Monday, March 21, 2016

FWS Student Highlights: Emily Miles

My name is Emily Miles, and I am an OSCAR research assistant in the Office of Global Strategy.  Under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Svetlana Filiatreau, Manager for Global Learning Integration, I am exploring the needs, interests, and barriers to Mason students' study, service learning, or internships abroad. As we have about 59% of transfer students and high % of students with federal grants, we suspect that finances as well as duration of the programs may prevent students from participation. However we do not have hard Mason data that would empower our office to institute specific programs and scholarships. We strive to offer all Mason students meaningful global experiences, and we hope that this study will help us develop the best ways to do so. I also assisted in the creation of the 2015 Communication on Engagement which documented the results of the research for submission to United Nations.  This research project determined George Mason’s commitments and accomplishments toward the principles of the United Nations Global Compact from 2013 to present.

My responsibilities change week to week based on which phase we are in for this study. Right now we are contacting Mason organizations and to help circulate our survey. For the United Nations Global Compact: Communication on Engagement, I would document initiatives, commitments, courses, and accomplishments of George Mason’s faculty, staff, and students toward the principles of the United Nations Global Compact from 2013 to present. I then formatted the information into a publisher file to be reviewed and approved by the University.  

Over 70% of George Mason Students live off campus, so I contacted Off Campus Programs and services to help circulate our survey so all Mason students have the opportunity to give their perspectives. This project has given me experience in a professional environment.  It has been a great learning opportunity that will help me with research projects in the future.