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GMU's Student Chapter of the ASCE raced their concrete canoe at the ASCE competition in April 2015 Friday, May 22,2015

GMU's Student Chapter of the ASCE raced their concrete canoe at the ASCE competition in April 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).

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Record number of Fulbright awards highlight Mason’s global diversity efforts Wednesday, May 20,2015

Record number of Fulbright awards highlight Mason’s global diversity efforts

“Mason’s record number of student Fulbright awards in 2015 is a reflection of the university’s ability to attract and cultivate student talent, and also our growing presence in the world of international education and global affairs,” said Kathryn Ágoston, director of graduate fellowships in the Provost’s Office.

The university’s international involvement can be seen on many fronts, including a greater emphasis on study abroad opportunities for students, international collaborations for faculty, Mason’s partnership with INTO, the Mason Korea campus, and the Global Problem Solving initiative, Ágoston said.

English Teaching Assistantship awards are designed to help introduce the English language to countries throughout the world.

“They’re looking for eager young people to teach English and represent the United States,” Berger said.

Fulbright Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds and don’t need a 4.0 GPA, said Berger. Fulbright is looking for students who represent the diversity of the United States and can help bridge cultural gaps in other countries.

“The faces of our winners actively reflect Mason’s diversity,” Berger said.

Last year four students, out of about 20 applicants, received Fulbrights. This year the number of applicants was slightly higher but the success rate was stronger.

“Our students represent what Fulbright is all about, and these students are willing to commit to the application process—that is the winning combination,” Berger said.

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International award opportunity - The Undergraduate Awards Wednesday, May 6,2015

International award opportunity - The Undergraduate Awards

This program accepts written scholarly papers that were a part of an undergraduate class and earned a grade of A- or better.  Many of you have completed research papers for a class, wrote a senior thesis, or completed a final report for your research mentor this year;  since all these experiences have a class component, they all are eligible to be submitted to this program.  You can submit work online and it is judged by a panel of Irish and International judges. The winners are brought to Ireland for a 3 day Global Summit networking event, published in our academic journal and recognized as the best in their field. We have 25 different categories for all students, but they fill up quickly. The 2015 Undergraduate Awards is NOW open for submissions.

As an added incentive, after you complete your submission to The Undergraduate Awards, bring a copy of your confirmed submission to OSCAR (JC Room 246).  We have a gift for you just for submitting!  Please read more below about this terrific opportunity. 

Who we are
The Undergraduate Awards acknowledges excellence in undergraduate academia across all disciplines.

How it works
Students can submit papers online, making sure their name and university is not included in the document. We gather a panel of academics in each field to anonymously assess the work. They select the top 10% in each category, and from that, the winner.

Why should I submit?
As a winner you will receive an exclusive invitation to the 2015 UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland, your work is published in our academic journal and you are recognized as the top student in your field. Shortlisted students are also recognized for their excellence, which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or your chosen career.

What now?
If you’d like to submit your work then you have until June 16th to do so. However places fill up fast so we recommend registering NOW to save your place. (you can register here!)

Thank you for considering this request at a very busy time of the year.  The deadline for submissions is June 16, so you have time to work on this AFTER you finish your finals.  Please let OSCAR know if we can help.



May 26

OSCAR Weekly Office Hours

Johnson Center room 246

June 15

URSP Proposal Writing Workshop

1:30 PM
Johnson Center room 239A

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