Friday, October 9, 2015

Smithsonian Fellowships and Internship Workshop - Nov 12th

Are you interested in doing an internship or fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution? In the past couple of years, Mason students and faculty have held internships or fellowships in these Smithsonian Museums and offices:

National Zoological Park
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Office of Chief Information Officer
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution in Thailand
National Museum of American History
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of the American Indian
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access
National Museum of Natural History
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
and others, too.

On Thursday, November 12th, join Karen Carter, SI Program Specialist, to learn out about the broad array of SI’s academic appointment opportunities, from museums to programs to administrative offices. Mason students have a special advantage, as you can participate during the academic year, and just take Metro to DC-based internships!  Learn about:
  • basic qualifications
  • best times to apply
  • how to search for opportunities
  • tips for navigating the on-line application system
  • what reviewers look for in essays
  • other pertinent information. 
Karen Carter will hold a workshop from 3:00-4:00pm that focuses on student programs but also highlights faculty opportunities, in the HUB ballroom. Immediately following the presentation, students and faculty are invited to a reception (with refreshments) where Smithsonian representatives will be present to help answer questions. The workshops are free but pre-registration is required by November 9th.

REGISTER HERE!   You will be taken to a login screen, and then the event details. If you don't see the Register button in the bottom left corner, then click the date of the event to get to registration page. If you are a community member or alumni, and are unable to login to the registration system, please email to RSVP (we're happy to include you). You can also register in person at the event.

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, in conjunction with University Career ServicesSmithsonian-Mason School of Conservationthe Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence, Office of ResearchOffice of Fellowships (Honors College) and the Office of Graduate Fellowships, is pleased to host these workshops. Many of these offices will be available to answer questions during the reception, also.

In the American spirit, the Smithsonian is a universal lens that sparks the learning in everyone. As a steward for our nation’s treasures, in our groundbreaking scientific research, and through our far-reaching educational programs, we are in the business of exciting the learning in everyone! To learn more about the Office of Fellowships & Internships, visit their website and sign up for their email newsletter under "New Opportunity Updates." You can see Mason undergraduate student Madeline Cole talk about her internship at the National Portrait Gallery, also!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join us! OSCAR is hiring an Assistant Director!

We are hiring an Assistant Director in OSCAR, and we'll looking forward to having a great person join our team. See below for the formal advertisement. You are welcome to view our website ( and follow us on Twitter to learn more about our award-winning program.

George Mason University
Assistant Director, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR)

The George Mason University, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) under the Office of the Provost invites applicants for the position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will report to the Director of OSCAR. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative faculty position.

OSCAR is home to the Students as Scholars initiative, which offers curricular and cocurricular opportunities for undergraduate students to solve complex challenges by participating in scholarship, research, and creative activities. OSCAR is a recognized national leader in undergraduate research and has been highly successful. Over 2700 students in the past three years participating in research and creative projects, and over 200 courses from all disciplines give students the opportunity to engage in research and inquiry.
The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting and increasing student and faculty engagement with the Students as Scholars initiative:
  • Designing creative approaches to recruiting faculty and students, including those from underrepresented groups, to participate in Students as Scholars activities;
  • Managing the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), and organizing professional development activities for students and their mentors during the academic year and summer;
  • Teaching the URSP interdisciplinary research seminar and/or a discipline-specific course;
  • Supporting the OSCAR Federal Work-Study Research Assistant program;
  • Organizing the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship, and assist our schools and colleges in their undergraduate research celebrations and symposia;
  • Coordinating student participation in local, regional and national conferences and other presentations of student works, and managing the Undergraduate Student Travel Fund (USTF);
  • Serving on the Students as Scholars Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Leadership Council and the Student Scholarly Activities committee; and
  • Supporting curricular initiatives, assessment, and other areas as aligned with incumbent’s skills and interests. 
The successful candidate will possess a broad understanding of the value of undergraduate research and creative activities as a model high-impact activity. The incumbent will provide leadership and support for the mission of OSCAR; and should have demonstrable experience in coordinating undergraduate research and creative projects, project management, and teaching and advising undergraduates. To work in our busy, diverse and collaborative environment, we seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, curious, detail-oriented, ethical, resourceful, and able to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks. A master’s degree is required, and a doctoral or other terminal degree is preferred. Disciplinary specialization is open.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. George Mason University values campus diversity and demonstrates this in campus initiatives; we particularly encourage members of historically underrepresented groups to apply.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA12Bz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, philosophy of student scholarship (single page), and a list of three references with their contact information by November 12, 2015. EO/AA/Vet/Disabled Employer