Thursday, January 31, 2013

Summer Internship with the Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research seeks a paid intern to work on the development of a digital archive of their quarterly journal.  This internship provides the opportunity for a student to participate in archival creation and processing.

This individual will work directly with the Director of Communications to digitally archive the journal and making it more searchable on the CUR website.  This will include scanning past issues, separating the issues into separate searchable pdfs for each article, inserting key words for each article onto the CUR site, and developing an archiving model to assist in continuing the process once they leave.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.  CUR is a grassroots organization whose principal support comes from its dues-paying individual and institutional members. Together, they represent over 600 colleges and universities. Most of our members are private and public liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities, although our membership does include faculty and administrators from research universities with a strong emphasis on undergraduate education.

Interested parties should send a resume, cover letter highlighting relevant skills and experiences and references to Lindsay Currie at

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Join us TONIGHT : S-CAR Conference Information Session

S-CAR Conference Information Session

Tuesday, January 29


George's (3rd floor of the Johnson Center)

Is there a question that you've always wanted to find an answer to? Is there a community project you've been wanting to launch? Have you participated in one of S-CAR's service learning intensives or completed an internship and want to share you experiences?

If you've answered 'yes' to any of these questions, we hope that you'll be able to join the undergraduate staff tomorrow - Tuesday, January 29 - from 7 to 8:30pm in George's to learn more about participating in S-CAR's conference in April.

Presenting at the conference is a wonderful way to apply what you have learned in the classroom to the real world and can help develop research abilities, enhance your written and oral communication skills, accentuate your creativity, and impact your community.

Refreshments will be provided, so we hope to see you there! Please contact Jane Walker at with any questions.

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/28

This Week at Mason:

MLK Evening of Reflection 

January 29, 2013

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Join the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education for an "Evening of Reflection".

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Fall Seminar Series 

January 29, 2013

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Johnson Center, Room 336 Meeting Room C

George Mason University’s Dr. Patrick Gillevet, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy will present "The Human Microbiome and Metabiomics: Who we really are"

Human Factors & Applied Cognition Brownbag Series: Jim Coan

January 30, 2013

12:00 pm

Student Union Building I, Room 3A

Join the Psychology Department a Brown-bag series with Jim Coan.


SPACS Colloquium: Gregg Gallatin 

January 31, 2013

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Research Hall, Room 163

Join the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences for a Colloquium with Gregg Gallatin.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Seminar Spring 2012: Dr. Xue-Long Sun 

February 2, 2013

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Innovation Hall, Room 136

Cell Surface Molecular Mimicry for Bio-Analytical and Pharmaceutical Applications presented by Dr. Xue-Long Sun.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/21

This Week at Mason:

Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720-Present 


January 23, 2013


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Johnson Center, Room 337

Dr. Uwe Spiekermann is Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. He has held teaching and research positions in G├Âttingen, Bremen, London, Exeter, M├╝nster, and Vienna, and he also served as the managing director of a Heidelberg-based foundation for healthy nutrition. His work focuses on the economic and social history of Germany and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of consumption, and the history of science and knowledge.

President Annette Lareau speaks at American Sociological Association


January 24, 2013


6:30 pm

ASA Headquarters, 1430 K Street Suite 600, Washington DC

The DC Sociological Society welcomes the new ASA president Professor Annette Lareau, who will speak on "The Importance of Field in Creating Capital: Middle-Class Parents' School Choice in an Urban Setting" at ASA Headquarters in downtown DC.

SPACS Colloquium: Lawrence Fagg 


January 24, 2013


3:00 pm

Research Hall, Room 163

Join the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences for a presentation on Electromagnetism: Nature's force that shapes our lives presented by Lawrence Fagg.

TraCCC Talk: Dr. Adam Lankford


January 25, 2013


12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 113

TraCCC will host a talk by Dr. Adam Lankford, assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Alabama, entitled The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers. The event is free and open to all interested parties.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Seminar Spring 2012: Dr. Diogenes Placencia


January 26, 2013


4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Innovation Hall, Room 136

Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for "Adventures in Photovoltaic Technology: Frontlines of the Solar Energy Race" presented by Dr. Diogenes Placencia.

Students as Scholars - Living Learning Community

Beginning Fall 2013

A new residential community of students interested in advanced scholarship, creative activities, and/or research.


The Students as Scholars Living Learning Community (SAS-LLC) will engage every resident of its community on a scholarly, creative, or research project outside the classroom.


The SAS-LLC will provide a residential experience for students to learn about research and give practical assistance with getting involved. Students as Scholars is Mason's undergraduate research and creative activities initiative.  Mason faculty from many disciplines call their academic work scholarship, and we consider ourselves scholars.  Students as Scholars is a way of giving undergraduate students an invitation to participate in research and creative activities.  The Office of Student Scholarship Creative Activities and Research ( in the Johnson Center, room 246 is the home of Students as Scholars.


  • Develop bonds with faculty
  • Share intellectual experiences with floor-mates
  • Engage academic challenges outside the classroom
  • Be prepared for post-graduate studies


  • Presently living on campus
  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • No prior research experience required

Learn More

  • Email organizers: Luis Sullivan ( or OSCAR (
  • Come to a SAS-LLC Seminar:  January and February 2013, locations TBD

Monday, January 14, 2013

Call for Papers: MadRush Undergraduate Research Conference

The 4th Annual MadRush Undergraduate Research Conference seeks outstanding undergraduate research or writing in any Humanities or Social Science discipline.  The conference will occur on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
How to Apply—Each student  should submit a 100-150 word abstract of their project to Dr. J. Chris Arndt at or no later than 5:00 PM Thursday, January, 31 2013.  Abstracts should be word files and should include author, major, institution, title of presentation.  Groups of students are also invited to submit panel sessions on related paper topics.
Presentation Format—Students selected for the conference will be notified by email in early-to-mid-February.  Presentations should be 10-15 minutes in length; there will be time for audience questions at the end of each conference session.  Presentations may include PowerPoint slides for visual support.  Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in attending the conference.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Association for Gravestone Studies Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition
Students: Earn a chance to attend the AGS Conference and Annual Meeting as a guest of AGS. Enter the AGS Student Paper Competition.
Requirements: The applicant must either be a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, as well as a member of the AGS.
Application: The application will consist of the title, abstract and text for a scholarly paper suitable for presentation at the Friday Lecture Session. The entry should be in the exact form that it will be delivered at the conference, including visuals. It should be a twenty-minute presentation. PowerPoint is the preferred presentation medium.
The award will cover registration, plus room and board for the full conference (about $525) and will include a cash prize of $300, which will be presented at the conference.
The recipient of this award will be expected to present the paper during the Friday evening lecture session, June 21, 2013.
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Your entry should consist of a cover letter with a PDF attachment, emailed to Bob Drinkwater c/o

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Extended Deadline: Call for Proposals

2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Forum on Human Rights
“Human Rights Locally and Globally”
March 1 2013
Virginia Tech

Through the institutionalization of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the discourse of human rights has had some six decades to spread throughout the globe, largely through a system of state actors. Meanwhile, human beings have wrestled with ideas and practices of human rights for millennia within their respective communities as well as between distinct communities. While some issues focus on international law, state violations, and processes of globalization, others look at individuals, families, and communities that are working to create structures of human rights on the ground. It is clear in the 21st century that human rights are both local and global, are here at home and abroad – each affecting each other. People and communities at home and abroad are inventing their futures in dignity and self-determination. We can learn from them and they can learn from our research. Bringing the best undergraduate and graduate research in the region together for a one-day conference, “Human Rights Locally and Globally” will serve as a space where we can investigate these issues across multiple disciplines.

Possible topics include, but certainly are not limited to:

    • Human Rights in Our Own Backyard
    • The Social Psychology of Dignity
    • The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Violence Prevention
    • Human Rights Cities
    • Participatory Action Research and Community Empowerment
    • Date Rape and Silence Regime
    • Societal Perceptions of human rights
    • New Media and Political Mobilization
    • Race and Human Rights
    • Ethics and Cognition
    • Spaces of Human Rights
    • Writing as Resistance
    • Human Rights in the U.S, Election Cycles
    • Constructing Human Rights Identities
    • New Social Movements
    • Agriculture, Human Rights and Resistance
    • Human Rights and Methodology

Submission Guidelines

Interested undergraduate or graduate student researchers should submit a proposal to Professor David Brunsma (<>) by January 15, 2012. Proposals should include name, email, university, degree program, year of completion, faculty mentor’s name, and a 250-500-word proposal. The proposal should include purpose statement, research questions, methods, and conclusions, etc., in order that the committee might get a good sense of the research. Proposals will be vetted by the Working Group for the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Virginia Tech.  If you are unsure whether your research fits the conference theme, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer, Professor David Brunsma.
The Conference
The 2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Research Forum on Human Rights, “Human Rights Locally and Globally,” will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, Virginia. All the papers and creative works will be presented on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pending funding, lodging may be provided for presenters travelling from other universities. The most promising papers and creative works will be considered for possible publication in Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences and/or Philologia, the journal of undergraduate research published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

A website with more information will be provided soon.

Contact Info:
Dr. David L. Brunsma
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Virginia Tech
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
Blacksburg, VA 24061<>

NASA Science Mission Directorate Undergraduate Student Instrument Project

Department/Agency:   NASA
Deadline:  Apr 05, 2013

Summary:  The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing this Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Educational Flight Opportunity (EFO) to solicit U.S. university proposals to develop an Earth or space science payload that will fly on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle. SMD designed USIP to promote interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to develop careers in the STEM related fields through offering NASA’s unique suborbital research platforms for student educational flight opportunities. This EFO is intended to provide multidiscipline undergraduate student teams an exciting hands-on project, while at the same time promoting the technical and project management skills necessary to train the country’s future science and technology leaders.   

A Q&A teleconference will be held on January 17, 2013.

Expected Number of Awards: 15-20
Estimated Total Program Funding:  $50,000
Eligibility:  Unrestricted.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, January 7, 2013

CDCs National Undergraduate Student Program

The CDC's National Undergraduate Student Program: A Public Health Workplace Experience to Increase Student Interest in Public Health

Deadline:  Feb 11, 2013

Summary:  The primary purpose of this funding opportunity is to create a national program for the exposure of undergraduate students, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority populations, to public health and biomedical sciences.

Expected Number of Awards: 4
Estimated Total Program Funding:  $16,000,000

Award Ceiling:  $2,850,000

Eligible applicants that may apply for this funding opportunity include: institutions with expertise in working with institutions of higher education, including, but not limited to: those that are designated as HBCUs, TCUs, AANAPIIs, HSIs; those institutions of higher education with a documented record of success in minority student enrollment; and minority-serving national and regional organizations who have a documented history of serving racial and ethnic minority students.

For more information, visit or contact:

Julio Dicent Taillepierre
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
        1600 Clifton Road, MS E -67 
        Atlanta, GA 30333
        Telephone: 770-488-8204