Wednesday, October 29,2014
We're mid-way through the semester, and we just wanted to share a few OSCAR/Students as Scholars news items with you.
Please join us in welcoming two new(ish) members of the OSCAR Team!
Denise Nazaire, already a familiar face in OSCAR, joins us as the OSCAR Program Coordinator. As our GPA, she helped develop the OSCAR Federal Work Study Research Assistant program. Now, in addition to expanding this, she’ll be providing additional student professional development and outreach, and will be supporting our curricular initiatives.
Andrew Cote joins us as the OSCAR Graduate Professional Assistant. Andrew is working on his DMA in music composition, and has experience in both creative activities and teaching.
Learn more about the entire OSCAR team here.
OSCAR Federal Work Study Research Assistantships
If you are looking for help with a research or creative project, hire an OSCAR Federal Work Study Research Assistant. Learn how to submit your position description on this site.
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
URSP is accepting applications for Spring projects until November 12th. Contact Dr. Rebecca Jones, OSCAR Assistant Director, with any questions about the application process.
How to get involved with Students as Scholars? Let us count the ways…
Many faculty wonder how to start to get involved with supporting undergraduate research and creative projects. Chairs and Deans wonder what “counts.” We’ve put together a guide for you here.
Curriculum Scholarship Development Grants
Is your program revamping your undergraduate degree program? Trying to figure out how to ensure students are prepared for culminating research experiences and their future careers? Want to engage them in scholarly inquiry in their classes? Prepare a Curriculum SDG preliminary proposal to attend our Curriculum Development workshop in January, with the potential to submit a full Curriculum SDG proposal in February for additional support from OSCAR. More details and application can be found here.
Do you have a research initiative? A project idea that includes another institution within the collaborative? An innovative idea for the Mason campus? 4VA grants can support your research - we encourage you to apply, and include undergraduate research assistants in your project. Proposals are due November 7, and instructions for including undergraduates are available on our new webpage.
Save the Date!
Fall URSP students will be presenting their projects on Friday, December 12th from 11-4 (Johnson Center), followed by our OSCAR Open House from 4-6 (JC NW Lounge Area). We’ll post a schedule of presentations on the website soon. Please join us to celebrate a great semester, and bring students to see the presentations and eat cookies!
Deadlines and Important Dates
-Posters on the Hill applications deadline: November 5, 2014.
-Curriculum SDG Workshop Applications Due: November 5, 2014.
-National Conference of Undergraduate Research abstract submissions deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
-2015 Celebration of Student Scholarship: May 5, 2014, Center for the Arts (never to early to plan!).
We are in Johnson Center Room 246, near Admissions. Please stop by to say hi, get information, or make an appointment. Our website is oscar.gmu.edu. Connect with us on Twitter (@Mason_OSCAR) and Facebook (Students as Scholars at Mason).
The OSCAR Team
Dr. Bethany Usher
Dr. Rebecca Jones
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Usher was a college freshman when she took part in her first dig at a prehistoric Monacan burial ground. While the experienced archaeologists rescued bones, pottery and other remains from the eroding mound, she was relegated to the edges of the site. But when someone unearthed teeth and wondered aloud what kind they were, Usher, who’d worked as a dental assistant in high school, chimed in. “Oh, that’s a lower second molar,” she said. She was promptly moved to the center of the mound.
It’s the “intentional signaling” of the dead that Usher says gives cemeteries an added layer of intrigue, even more than regular archaeological sites.
“You at first think how they’re laid out, where they’re positioned and what things were placed with them reflect who that person was,” she says. “But in fact, those things are what the people who buried them wanted this person to look like in the ground. So you get these interesting contradictions.”
As a graduate student, Usher studied health patterns of people buried in a medieval gravesite in Denmark, and she continues to work with her OSCAR students on some of that data today. Marion Chaloux, BA Anthropology ’13, studied leg and arm bones of children buried at the site to determine how tall they would have been if they’d grown to adults. She found, however, that the children were actually shorter than normal, and would have been shorter as adults had they lived, because they were sick and not growing properly. Chaloux won an award at the CHSS undergraduate symposium with her research last year.
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