Monday, March 28, 2011

Provost's Blog on Students as Scholars QEP

Despite the strange circularity of this, I'm blogging about Mason's Provost Stearns' blog entry about the Students as Scholars QEP (perhaps anthropologists would call it meta-blogging).

The best quote, "It’s the multi-layered aspect of the Students as Scholars enterprise that is particularly important and impressive."

It's exciting to see his support for the initiative!

Transformational Learning through Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance Webinar

The Students as Scholars QEP Planning Committee and Center for Teaching Excellence are hosting Mason's participation in the Transformational Learning through Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance webinar.  This webinar is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research as a part of the national celebration of "Undergraduate Research Week."

All interested faculty are encouraged to participate.

Webinar description: Dr. Moses Lee (Professor and Dean of the Natural Sciences at Hope College), along with three colleagues (Dr. Michael Seymour, Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Lorna Jarvis, Professor of Psychology; and Dr. William Pannapacker, Associate Professor of English) will discuss the value of undergraduate research and creative performance to promote learning, the resources available to develop and enhance Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance programs, and the transformation of student learning at Hope through research. The event will be moderated by Nancy Hensel of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 2-3pm.
Where: SUB II, VIP 3

Top 5 academic events from Connect2Mason

Connect2Mason, Mason's central news source from the Office of Student Media, is highlighting scholarly and creative events (Top 5 of Week of March 28) every week. We are excited about this new feature!

"Connect2Mason’s Top 5 are our staff's picks for the week's best academic and learning events. Every Monday, C2M will post a new Top 5 which will highlight some of the most interesting, informational and creative academic events going on at campus this week."

You can subscribe to their RSS feed, follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.


Students as Scholars stickers!

Wear your Students as Scholars stickers proudly (and visibly) over the next couple of days, and you could be surprised with a token of appreciation from the QEP Planning Committee!  We have roving members of the QEP Planning Committee and volunteers from the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program who have coupons from our wonderful sponsors, Noodles & Company in Fairfax and Mason Dining.  They are handing them out to students seen wearing their Students as Scholars around campus!

Locations to pick up your stickers:
  • Fenwick and Johnson Center library desks
  • InfoDesks in the Johnson Center, Sub I, and Sub II
  • The Academic Advising Expo in Dewberry Hall on Tuesday
  • Outside of the Center for Teaching Excellence (Johnson Center Room 241)
  • From any member of the QEP Planning Committee
Hint: Have your sticker very visible in the JC and around the clock on the North Plaza tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It was like a CLICK... Students as Scholars QEP Video

It was like a click...
 To watch the video, please visit
Thanks to GMUTV and our many campus stars, we have a new video introducing the Students as Scholars QEP! Click on to watch it on our website.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mason's 4th Annual Gender Research Conference

Mason is proud to support our 4th Annual Gender Research Conference, and announce a call for papers.

Mason's Gender Research Conference began as the culminating feature of the Gender Research Project.  Following a two-semester course designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students about the fundamental tools of social research, the Gender Research Conference serves as a forum  for Mason students to present their gender-related research to the campus community.  The conference aims to bring together undergraduate and graduate students from all majors.

Mason's Women and Gender Studies Program is currently accepting submissions for the Gender Research Conference. Papers from both undergraduate and graduate students of all academic programs are encouraged.

Deadline: All submissions are due March 31st, 2011
Conference Date: May 9, 2011
Location: Research I, Room 163 (George Mason University's Fairfax Campus)
Contact: Women and Gender Studies at 703-993-2896

Friday, March 18, 2011

Students as Scholars in Johnson Center

While basketball has been the main interest of people in the Johnson Center this week, we have decorated the building with Students as Scholars banners. Please enjoy!

RECOMB Satellite Conference on Bioinformatics Education

RECOMB-BE is an exciting conference on undergraduate bioinformatics education. Faculty are invited to attend, submit a poster, and encourage your undergraduate students to submit a research abstract.  The meeting is small and friendly and a great place to hear interesting talks and to meet other educators.

The goal of RECOMB-BE is threefold: to showcase best practices of teaching bioinformatics ideas to biology undergraduates, to discuss existing challenges in bioinformatics education (with an emphasis on undergraduate education), and to promote collaboration among educators with the aim to develop a mature bioinformatics curriculum. In keeping with the focus on undergraduates, the conference will also showcase selected bioinformatics research projects conducted by undergraduate students.

Unlike previous meetings on bioinformatics education, which have focused on how bioinformatics should be taught, RECOMB-BE showcases how leading bioinformaticians actually teach. Speakers will give short, introductory-level lectures, aimed at undergraduates. These lectures will be complemented by discussion panels focusing on existing challenges in bioinformatics education as well as poster presentations given by undergraduate students on their research projects. 

Dates: July 20-21, 2011
Abstract Deadlines: May 15th and 20th, 2011
Location: Vienna, Austria (travel assistance for undergraduates is available)

Faculty Guide to the Students as Scholars QEP!

We are excited that the Faculty Guide to the Students as Scholars QEP will be arriving in campus mailboxes early next week (around March 21st)! This guide is intended as an introduction to the Students as Scholars initiative (for everyone who didn't want or have the time to read the 100 page report!), and help you see yourself participating in over the next few years. The Faculty Guide is also available on our website at

This was so much fun to write, and I hope that it helps make our ideas clearer.  We will be adding more detail about the programs on our website as we work them out.

If you need additional copies, please contact us at

Many thanks to Shannon Jacobsen and the QEP Planning Committee for their work on this guide!

CISA Student Research Showcase and Dessert Social

The Center for International Student Access (CISA) invites you (Mason faculty, staff, and students) to the CISA Student Research Showcase, International Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina, as part of International Week.

This event features Desserts from around the World! What better way to celebrate the results of student scholarship?

Date: Monday, April 11th, 2011, from 6-8p
Where: Johnson Center Bistro

Mosaic Call for Papers

Mosaic: A Journal of Original Research on Multicultural Education, Teaching, and Learning is requesting original manuscripts for their Fall 2011 volume.

The publication is designed to inspire scholarship relative to the various collaboration that the Multicultural Research and Resource Center fosters, to explore the themes presented in University Life sponsored and co-sponsored programming with in the George Mason University academy through original and applied research.

Guidelines for submissions:
  • 2500-3000 words
  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • APA style

Due date: Submission are due April 20th, 2011, but early submissions are appreciated.
Contact: Please send submissions to Rebecca Walter

Collegiate Inventors Competition

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries, and research by college and university students and their faculty advisors [NOTE: separate undergraduate and graduate awards are given]. The Competition encourages students who actively pursue invention. Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics, and technology studies but creative invention can emerge from any course of study. The Competition also recognizes the working relationship between a student and his or her advisor. The program was introduced in May, 1990 and is operated by Invent Now.

The invention, a reduced-to-practice idea or working prototype, must be the work of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor. If it is a machine, it must be operable. If it is a chemical, it must be complete with evidence of successful application of the idea. If it is a new plant, color photographs or slides must be included in the submission. If a new or original ornamental design for an article of manufacture is submitted, the entire design must be included in the application. In addition, the invention should be capable of being reproduced.

Entry deadline: June 24th, 2011

College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

The College of Science announces a research colloquium specifically for undergraduate research students.  Participating students will present a poster at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which is open to the university community.  The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to other students and to faculty.  If you are a student engaged in undergraduate research at any level in any academic unit within the College of Science you are encouraged to participate.

Registration: Registration is free of charge, but an abstract (title, authors, affiliations, and 250 maximum word summary of your research project) must be submitted via email by April 1 (email to  

A keynote undergraduate speaker will be selected from the abstract submissions.  If you wish to be considered as a keynote speaker, please indicate in the email accompanying your abstract submission.

Additional information, including a sample abstract and poster template, may be obtained at our website.

Date: May 5th, 2011, 9a - 2p. Note: Lunch will be provided!
Location: Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, on Mason's Fairfax Campus
Abstract Deadline: April 1st, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship workshop

Professor Eamonn Kelly (CEHD) will present a workshop on "Writing a Successful NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application," The session, which will include an emphasis on STEM education, will also address other academic areas.

This workshop is most pertinent for faculty with highly promising/honors undergraduates, first year PhD students, and PhD students returning after a major programmatic change and two-year break. Candidate students should also attend.

Note for students: There are several faculty on campus (including me) who have served as reviewers for this program.  If you have questions about how to write applications for your field, contact your department after attending the workshop.

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

Three years of support
$30,000 annual stipend
$10,500 cost-of-education allowance
International research and professional development opportunities
TeraGrid Supercomputer access

Date: April 6, 2011, 3:30pm, Research I, Room 162
RSVP is requested to Michele Krugh

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid for Student Research

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering (note: this includes anthropology and psychology). Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Students as Scholars QEP is here!

Many members of the campus community received their copies of the Students as Scholars QEP this week through campus main.  If you are interested in one, please email to get a hard copy or visit to download a pdf of the entire document.  We will be sending out a Faculty Guide to the Students as Scholars QEP in the next couple of weeks, which is an abstract of the major ideas, including ways for faculty to be involved and examples of student activities we envision.

Anthropology and GIS REU

The White Mountain Apache Tribe Heritage Program and the University of Arizona announce opportunities for student participation in the second season of the Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates field school, a National Science Foundation-supported program, June 6-July 15, 2011.
Students participating in this REU will contribute to the creation of a Western Apache cultural and historical Atlas. Participants will learn field research techniques that will include:
• Creating research plans and documenting research efforts;
• Conducting archival, interview, survey, and participant-observation research;
• Identifying the locations of historical sites and land modification areas from archival maps, photographs, and land inspections;
• Collecting and conducting initial analysis of qualitative and quantitative data relating to historical and cultural use of landscapes and natural resources;
• Applying Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tools and technologies to mapping and field data collection.

Application Deadline: March 18th, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summer 2011 Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program

The online application for Summer 2011 Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (UAP) is now available. The UAP pairs high achieving undergraduate students with faculty mentors to undertake original research or creative projects. It provides each apprentice with a $1,000 stipend for summer to enable them to undertake twelve hours of research-related activities each week and $100 to cover materials, such as posters, lab supplies, and equipment.

Please contact Please contact LaNitra Berger if you have any questions while completing this application.
Deadline: Access to the online form will close on April 1, 2011

CHSS Undergraduate Research Symposium

On Tuesday, April 19th, 2001, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is a forum for undergraduate students to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Students who have been selected via a competitive process present posters or oral presentations and discuss their work. Faculty panels select award winners in a number of categories.

Oral Presentations: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Johnson Center Gold Room
Poster Presentations: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall
Awards Ceremony: 3:30 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

CHSS Undergraduate Research Symposium website:
Deadline for Student Submissions: Monday, March 28th, 2011.