Monday, February 24, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/24

 OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/24

This Week at Mason:



Vision Series: Richard Norton Smith: Personalizing the Past
February 24, 2014
7:15 pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall


Mr. Smith whose tenth book (on Nelson Rockefeller) will be published in 2014, will share a few war stories (as in, what to do when your 99 year old supersecret source dies the night before you are to interview her in New York?); draw connections between reality television and the biographical impulse; and time permitting, read briefly from his Rockefeller manuscript.

Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized biographer and presidential historian. A former speechwriter for Bob Dole, between 1987 and 2001, he served as director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford presidential libraries. He spent the next five years as Founding Director of both the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in Springfield, Illinois.


The End It Movement Benefit Concert
February 26, 2014
8:00 pm to 10:10 pm
Johnson Center, Bistro


Benefit concert bringing awareness about the 27 million people stuck in human trafficking around the world. This concert is put on by The Gathering and we are partnering with end it movement to bring awareness on campus.


SPP Brown Bag Seminar
February 26
12:00pm-1:00pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 311

“Social Construction of Motherhood in Reproductive Policy”
Speaker: Bonnie Stabile, Research Assistant Professor
Contact: David Armor, darmor@gmu.edu


Life Planning Seminar: Take 10 for You!
February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
University Hall, Room 2001


Most of us do not have a lot of time to spend exercising, meditating, or worrying about our health. In fact, "I don't have time" is the most common reason people give for not being able to improve their health and well-being. But do you have 10 minutes? Just 10 minutes each day can make a difference in many aspects of your life. With this small commitment, you can lower your stress, reduce clutter, improve your health, give yourself peace of mind, as well as prevent, reduce, and even reverse your risk for chronic disease. CommonHealth has the information you need to get past the time barrier and start making permanent and positive changes in your life. Strive for progress, not perfection, and Take 10 For You!


Visual Voices: Monica Amor
February 27, 2014
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Harris Theater


Lygia Clark: From Object to Subject. Visual Voices, a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, brings nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Record Number of Mason Students Accepted to NCUR


Forty Students from Mason Accepted to NCUR


Congratulations to all of the Mason students accepted to NCUR 2014!  Mason had a record number of 34 presentations accepted with a total of 40 presenters!!  This is truly outstanding and we cannot be more proud of your hard work.  


This year the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held at the University of Kentucky. This years theme is Readiness for the Future: Maximizing Undergraduate Research. The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. Oscar will join the forty accepted Mason students in Lexington, Kentucky to watch them share their projects with students from across the country. To read more about NCUR 2014 please follow this link: http://www.cur.org/ncur_2014/.





Also, check out some of the celebrations here at Mason for this upcoming Spring:
  • SOM 498 Case Competition (School of Management) on April 18th, 2014 from 12-6:30pm- Location TBD
  • Undergrad Research Symposium (CHSS) on April 29th, 2014 from 12pm-4:30pm at Dewberry Hall
  • SCAR Fifth Annual Undergrad Conference (School for Conlict Analysis and Resolution) on April 17th, 2014 at Dewberry Hall
  • 3rd Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship (OSCAR) On May 6th, 2014 from 3-6pm at Center for the Arts Lobby
  • College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium (COS)- April 25th, 2014                        
  • Volgenau School Of Engineering Undergraduate Research Celebration (VSE) on April 24th, 2014 from 5-8pm at Mason Inn
  • College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) on April 25th, 2014 from 4-7pm at the HUB Ballroom
  • School of Art: Art and Design Senior Show on May 9th, 2014 from 6-9pm at the Art & Design Building 
  • Honors College Spring Research Exhibition & Awards Celebration on April 2, 2014, from 2-4pm at Research Hall 163 (RSVP to honors@gmu.edu by March 26th)
All students are welcome to apply to their college/department celebration!


































Thursday, February 20, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 3/3

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 3/3

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers: scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the SUMMER, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations themselves are benefits of the UGSP providing you with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH. This includes a 10-week SUMMER Laboratory Experience. After each year of scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid SUMMER research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH post-doctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors. You will also attend formal seminars and participate in a variety of programs.
Deadline: March 3, 2014
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Lehigh University REU in Physics
Undergraduate physics and engineering majors currently in their sophomore or junior year are invited to apply to the Lehigh University SUMMER Undergraduate Research Participation Program in Physics. This year the Department of Physics at Lehigh University has again been selected by the National Science Foundation as a "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) site. In addition, a number of Sherman Fairchild Scholarships for research in solid state studies and electrical engineering are also available. The Lehigh REU program is intended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in physics or related fields.
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Wadsworth Center, NYC Department of Health, SUMMER Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The focus of the 2010 Wadsworth Center's SUMMER research experience for undergraduates is "Opening Doors to Creative Inquiry". The Center is unique in having a melding (no walls) between diverse and dynamic research fields, including cellular and structural biology, molecular genetics, and theoretical and computational modeling. We believe that creative inquiry in scientific research is a cognitive skill which can be taught by mentors in our research laboratories, learned by SUMMER interns, and then applied toward their career goals.
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Location: Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY


If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

URSP Student Involvement: Dive and Discover

 URSP Student Participates in Dive and Discover

Over winter break one of OSCAR's URSP students, Matt Rawls, joined with scientists from all over the world to complete Expedition 15 as part of the Dive and Discover program. Expedition 15: Dark Life at Deep-sea Vents had a primary mission to venture into the Pacific Ocean to examine life in some of the most extreme environments on Earth--deep sea hydrothermal vents. Rawls helped Dr. Foustoukos and Dr. Pérez-Rodríguez with high-pressure experiments on microbes collected at the vents

To read more Expedition 15 click here: http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/expedition15/index.html

Summer Opportunities: Anthropology

Summer Opportunities:
Anthropology

ExcavationS of the Baths at Roman Carsulae (ITALY)

June 8 – July 19, 2014
We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy  

(part of the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program)
(June 2 – 27, 2014)

Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae (ITALY)

June 8 – July 19, 2014
We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

Project and Location  
The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente for Umbria, Umberto Ciotti, from the 1950s to the 1970s.  He uncovered a number of its public buildings including the forum, amphitheatre and theatre and transformed the entire area into an archaeological park.  In 2004, our team, under the direction of Jane K. Whitehead and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria commenced a longterm project to re-excavate the baths, which are located just south of the city limits and were left exposed after Ciotti’s excavation 40 years earlier.
In 2011, we received grants from Italian sources, in particular the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico, which enabled us to construct a roof over the remains of the baths.  Because it affords greater protection from the elements, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons we were able to open up areas that were more fragile, thus further exposing the structure. 
We plan to dedicate our 2014 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof as well as the region immediately to the east, where in recent years we have uncovered more rooms.   We will also collaborate with our colleagues with the San Gemini Preservation Studies program and the Soprintendenza on a plan for the conservation of the bath building.

Program  
The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard in rigorous conditions.  Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, the formulation of research questions and priorities, identification and handling of artifacts, drafting of site plans, and analytical rendering.  Regularly scheduled lectures are given by both our objects conservator and ceramics analyst on such topics as: conservation in the field and lab, the history of ceramics in Italy, and Roman architectural construction methods and materials.  Throughout the season, participants are given the opportunity to work with our conservator in the lab cleaning and consolidating small finds, or in the field helping to conserve the mosaics we have discovered over the course of the excavations.

Cost   
The program fee is $900.00 per week, which includes a shared room as well as breakfast daily and lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment and local transportation is also provided. The minimum length of stay is three weeks, however in order to experience all stages of an excavation we strongly encourage participating in the full six-week program.  We have two possible start dates this year: June 8th and June 29th.  Those who are interested in participating for more than three weeks must begin on June 8th.

Credit
We are hoping to offer academic credit for the 2014 season. Anyone who is interested should contact us for further information.

Accommodations and Meals  
We stay at the Albergo Duomo, three or four people to a room, in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae.  All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless.  Our meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel. 
Schedule
Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 1 PM (or an hour earlier, depending on the weather). After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day's finds and attending classes, lectures, or working with our conservator. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available.
For further details and to apply please visit the website.
The application deadline is March 31, 2014.


Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy
 
(June 2 – 27, 2014)
Our colleagues at San Gemini Preservation Studies offer a number of programs that also take place during the summer in San Gemini.  We encourage you to look at their website and consider participating in one of their courses before or after your time spent working with us.  Of particular relevance to our project is the Archaeological Ceramic Restoration program, which runs from June 2 to June 27.  This workshop provides an excellent background in conservation and restoration which is very useful when working in the field and lab.

Monday, February 17, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/17

 OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/17

This Week at Mason:


Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series
February 18, 2014 
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


The George Mason University | School of Management's 2014 Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series is proud to present Jim Dinegar, President & CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

As president and CEO, since July 2006 Jim Dinegar oversees the leading regional organization representing the business interests for major companies throughout Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland.

As such, the Board of Trade puts its focus on the critical issues and opportunities here: transportation; emergency preparedness and business continuity; green as a competitive advantage; and the workforce challenges of recruiting and retaining highly qualified people. Special emphasis is paid to economic development strategies that will advance the growth of this region and additional focus is provided on the important issues of stability in this challenging economic climate.


Job/Internship Fair
February 19, 2014
February 20, 2014


Come to discover jobs and internships, explore your career options, or just get valuable experience talking to employers.


Info Session: Division of Learning Technologies: Instructional Design & Technology Program
February 19, 2014
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Thompson Hall, Room L040


Join the faculty of the Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) Program for an information session. Meet faculty, ask questions, and explore the various degree options available, including an on-line e-Learning Graduate Certificate and a Learning Technologies BIS Concentration. Register.


CyberSecurity Innovation Forum
February 20, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Research Hall, Room 163


Join us 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.

The focus of the evening will be on cybersecurity innovations that address current and evolving challenges and have had a real, measurable impact.

Current News through a Conflict Resolution Lens
February 20, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Arlington Campus, John Burton Library


The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) is launching its new students’ initiative activity “Current News Through a Conflict Resolution Lens”.

Looking at the “news of the day”, S-CAR students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive dialogue. This initiative allows people from different backgrounds and perspectives to express their ideas and opinions on local and global issues. Come and join our discussions.





Sunday, February 16, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 2/24

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 2/24

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

  • Positions are paid, full-time, and typically 12-weeks long
  • Gain project-based training and experience
  • Work with staff and other interns on meaningful projects as an integral part of the Wolf Trap team
  • Interact with Wolf Trap board members, patrons, and business leaders
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Housing is the responsibility of the student
  • Wolf Trap Foundation is not accessible by public transit.  Interns must have a car
    Deadline: March 1, 2014
    Location: Vienna, VA


University of Rochester Medical Center--Strong Children's Research Center SUMMER Training Program
This SUMMER Training Program will involve the student working under the direct supervision of a participating faculty member for 10 weeks during June, July and August of 2005. The faculty are members of the Strong Children's Research Center and include those with primary appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and members of other Departments at the University who are engaged in research relevant to childhood diseases and developmental biology. Student trainees will participate in research and clinical seminars, and will associate with each other as well as trainees enrolled in similar programs in the Medical Center. Students will be asked to complete a written report as well as present the results of their research at a poster session held in August for all SUMMER scholars.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Location: Rochester, New York

Charles G. Koch SUMMER Fellow Program
The Koch SUMMER Fellow Program uniquely combines policy work experience with professional education through a rigorous nine-week program. Through the program, fellows are connected to policy and research roles at more than eighty think tanks and non-profit organizations across the country, working on a variety of federal and state-based issues. Alongside the in-depth work experience, fellows undertake a rigorous curriculum of market-based policy analysis, participate in professional education seminars, and engage in theoretical discourse on the ideas of a free society.
◾Nine-week program from May 31, 2014, to August 2, 2014; includes weeklong seminars at the beginning and end of the program
◾Seven-week internship at state, federal, or single-issue policy organizations located in Washington, DC and across the country
◾Weekly Wednesday night lectures on popular policy issues from 7-9pm EST
◾Professional education and training opportunities on topics such as editorial writing and job interviewing
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Washington, D.C.

University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine/Dental Medicine SUMMER Research Fellowship Program
The University of Connecticut Health Center offers the SUMMER Research Fellowship Program (SREP), designed for students who are interested in a career in medicine, dental medicine or biomedical research and for applicants who have completed some college coursework in biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry). The program is devoted to approximately 30 hours per week of work on a research project and 10 hours per week to required clinical experiential.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Farmington, CT

National Institutes of Health SUMMER Internship Program in Biomedical Research

The SUMMER Internship Program in Biomedical Research is intended to provide exciting research experiences in our laboratories in Bethesda as well as selected off-campus locations. In this program, students work side by side with some of the leading scientists and researchers in the world. In addition to the laboratory experience, students have an opportunity to attend a SUMMER seminar series where senior NIH investigators discuss the latest developments in biomedical research. SUMMER internships generally last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in mid- to late August. Some flexibility exists to accommodate student needs. Students are encouraged to identify projects and mentors off of the NIH web site..
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Maryland and Washington D.C.

Georgia Tech SUMMER Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science Program (SURE)
SURE is a ten-week SUMMER research program designed to attract qualified minority students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science. Approximately thirty students of at least junior-level undergraduate standing are recruited on a nationwide basis and paired with both a faculty and a graduate student mentor to undertake research projects in the College of Engineering, College of Sciences, and the Packaging Research Center. Aside from their own research projects, the participants are provided with a series of seminars and field trips to expose them to the various topics of interest, both at Georgia Tech and in the Atlanta area.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Atlanta, GA

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) SUMMER Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Students will participate in a six week SUMMER enrichment program located at 11 medical sites around the country. The program is designed to help students compete successfully for acceptance into medical or dental school. SMEP components include: laboratory experience in a structured clinical and research environment with an M.D. or Ph.D. mentor; academic enrichment; preparation and review for the MCAT; practical counseling on the selection of medical and dental schools and the application process.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Chicago SUMMER Science Enrichment Program, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Dental, Duke University School of Medicine, Fisk University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (The College Fund/UNCF SUMMER Premedical Institute at Fisk University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center), New Jersey Medical School, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Western Consortium (University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Washington Dental, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine),Yale University School of Medicine

Glimmerglass Opera SUMMER Internships
As a Glimmerglass intern, students will experience a unique combination of practical work in a supportive environment and directed educational programs, each designed to further the student's growth. Whether in production, music, or administration, students will work directly with noted professionals while under the guidance of supervisors and staff from many of the best theaters, opera companies, and schools in the nation. Glimmerglass Opera offers an exceptional working environment, where acknowledged professionals and renowned artists work together to create some of the world's most exciting opera theater.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Cooperstown, NY

Purdue SUMMER Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
The MARC/AIM SUMMER Research Program has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

University of Nebraska Medical Center Undergraduate Student SUMMER Research
Undergraduate students considering careers in physiology or other laboratory science are offered opportunities to spend the SUMMER doing research in one of the university's laboratories. Each student will work on a project resulting in a poster session at the end of the SUMMER. Participating departments: Basic Sciences and Clinical Medicine; Anesthesiology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Internal Medicine; Neurosurgery Research Lab; Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Orthopedics and Rehabilitation; Pediatrics; Pharmacology; Radiation Oncology; Radiology; and Surgery.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Omaha, NE

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: SUMMER Program in the Neurological Science
The SUMMER Program in the Neurological Sciences offers a unique opportunity for academically talented high-school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to receive first-rate training in neuroscience research. Students get hands-on experience working with leading scientists in the Institute’s Division of Intramural Research, the "in-house" research component of the NINDS.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Location: Bethesda, Maryland


If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 2/24

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 2/24

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

Project L/EARN
This program invites sophomore and junior students with an interest in health and/or mental health research to apply to the Project L/EARN SUMMER 2007 research training program. The SUMMER program is an intensive ten-week internship opportunity for qualified students who would like to obtain research skills and "hands-on" experience in health and mental health research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. SUMMER training often leads to involvement in faculty research during the subsequent academic year. Faculty mentors represent a diverse array of disciplines, including health economics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, public health, social work and health psychology; all head vigorous research programs. Each intern will be matched with a faculty mentor whose work is most closely aligned with his or her particular interests, skills, and background.

The core of the SUMMER program is a daily workshop that provides technical training in research methods, study design, data management, and statistical analysis (programming in SPSS). Project L/EARN has been designated as one of Rutgers University's Graduate Education Preparation Programs. Interns will be provided with GRE preparation, as well as extensive guidance with respect to applying to graduate school.
Deadline: February 17, 2014
Location: Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research

Mountain Lake Biological Station Independent Field Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior REU
Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DBI 0097249) and brings undergraduate students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week SUMMER program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible fields of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, this program offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design. Many projects are submitted for publication in leading biological journals. Students also participate in a weekly seminar about the conduct of biological research. REU participants have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are granted full use of all Station scientific and computer equipment.
Deadline: February 20, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia SUMMER Research Internship Program
The University of Virginia School of Medicine offers SUMMER research internship opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program's focus is on biomedical techniques and practice, and its goals are to expose undergraduate students to laboratory research, to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in biomedical research. The program runs for ten weeks each SUMMER and includes three major components: a research project, workshops on advanced techniques of research, and a Distinguished Lecturer Series. The SUMMER Research Internship Program provides an outstanding environment to learn first hand about a career in biomedical research.
Deadline: February 21, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Caltech's SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowships--SURF
Caltech's SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity, and work directly with faculty mentors at Caltech on a specified project. At the conclusion of the program, they submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day, a symposium modeled on a professional technical meeting. Opportunities are available in biology, chemistry and chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geological and planetary sciences, humanities and social sciences, physics, mathematics and astronomy, and in the Jet Propulsion Laboratories.
Deadline: February 22, 2014
Location: Pasadena, CA

University of California, Irvine, UC LEADS
UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees) at UCI is designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged undergraduates pursuing courses of study in science, mathematics, or engineering who are likely to succeed in graduate school. This program provides students with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service, and academia following the completion of a doctoral degree, preferably, at the University of California. UC LEADS Scholars participate in two SUMMER research experiences. The initial experience takes place on the student's home campus. The second SUMMER research experience occurs at another UC campus. Students will receive housing and stipend expenses, which will be paid by the home campus.
Deadline: February 24, 2014
Location: University of California, Irvine (The second SUMMER of research will be conducted at another UC campus)

University of Cincinnati SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine provides hands-on research experience in one of our state-of-the-art biomedical research laboratories. Students will be matched with a research laboratory in one of the outstanding Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences for 10 weeks. A stipend is provided to help defray expenses. A wide range of research opportunities is available, ranging from molecular biology to animal physiology and behavior.
Deadline: February 26, 2014
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Carnegie Institution of Washington Geophysical Laboratory SUMMER Scholars Program
During the program, students conduct an individual research project under the guidance of staff members of the Geophysical Laboratory or the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. A variety of research fields are available for study, including: experimental petrology, mineralogy, mineral physics, seismology, planetary sciences and astronomy, biogeochemistry and related chemical sciences. Students will also tour other DC area research facilities and participate in a weekly seminar program.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

Undergraduate Research at the Nano-Bio Interface
This 10-week program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists on the cutting-edge of nanoscale research. The Nano/Bio Interface Center capitalizes on the University of Pennsylvania’s recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. NBIC has led interdisciplinary, internationally recognized research around the themes of biomolecular optoelectronic function and molecular motions.

Students in this SUMMER research program will work with a mentor in an NBIC investigator’s laboratory on a project appropriate for the duration of the program. Students will gain experience with substantial aspects of doing science: experimental design, data collection and communication of results. Important components of the program are the activities that complement the lab research: seminars, paper discussions, career sessions and skills workshops. Themes that will underscore program activities include diversity and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and ethical and societal issues related to nanotechnology.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA

SUMMER Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) in Nanoscale Science & Engineering
If you're interested in nanotechnology, this is a great opportunity to get a head start on an exciting career by applying today for the ten-week SUMMER undergraduate research program in Nanoscale Device Development at UMass Amherst. You will work on real cutting-edge research projects with faculty mentors and graduate student labmates as you build your own scientific foundation for the future.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Location: Amherst, MA

Pennsylvania State University, Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates
The Mathematics Department of the Pennsylvania State University hosts a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site. Participants will be selected from qualified applicants. We encourage students to apply for both, SUMMER REU and our MASS program which runs in the Fall semester of each year. Participation in REU followed by MASS provides an opportunity for completing a more substantial long-term research project.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Location: Pennsylvania, University Park


If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/10

 OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/10

This Week at Mason:


Mason Homecoming 2014
February 10, 2014 to February 15, 2014

Planning has begun for Homecoming 2014. This years theme is: Mason 2014: Bringing Home the Green and Gold! Tip Off for the Men's Basketball game is at 6pm on Saturday, February 15.

Visit the Homecoming Website for more event information.


S-CAR World Cafe Film Series: Bling
February 11, 2014
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Campus, John Burton Library


Bling is a feature documentary that will take a satirical, hard-hitting look at how "blinging" in the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone. Film takes U.S. hip-hop celebrities on a journey to Sierra Leone diamond mining communities, former child soldiers, refugees and local hip-hop artists.


Life Planning Seminar: Love, Peace and Purpose
February 12, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
University Hall, Room 2001

How does a life with less stress and greater meaning sound to you? Dr. Beth Cabrera will share some insights from positive psychology to help you achieve just this. She will discuss the value to relationships, mindfulness, and committing to a life purpose and will share strategies for creating a happy, fulfilling life.



The New Health Care Law:  How Does It Work and What Does It Mean For You
February 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Meese Conference Room

Agenda:
Welcome, Moderator  
Peter Stearns, Provost

Opening Remarks,
         Ángel Cabrera, President

Health Care Perspectives
         Katherine Archuleta – Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Background and Relevance of Health Care Law
Len Nichols, Director, Center for Health Policy Research & Ethics, College
    of Health and Human Service

Description of Health Insurance Options and Why and How to Sign Up
Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and
   Human Services for Region III

Student Health Services at Mason
         Wagida A Abdalla, Physician - Executive Director, Student Health Services


Point of View Conference: Ethics and Conflict Analysis and Resolution
February 14, 2014
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 125


Point of View Conference Spring 2014: Ethics and Conflict Analysis and Resolution
The theme of this conference is that ethics is thoroughly embedded in the analysis and resolution of conflicts. Speakers will examine the value commitments of the conflict parties—their normative beliefs, actions, and emotions--as well as the normative aspects of intervening in a conflict setting, seeking to transform the conflict dynamics. From this normative perspective, we explore new ideas, models, strategies, and objectives for our field.

Keynote speaker: Lawrence Susskind. "Participatory Action Research (PAR) and the Ethics of Knowledge Production." His web site is www.lawrencesusskind.com. His blog can be accessed at http://theconsensusbuildingapproach.blogspot.com. The web site of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative is scienceimpact.mit.edu. His most recent book (with Shafiqul Islam) is Water Diplomacy: A Negotiated Approach to Managing Complex Water Networks (Resources for the Future, 2012).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Important Dates: Smithsonian Office of Fellow

Important Dates:
Smithsonian Office of Fellow

Keep an eye out for these important dates provided by the Smithsonian  Office of Fellow. These dates include important deadlines for Summer applications so be sure to add them to your calendar now!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday 2/26/14, 10 am: New Intern Orientation (DC)
 
 
 
Saturday 3/1/14: Deadline for Summer 2014 Internship Program at NMAH
 
 
Wednesday 3/26/14: 2014 STRI Annual Fellowship Meeting (Panama)
   
Wednesday 3/26/14, 10 am: New Intern Orientation (DC)
 
Friday 3/28/14: 2014 STRI Annual Fellowship Symposium (Panama)
 
Tuesday 4/8/14: OFI Fellowship and Internship Workshop (DC)
 
Wednesday 4/30/14, 10 am: New Intern Orientation (DC)
 
Wed 5/7 - 5/9, 2 pm to 5 pm: Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Fellows' Lectures on American Art (DC)
 
Wednesday 5/28/14, 10 am: New Intern Orientation (DC)
 
Tuesday 7/8/14: SI Academic Appointment Council Meeting (DC), 1pm-2:30pm
 
Tuesday 10/7/14: SI Academic Appointment Council Meeting (DC), 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Summer Opportunities: February Highlights for Anthropology

Summer Opportunities: 
February Highlights for Anthropology
 









Medieval "Crisis" Populations- Osteology Survery and Workshop

Location: Transylvania
When: June 8- July 5, 2014 & July 6- August 2, 2014




















Medieval Funerary Excavation- The Lost Churches Project


Location: Transylvania, Romania
When: Jun 15- July 5/ July 6- July 26, 2014















 






Victims of Change-Bioarchaeology of Children Osteology Workshop

 Location: Transylvania, Romania
When: July 6- August 2, 2014




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 2/17

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 2/17

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, and materials science. Projects vary from year to year but may include historic resource documentation, hands-on research, data collection, materials and product testing, or testing new technologies. Our summer internships last ten weeks. Positions will begin on or about June 2, 2014 and end August 8, 2014.
Deadline: February 16, 2014
Location: Natchitoches, LA


Project L/EARN
This program invites sophomore and junior students with an interest in health and/or mental health research to apply to the Project L/EARN SUMMER 2007 research training program. The SUMMER program is an intensive ten-week internship opportunity for qualified students who would like to obtain research skills and "hands-on" experience in health and mental health research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. SUMMER training often leads to involvement in faculty research during the subsequent academic year. Faculty mentors represent a diverse array of disciplines, including health economics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, public health, social work and health psychology; all head vigorous research programs. Each intern will be matched with a faculty mentor whose work is most closely aligned with his or her particular interests, skills, and background.

The core of the SUMMER program is a daily workshop that provides technical training in research methods, study design, data management, and statistical analysis (programming in SPSS). Project L/EARN has been designated as one of Rutgers University's Graduate Education Preparation Programs. Interns will be provided with GRE preparation, as well as extensive guidance with respect to applying to graduate school.
Deadline: February 17, 2014
Location: Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research

Mountain Lake Biological Station Independent Field Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior REU
Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DBI 0097249) and brings undergraduate students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week SUMMER program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible fields of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, this program offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design. Many projects are submitted for publication in leading biological journals. Students also participate in a weekly seminar about the conduct of biological research. REU participants have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are granted full use of all Station scientific and computer equipment.
Deadline: February 20, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia SUMMER Research Internship Program
The University of Virginia School of Medicine offers SUMMER research internship opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program's focus is on biomedical techniques and practice, and its goals are to expose undergraduate students to laboratory research, to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in biomedical research. The program runs for ten weeks each SUMMER and includes three major components: a research project, workshops on advanced techniques of research, and a Distinguished Lecturer Series. The SUMMER Research Internship Program provides an outstanding environment to learn first hand about a career in biomedical research.
Deadline: February 21, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Caltech's SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowships--SURF
Caltech's SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity, and work directly with faculty mentors at Caltech on a specified project. At the conclusion of the program, they submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day, a symposium modeled on a professional technical meeting. Opportunities are available in biology, chemistry and chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geological and planetary sciences, humanities and social sciences, physics, mathematics and astronomy, and in the Jet Propulsion Laboratories.
Deadline: February 22, 2014
Location: Pasadena, CA


If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/3

 OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/3


This Week at Mason:



Vision Series: Susan Shields: Footnotes: Creating Contemporary Dances
February 3, 2014
7:00 pm
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall


A dance is a creation that leaves no tangible object in our world. This discussion will center on why working so hard for an ethereal moment of beauty matters. This talk explores the choreographic process from the perspective of an artist who wonders why another dance is relevant, but continues to create.
Shields performed nationally and internationally, most recently as a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. In addition to performing the works of numerous contemporary choreographers, she was partnered with Baryshnikov in Mark Morris' acclaimed dance, The Argument. She holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Empire State and an MFA from George Mason University, where she is the Director of the School of Dance.


S-CAR Brown Bag: Dr. Mary Wade
February 4, 2014
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Arlington Campus, Metropolitan Building, Conference Room 5183


The Brown Bag discussion will focus on the impact of the Trayvon Martin verdict on the mind, emotions and spirit of African Americans. Regardless of politics, economic condition or social status the George Zimmerman verdict intensified the angst among African Americans. A sense of being under continuous attack, and a lack of protection from abuse by law-enforcement and the criminal justice system sears the spirit of the the community.

Reading from the book, "Can You See Me Now?: Poems, Prayers and Songs for Trayvon Benjamin Martin" will serve as backdrop for the discussion.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP Here


Artist Lecture & Reception: Sonya Clark
February 4, 2014
1:30 pm
Fairfax Campus, Art and Design Building, Fine Art Gallery


An artist lecture and reception will be held.
Sonya Clark explores issues of identity, race, and culture through the use of textiles, combs, and hair, blurring the boundaries between art and craft. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries around the world and has received numerous honors and fellowships. This exhibition is in conjunction with the African and African American Studies department at Mason, in celebration of Black History Month.

From January 21 - February 21, view the exhibition Black and White and Thread All Over: Work by Sonya Clark, displayed in the Art and Design Building, Fine Art Gallery.


2014 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture
February 4, 2014
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Art and Design Building, Main Gallery


African and African American Studies offers their annual lecture series, the 2014 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture, with Sonya Clark, Chair, Dept. of Craft/Material Studies, Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions.

Internationally, her work has been exhibited and collected by institutions such as the Museu de Arte de Brasilia in Brazil, Natal Society for Art in South Africa, the Montreal Museum of Decorative Art in Canada, Goettlicher Gallery in Austria, the Maxwell Gallery in Australia, and the Musees d’Angers in France.

Also, check out Professor Clark's work in the main gallery of the School of Art Art and Design Building. Her work will be up through February 21st, 2014. The show was curated by Kariann Fuqua, University Curator.


Current News through a Conflict Resolution Lens
February 6, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Arlington Campus, John Burton Library


The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) is launching its new students’ initiative activity “Current News Through a Conflict Resolution Lens”.

Looking at the “news of the day”, S-CAR students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive dialogue. This initiative allows people from different backgrounds and perspectives to express their ideas and opinions on local and global issues. Come and join our discussions.