Academic Resource Center Academic Resource Center


Welcome to your one-stop virtual center with tools and resources to help you navigate your way successfully through your graduate studies. 

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong - Bono
Do you know what your questions are?

Whether you're just starting CGU or are a continuing student, check out the ASK Workbook below. It's full of good questions and checklists to help you create your customized path to success.

The ASK Workbook

10 key facets of graduate school and career success with checklists and questions that you can use to gather and develop the tools you need for your unique journey through CGU.


Download the entire ASK Workbook or relevant chapters

Programs Programs


Note: All program times are in Pacific Time, unless otherwise noted.

Center for Writing and Rhetoric

Writing in graduate school is challenging; you will be asked to undertake more complex, sophisticated writing tasks. Regardless of your chosen field of study, writing will be a major part of how you learn and how you present your work. As you begin thinking about how to approach graduate level writing assignments and understanding CGU's standards of academic honesty, we invite you to take advantage of the following webinars early and often.

Writing Assignments in Graduate School

Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 am
Moderated by Francesca Gacho, PhD Candidate in English

Learn about the common writing assignments you might be expected to produce in graduate school in various disciplines. Learn about best practices, common paper structures, and basic questions you should take into account when approaching these writing assignments. Recommended for all incoming and returning graduate students.

Creating a Writing Plan

Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 pm
Moderated by Francesca Gacho, PhD Candidate in English

Writing papers for graduate school can be streamlined and made less stressful—with careful planning! Whether it's your first semester or your last in graduate school, this webinar will provide you with practical strategies to help plan your writing projects.

Get Organized! Time Management in Graduate School

Monday, July 2, 10:00 am
Moderated by Alyssa Krueger, PhD Candidate in English

This workshop will focus on time management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in graduate school. Topics will include how to calendar effectively, reminders of how to stay healthy, and brainstorming sessions for attendees to reflect on how to get the most out of their education with as little stress as possible!

Preparing Future Faculty

Preparing for Graduate Academic Life: Resources and Skills

Moderated by Shamini Dias, PhD, Preparing Future Faculty Director
Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am 

Academic work at the graduate level is demanding. But, if you're prepared and have the resources you need, academic work becomes rewarding, even joyful! This webinar introduces you to class preparation, discussion, study and self-management skills, as well as to useful academic resources available to you at CGU and the Honnold Mudd library.

Transdisciplinary Studies 

Collaborating Across Disciplines

Wednesday, July 18, 12:00 pm
Moderated by Andrew Vosko, PhD, Director, Transdisciplinary Studies 

What are the ingredients of a good collaboration? As a graduate student, when is it appropriate to work with others outside your field? To maintain your course and fly solo? This webinar will introduce you to different types of disciplinary collaboration: multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity. We will cover strategies to help you get the most from your scholarly collaborations and discuss how your disciplinary training can be used to tackle complex problems outside your field.

Career Development Office

It's never too soon to begin planning your career. Career planning is more than just getting a job. It's about the strategic decisions you make and the experiences you gain as a CGU student, to ensure you are well-positioned to transition into the career you desire. The goal of the Career Development Office is to partner with you through personalized coaching, to tailor your experience to your background and career goals. The Career Development Office curriculum is rooted in theory and focuses on empowering you with the tools needed to achieve your career goals. By investing in your career early, you will begin to lay a strong foundation for your desired career outcomes as you move through and beyond your academic experience.

How to be a Successful Graduate Student

Tuesday, June 5, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Tuesday, July 24, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Kick-Starting Your Career

In this workshop you'll learn how to assess your current skills, to identify and strategize ways to fill skills-gaps for the career you want, and how to create a roadmap to get you from here to your desired career destination. You can use your roadmap to plan a successful graduate school experience, use in conversations with your mentors, and effectively plan for your future career.

Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Tuesday, July 31, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

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Building Strategic Relationships 

You know you need to know people to get ahead, but how do you determine who you need to know? Learn how to identify those parties and communicate with them effectively to achieve your career goals.

Tuesday, June 19, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Tuesday, August 7, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

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Internship and Job Search Strategies

We'll discuss traditional and untraditional ways to find internship and job opportunities and ways you can create your own internship or job. Learn about the job market. Discover how to narrow your search, locate jobs, and market yourself to business and industry.

Tuesday, July 10, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Tuesday, August 14, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

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What Employers Want

It can be difficult to understand what employers are looking for. This webinar will allow you a peak behind the recruiting curtain. Join us as we discuss topics like: Skills that employers desire most, how to interact with employers, and more!

Tuesday, July 17, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

Tuesday, August 21, 12:00 pm
Moderated by the Career Development Office Team

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Financial Aid & Student Accounts

Navigating the sources of financial aid and tuition payment process can be challenging on your own. However, the Financial Aid Office and Student Accounts Office have teamed up to conduct a webinar to assist you in this process. We will help you understand what options are available to you, how to navigate the MyCGU portal to obtain the information that you're looking for and provide you with some tips to simplify it for you.

Understanding Your Student Financial Account

Wednesday, June 13, 12:00 pm
Moderated by Collins Ejiogu, Student Accounts Manager,
and Kristal Gama, Director of Financial Aid 

Learn about what is available on your MyCGU portal, tuition and fees, tuition payment, refunds, and options to finance your education.

Student Life, Diversity & Leadership

First-Generation Graduate Students and Their Journey to Success 

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 pm
Moderated by Mireya Morales, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of International Student Services, and Ariel Carpenter, Assistant Director of Student Life and International Services

A panel of current CGU students will share their experiences navigating the graduate school system as first-generation scholars. We will have opportunities open for discussion but believe that the storytelling will highlight the journeys that different types of students face. Each member of the panel will share their experience and there will be plenty of time for a lively and inspiring conversation with input from all participants.

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Optimize Your Career

Career Development Office
Preparing Future Faculty

Sharpen Academic Skills

Center for Writing & Rhetoric
Transdisciplinary Studies
Honnold Mudd Library

Engage with Community

Student Life, Diversity, & Leadership
Graduate Student Council

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