climbing: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018, 7:45am-4:00p
  • GOA: Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Fountainhead: Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018, 8:00am-2:00pm or 11:30am-5:00pm

For more information, including online registration, visit Graduate Outdoor Adventures!

Grad Night In

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 4:00-9:00pm                    Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 4:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 4:00-9:00pm                     Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018, 4:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 4:00-9:00pm                     Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018, 4:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 4:00-9:00pm                       All Grad Night Ins will take place in
                                                                                          Fenwick Library, Room 1014B.

Need a break while on campus? Want to meet with your cohort? Working on a group project? Want to meet other Mason grad students and also get some work done? Join Graduate Student Life at Fenwick Library for Grad Night In, a monthly collaborative study date just for Mason grad students! We will provide caffeine and snacks; come with your work and a friend! Come by Fenwick Library, Room 1014B, and stay for a minute or stay for a while — we hope to see you there!

Graduate Student Career Workshop: The What, Why, and How of Résumé and CV Writing

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 12:30-2:00pm
University Career Services Resource Room (SUB I, Room 3400)

When you apply for jobs and internships, you need to be able to communicate your skills, experiences, and qualifications effectively to prospective employers; whether you use a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) to do so depends on your career goals and the kinds of positions you seek. Join Graduate Student Life, University Career Services, and the Stearns Center for Teaching & Learning for a Graduate Student Career Development Workshop on résumé and CV writing. Learn what résumés and CVs are and how they differ, why you would use one or the other, how they are used in academic and non-academic hiring, and what you can do to craft the strongest document for your future job search.

Raechel Timbers, Associate Director of University Career Services, and Dr. Laura Lukes, Assistant Director of the Stearns Center, will provide an overview of résumés and CVs and lead break-out sessions so participants can learn the specifics of writing a résumé or CV and have an opportunity to write and/or peer review drafts. Please bring a draft of your résumé or CV, if you have one.

Register for the Résumé and CV Writing Workshop now. 

Please note: You will only be able to attend either the résumé writing or CV writing break-out session. If you are interested in learning about both documents, plan to attend one of these upcoming opportunities:

  • Résumé Clinic
    • Monday, October 2, 11:00am- 5:00pm, SUB 1, 3400
    • Tuesday, October 3, 1:00pm-7:00pm, SUB 1, 3400
  • Preparing for Careers in the Academy Workshop: Basics of Preparing an Academic CV and Cover Letter (pre-registration requested)
    • Friday, October 13, 1:30-2:45pm, Fenwick Library 1014B

 

Preparing for Careers in the Academy Workshop Series

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and Graduate Student Life present “Preparing for Careers in the Academy,” a workshop series that provides an opportunity to gain knowledge about the nature and expectations of career paths in higher education.  The workshops feature a series of guest speakers that share insights about the academic career path experience (traditional, alternative academic), as well as what sets application materials and job candidates apart in the hiring process.  These workshops are free and designed for Doctoral or MFA graduate students who are interested in a career in higher education and will be on the academic job search next year or are currently on the market, but anyone interested is welcome.

We are offering the following workshops during the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Understanding the Academic Job Search Process: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Basics of Preparing an Academic CV and Cover Letter: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement: Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Designing a Course: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, , 1:30-2:45pm
  • Work-Life Balance in Academia: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My First Faculty Job: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:30-2:45pm

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

GRADReCon: Graduate Student Research Connections Day

Friday,Oct. 27, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm
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Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at 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.

Graduate Student Life Write-In

Fall 2017: Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30am-5:00pm
Spring 2018: Saturday, Apr. 14, 8:30am-5:00pm

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, coffee, meals, and snacks. You need to bring your computer, any other necessary materials, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

Registration for the Fall 2017 Write-In Day will begin in October. For more information and online registration, visit Grad Life Write-In Day. If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at ychoekim@gmu.edu or Austin A. Deray, G.A. of Graduate Student Life, at aderay@gmu.edu.

Thriving in Graduate School Workshop Series

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life present “Thriving in Graduate School,” a professional development workshop series designed for Mason graduate students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating your success in graduate education and in your career. Join Dr. Laura Lukes, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and invited guest facilitators to learn strategies for making the most of your graduate program at Mason.

We are offering the following workshops during the 2017-18 academic year and will be held in Fenwick, Room 1014B:

  • Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? Planning Now for the Career You Want Later: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • Creating a Publication Plan and How to Write A Lot: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • How Do People Learn? Implication for Teaching: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • Becoming A College Instructor: Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • Creating an Academic Brand and Strategies for Networking: Friday, Mar. 23, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • Communicating Your Research: Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm
  • Planning for the Academic Job Search: Friday, Apr. 21, 2018, 1:30-2:50pm

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

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017

April 2-6, 2018

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2018! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students. For more information and dates, check out our event page.