Workshops are open to all UC Berkeley Graduate Students. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to attend any of the workshops below (space is limited).


The Library: Your Partner in Research — RSVP

January 30, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

The UC Berkeley Libraries comprise one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, with unique collections that attract researchers from around the world. Learn how the Library’s collections and services can save you time and boost your research to the next level.


Understanding Graduate Fellowships — RSVP

February 6, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

This presentation will provide general information about fellowship support for graduate students including common terminology, how to blend awards for maximum financial benefit, combining fellowship and academic student appointments (e.g., GSI/GSR), how to find fellowship support at different stages of your graduate student career, and how to reduce financial stress during graduate school. Please note: This presentation will not cover detailed information about potential funding opportunities within specific disciplines or departments, but rather will offer broad information about graduate fellowship funding at Berkeley and how to access necessary support and resources to ensure academic success.


The Graduate Assembly New Students Welcome Mixer — RSVP

February 9, 2017 | 6 – 8 pm | Anthony Hall

Calling all new students! Join the Graduate Assembly for an evening of drinks, food, and fun. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the GA executive board, officers, and delegates. You can also learn more about resources on campus specifically for graduate students.


Student Health Services — RSVP

February 13, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

Medical, counseling, insurance and health-promotion services provided through the University Health Services will be reviewed in detail. Learn more about available services, health and wellness resources, and the Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (Berkeley SHIP), with plenty of time for Q+A.


Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes — RSVP

February 27, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

Are you coming to California from outside the state and would like to establish residency for tuition purposes? This workshop will summarize what a first year graduate student needs to do to establish residency for tuition purposes for Fall semester 2017. Important dates and procedures will be discussed. A short question and answer period for general questions to follow the presentation.


Strategies & Skills for Mentoring — RSVP

March 6, 2017 | 4 – 5:30 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

Gain insight into establishing and working within the context of mentoring relationships with faculty. Learn strategies and skills for mentoring undergraduates at Berkeley and in your future career.


Academic Writing — RSVP

March 20, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

Develop the academic skills necessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, and dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publications. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.


The following workshops are not part of the First Year Resource Series

and include topics of interest open to all UC Berkeley graduate students. Pre-registrations are required.


Campus Community: Sexual Violence Prevention & Support for Graduate Students — Register Online

January 23, 2017 | 4 – 5 pm | 309 Sproul Hall
February 22, 2017 | 1 – 2pm | 309 Sproul Hall

Berkeley is committed to maintaining a community free from sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence. All UC campuses are obligated under law and policy to provide sexual violence prevention education to graduate and professional school students. All incoming students are required to complete online and in-person training as part of this mandate. Additional opportunities to complete this in-person training will also be offered at select department orientations (for example, the Masters in Financial Engineering program).

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.


How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal — Register Online

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

This introductory workshop covers the basic principles of writing an academic grant proposal.


Editing and Revising Writing Workshop — Register Online

Friday, March 17, 2017 | 2 – 4 pm | 309 Sproul Hall

In this workshop the following topics will be covered: how a professional editor works with a manuscript; how you can use the techniques of an editor to revise your own writing; and how you can diagnose and avoid common writing errors and weaknesses. The goal of this workshop is to enable workshop participants to be able to step back and use the skills of a professional editor to revise and improve their own writing.