Wednesday, October 7,2015
Are you enthusiastic about supporting a diverse group of undergraduate students involved in research, scholarship, and creative projects? Got great ideas about how to involve and support more students? Think of undergraduate research as a model high-impact practice? Flexible, well-organized, curious, detail-oriented, ethical, resourceful, and able to juggle multiple tasks?
If yes, we'd love to see your application for our Assistant Director position in the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research. Review of applications begins November 12. See full position description on our blog
, or apply directly for position FA12Bz at jobs.gmu.edu
Friday, September 18,2015
The goal of the campaign, called “Faster Farther: The Campaign for George Mason University,” is to reach the half-billion dollar mark by 2018. To do that, said campaign officials, the entire Mason community needs to be engaged in the effort.
“A campaign isn’t just about raising money,” said emcee Wendi Manuel-Scott, director of Mason’s African and African American Studies Program, and an associate professor in the Department History and Art History. “It’s about banding together, working collectively and thinking about what kind of university we want to be.”
Three examples of that creative thinking were on display at the campaign’s launch at Dewberry Hall.
As a sophomore at Mason, Francis Aguisanda was recognized by a professor as a promising researcher. He was guided out of the classroom and into a research lab where he flourished academically but was strained financially, until he received scholarship awards from Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research—also known as OSCAR.
“In practical terms, each award was enough to pay for groceries for the entire semester,” Aguisanda said. “I also used some of the OSCAR stipend to help pay for a new laptop, and travel stipends to present my findings at both local and national conferences. These were amazing opportunities to practice my ability to communicate my science, and they remain some of my favorite memories of my time at Mason.”
These days Aguisanda works at the National Institutes of Health, developing therapeutics for rare genetic disorders using stem cells as a cellular model.
Frances is one of over 2500 students whose lives have been transformed by undergraduate research at Mason. You can meet many of the students by reading our blog
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Friday, September 11,2015
Part of the research involves giving iPods to 25 older adults with dementia at five adult day centers and examining the effects of personalized music intervention on mood and behavior, said Mason social work professor Catherine Tompkins, the associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Health and Human Services.
The five centers in the study are Fairfax County’s four adult day centers in Lewinsville, Lincolnia, Mount Vernon and Herndon, as well as Insight Memory Care Center, a private center in Fairfax.
Once the iPods are distributed, the students will visit the study participants at the centers twice a week for six weeks and video record their behavior as they listen. The video will later be reviewed, so students can closely observe participants’ behavior, Tompkins said.
There is also a control group of 25 older adults who won’t be given music, but will still be under observation. To qualify for the study, each participate must have dementia and no previous involvement with the Music & Memory Program.
Participants will be able to keep the iPods at the end of the study.
Past research has revealed that the part of the brain that stores fine arts, specifically music, stays the longest in persons with dementia, Tompkins said.
Tompkins said research has indicated individualized music interventions have been shown to provide individuals with dementia with positive outcomes, including a change in the focus of attention, the opportunity to access remote memory, and the elicitation of positive memories.
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Tuesday, September 8,2015
The successful students and categories from GMU are Yara El Mowafy from Gender Studies & Anthropology and Linh Huynh from Social Sciences.
Along with already such a huge achievement, these students are also still in the running to win their category outright on September 23rd, when 25 Irish and 25 International students will be announced as winners.
This is a huge achievement for both the university and the students! As Highly Commended, the students have won a certificate, will have their work published on the new online Undergraduate Library which will be launched early next year, and they are eligible to come attend the invite-only Global Summit in Dublin.
Friday, May 22,2015
The student team invested 8 months in the design-build process resulting in their fastest canoe to date. Support for the project provided in part by Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) and the Civil Engineering Institute (CEI).
Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/georgemason/videos/10150509898529997/
Monday, February 16,2015
The students learned hands-on design methods that look at problems from multiple angles to design the most effective product. The Mason students are from such varied majors as math, design, biology, bioengineering and computer engineering.
By collaborating with people outside of her math major in the College of Science, Chelsea Mohindroo says she gained new insight into how to look for answers. “The program exposed me to design thinking that I wouldn’t have learned in class,” says Mohindroo, who grew up in Springfield, Va.
In an approach called “SCAMPER” students take an idea, such as how to help older people with disabilities, and come up with a product. The acronym stands for Substitute something, Combine it with something else, Adapt something about it, Modify or Magnify it, Put it to some other use, Eliminate something, and Reverse or Rearrange it.
For example, a walking cane could have a foldout chair inside of it. But they didn’t stop there. They added a flashlight and other helpful additions. In another approach, the students imagined themselves as different members of a community and how they would see the product.
These approaches made for an effective combination that engineering major Sarah Choi says she plans to apply in her future classes at Mason. This was the first visit to Korea for Choi, a Korean-American. Next year, Korean students will travel to Mason. “The cross-cultural experience meant a lot to me,” says Choi, who grew up in Sterling, Va. “It was nice to go back to my cultural roots.”
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Thursday, January 15,2015
Now, through a minor in sport and American culture, Kleine is creating an oral history of how race and society played a role in Washington, D.C., sports.
Kleine took courses on U.S. sport history and basketball history with Professor Chris Elzey in Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was so fascinated with the subjects that he asked Elzey how he could learn more. Elzey suggested Kleine apply to Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) undergraduate program.
“It allows him to do the hands-on work of an oral historian,” Elzey says. “Assessing his project so far, I’m very pleased.”
Kleine and Elzey created a list of potential interview candidates. Not everyone called back. But their persistence paid off when Kleine met two former athletes who were willing to share their stories of perseverance.
Kleine, of Pennsylvania, flew to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., to meet Maury Willis—three-time World Series champion; seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star Game player; All-Star Game Most Valuable Player; National League Most Valuable Player; two-time Gold Glove Award winner; and the first modern-era player with two, 90-plus stolen base seasons. Wills also is one of 10 finalists on this year’s Golden Era ballot being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
“He was the real deal,” recalls Kleine, “I’d never met a more genuine, happy individual.”
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Monday, January 5,2015
The tattered and stained clothes on the table belonged to a young girl; the soiled garments, broken hair accessories and still-tied shoes are all that is left of her. The items were found buried in her grave, a grave she shared with a second person, most likely a relative. The clothes are evidence of a hideous crime—perhaps a human rights violation by the ruling government—that took place in the 1980s in rural Peru. Now, decades later, the alleged killers are finally coming to trial in Lima.
Time has faded the public interest in the outcomes of the dozens of trials emerging from the internal armed conflict. But a George Mason University professor and her protégé, a Mason alumnus, fare constant presences in the courtrooms of Lima, making sure that justice is carried out correctly and transparently. The professor, Jo-Marie Burt, teaches political science at Mason’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs and is director of Mason’s Latin American Studies program. Burt also is a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, where she works on human rights and transitional justice issues.
The student is Karina Arango, a Fairfax native who graduated last December with degrees in government and international politics and global affairs. When she’s not applying for a master’s degree and a Fulbright scholarship, she can be found in a sparsely populated courtroom, ever vigilant for legal irregularities. But the courts move slowly. “It’s a bit frustrating because I feel for the victims,” Arango says by Skype between sessions. “I know the families, and for some of these cases, I’m the only one in the audience. But it’s worth it because it’s important for the victims to have some sort of retribution, socially and legally.”
Arango, whom Burt calls “my eyes and ears on the ground,” and Burt, when she is not teaching at Mason, record whether officials are being impartial. They report on violations and seek to increase awareness about the trials, particularly in light of little local press coverage, through a blog Burt started in 2010, rightsperu.net.
Burt was Arango’s mentor for a project funded by Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) in 2013. With OSCAR funding, Arango made her first trip to Peru as a trials monitor for Burt’s project. Burt and partner organization the Due Process of Law Foundation were recently awarded a grant from the Department of State that will allow the trial monitoring activities to continue into 2016.
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Friday, December 19,2014
Dr. Usher is Director of the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) at Mason. She earned a BA in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Virginia, an MA in Bioarchaeology from Arizona State, and her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn State, and has previously been a professor at SUNY Potsdam (2000-2010).
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