Monday, November 26, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 11/26

This Week at Mason:

Colloquium of the Computational Materials Science Center

Monday, November 26th

4:30 pm

Research Hall, Room 301

John G. Michopoulos presents Towards Data and Specification Driven Inverse Multiscale Design of Materials.

OSCAR Open House
Wednesday, November 28th

11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Johnson Center Room 246
The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), is the home of the Students as Scholars initiative.  We want to invite you to celebrate with us at our OSCAR Open House on November 28th, from 11-1.  We'll provide snacks, and an opportunity to chat with other students about their projects, meet supportive faculty and get more information about OSCAR's programs. Please come by!

Brown Bag Seminar: A Focus on Migration to the DC Region

Wednesday, November 28th

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 308

Join the School of Public Policy for a Brown Bag Seminar with speakers: Stephen Fuller and Lisa Sturtevant on Migration to the DC Region.

Physics and Astronomy Colloquia: Robert Ehrlich

Thursday, November 29th

3:00 pm

Research Hall, Room 163

Join the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences for a presentation by Robert Ehrlich on The Tachyonic Neutrino Hypothesis.

Linguistics Colloquium: Statistics Meets Syntax - Tapping into Learning Biases 

Thursday, November 29th

7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

University Hall, Room 3300

A talk by Dr. Jennifer Culbertson. Abstract: It has long been claimed that language acquisition is facilitated by a set of biases which limit the space of hypotheses learners entertain. Recent research also suggests that learners can take advantage of the rich statistical properties of the input.

Funding Available: Emerging Scholars Fellowship

The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship is currently seeking proposals for unique and thought-provoking research or creative projects related to mental health!

The Emerging Scholars Fellowship program aims to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to young adult communities. The Fellowship program encourages creativity in the development of a project that reflects interest in behavioral health issues; a wide range of project types are likely to receive funding. Emerging Scholars will be awarded a $750 stipend to support their work and may apply for an additional $250 in reimbursement for material expenses.

Project proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, December 31, 2012.  Preference will be given to early submissions.  Please download the 2013 Call for Proposals online at  

Completed proposals must be submitted using our online form, also online.  All applicants will be notified by January 14.  The Emerging Scholars Fellowship encourages proposals from all interested currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and is dedicated to maximizing diversity within the Scholar network.

The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health, provides an opportunity for students to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.

For more information, email Candace Daniels, Program Manager of National Initiatives or visit

Monday, November 19, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 11/19

This Week at Mason:


HAP Seminar Series: Denise Osborne-Harrison, J.D., MPH

Monday, November 19th

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Johnson Center, Gold Room

Join the College of Health and Human Services as they invite speaker: Denise Osborne-Harrison to lecture State Health Exchanges and Medicaid Expansions.

Academic Skills Workshop: Managing Performance Anxiety

Tuesday, November 20th

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Student Union Building I, Room 3129

This workshop examines the reasons for performance anxiety and explores strategies for cope with it.

Thursday, November 22nd


 Happy Thanksgiving from the OSCAR Team!


Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28 - 2012
2013 AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

Call for Applications
Application deadline: December 7, 2012

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites fellowship applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop to be held at the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.

The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an overview of how education research is designed across fields, how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied research organizations (i.e., The American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute) will introduce education research as a field and share their area of expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and beginning a career in education research.

Fellows will be paired with a faculty member and a graduate student who will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop, fellows will attend preselected paper sessions and presentations during the AERA Annual Meeting.

Award: Fellows will participate in the Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop during the AERA 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.They will also have the benefit of a distinguished mentor as part of the award. The award includes conference registration and two nights of lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for transportation costs to San Francisco.

For more information on eligibility and application requirements please visit: Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

Direct all questions to George L. Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, at 202-238-3200 or

Friday, November 16, 2012

Proposal Writing Workshop

Proposal Writing Workshop Today!
Friday 11/16
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mason Hall D003A

Interested in submitting an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) proposal? Join Dr. Jones today and receive tips on writing your URSP proposal before submitting your application.  

**The deadline Spring URSP applications is Friday, November 30. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

School of Management’s Business Plan Competition

School of Management’s Business Plan Competition


We are pleased to announce that this semester the School of Management’s Business Plan Competition will be open to student teams from across Mason, in any major or discipline. For many years SOM has run this competition with teams from within the School. We’ve now opened the Business Plan Competition to the entire student body, and are offering significant prizes.

On Saturday, December 8th selected teams will present their plans for a new business or venture before a live audience and panel of judges comprised of successful entrepreneurs. Presentations are limited to 8 minutes in length, and are typically accompanied by PowerPoint slides or similar visual aids. Prizes of cash and in-kind services will be awarded to the best plans.

Through the generosity of our donors, The School of Management has established a new Student Venture Fund and will be awarding $30,000 in cash and in-kind services to winners in the Competition. First Prize will be $10,000 plus in-kind services. Second and Third Prizes also will be awarded. This year’s Business Plan Competition is one of our first events coordinating with the Student Venture Fund.

This is a two stage contest:
Stage 1: Turn in Executive Summary (no more than 5 written pages) by Friday, 23 November 2012. Summaries should be sent to Dr. Mahesh Joshi, School of Management.
Stage 2: Eight teams will be chosen to pitch their ideas on Saturday, 8 December 2012. Representatives from each team will have up to 8 minutes to present their idea before a panel of judges and live audience.

For more information on the competition rules, please visit SOM Business Plan Competition Announcement.

Event Registration Contact:
Prof. Jim Wolfe

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patriot Green Fund

Get money to help Mason go green - apply for the Patriot Green Fund!

Are you interested in helping make Mason a more sustainable ("green") place to live, work, and learn? The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) offers $100,000 per year to any student, faculty, or staff member with a great idea to improve Mason's sustainability. You and your team could be responsible for installing Mason's first rain garden, solar installation, or beehives... your imagination and dedication are the only limitations!

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but our next Committee's project review meeting is in early December, so please make sure you submit your proposals by November 29th if you're interested in getting funded for this fiscal year.

See for more information.


GIS Day  

Today: 11/14
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Center for the Arts


GIS Day is the yearly scholarly celebration in the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science. This year, they will be giving out awards for the best student posters. All are welcome to come to GIS Day and the amazing application of GIS technology to a variety of disciplines and research questions!

Monday, November 12, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 11/12

This week at Mason:

Sport in the Global South Conference
Monday, November 12th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Johnson Center, Cinema
Second annual sport in the Global South Conference. Featuring many expert speakers as well as showcasing student work from Mason. While several roundtable panels are planned for the conference, we will also have several themed and open paper sessions covering any aspect of sport and the Global South.

GCH Fall 2012 Seminar Series - Catherine Gillespie
Tuesday, November 13th
3:15 pm
Student Union Building I, Room 3B
Join the Department of Global and Community Health as they welcome Dr. Catherine Gillespie, a Biostatistician with the Center for Translational Science Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Gillespie will  lecture on:  An Innovative Approach to Chronic Disease Surveillance: the Monitoring Disparities in Chronic Conditions (MDCC) Study.

Open Forum with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Wednesday, November 14th
4:30 pm
Johnson Center, Cinema
You are invited to attend a discussion and Q&A session with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Secretary Geithner will be speaking on the topic Financial Crisis - Why Do We Have Them?. A Mason ID is required for admission.

Cybersecurity Innovation Forum
Wednesday, November 14th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Conference Room
Join the School of Management for a series of short case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators from throughout the region. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with plenty of opportunity for discussion and discovery.

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Brain Bases of Secong Language Acquisition
Thursday, November 15th
7:30 pm to 8:45 pm 
University Hall, Room 3300
Join the Department of English for a talk by Miwako Hisagi (MIT): Brain Bases of Second Language Acquisition: ERP Indices of Automaticity in Japanese L2 Speech Perception.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Proposal Writing Workshop

Proposal Writing Workshop Today!

Wednesday 11/7
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Hall Rm. 3300

Interested in submitting an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) proposal? Join Dr. Jones today and receive tips on writing your URSP proposal before submitting your application.  

**The deadline Spring URSP applications is Friday, November 30.

Monday, November 5, 2012

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 11/5

This week at Mason:

S-CAR: Apophatic Sovereignty Before the Law at Guantanamo
Tuesday, November 6
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Arlington Campus, Truland Building, Room 555
Join the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution as they welcome speaker Dr. Allen Feldman, a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research on the political photo-ontology of the body, the senses and the state in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the post 9/11 global war of terror. 

Proposal Writing Workshop
Wednesday, November 7
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Hall Rm. 3300
Join Dr. Rebecca Jones and the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activity and Research (OSCAR), to receive tips on writing your URSP proposal before submitting your application for the Spring program. The deadline for Spring URSP applications is Friday, November 30 at 5:00pm.

Lecture: Why Europe Matters to the US
Thursday, November 8
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Johnson Center, Gold Room
Join the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as they welcome speaker William M. Drozdiak, President of the American Council on Germany, who will speak on "Why Europe Matters to the US".
Physics and Astronomy Colloquia: Enrico Rossi
Thursday, November 8
3:00 pm
Research Hall, Room 163
Enrico Rossi presents Chiral Superfluid and how the voltage difference between the two layers affects the conditions for the realization of the phase coherent state, and its properties. He will then discuss the relevance for experiments of the results.

University 100 Peer Advisor Information Session
Friday, November 9
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The HUB, Room 1
Peer Advisors: Co-teach University 100 Freshman Transition classes, gain valuable work experience, get paid to have fun and help students, serve as role models and mentors, and develop great leadership skills. Attend an information session to learn more. Applications due November 30.

Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship program is part of the national effort to help ensure that the United States meets its current and projected human resource needs in the environmental science, engineering, and policy fields.  By enhancing and supporting quality environmental education for undergraduate students, the GRO Undergraduate Fellowship encourages promising students to pursue careers in environmentally-related fields and to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. This goal is consistent with the mission of EPA, which is to provide environmental and human health protection as well as reducing pollution.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 5, 2012, at 11:59:59 PM ET.  Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships in the summer of 2013.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support (for a three-month summer internship) for a combined total of up to $50,000 over the life of the fellowship.This fellowship is intended to help defray costs associated with environmentally-oriented study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

For information on eligibility and application materials please visit:
Eligibility Contact: Bronda Harrison (; phone: 703-347-8080
Electronic Submissions Contact: Todd Peterson (; phone: 703-308-7224
Technical Contact: Georgette Boddie (; phone: 703-347-8049