Wednesday, November 5,2014
Read Rebecca's story: "The world of theater is constantly at war with itself. It's a battle of new versus old— do we put on an edgy new play about sexually frustrated teenagers with rock show lighting…or just do A Midsummer Night's Dream (again)?
I personally believe that you can do both at the same time. This drew me to Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage, a play published in 1594 that tells the mythological story of the Queen's tragic love affair with Trojan warrior Aeneas. This is a great, classic story that still deserves to be told today; my goal is to make this text, written entirely in iambic pentameter, accessible to both contemporary actors and audiences. My adaptation will be tested with the School of Theater's performance of the play in November.
I have spent countless hours over the weeks reading the text, making cuts, marking unfamiliar words and phrases, researching classical references…I have so far cut out twenty pages' worth of material, including two entire scenes. It's a delicate process. I must constantly be aware of the play as an entity. I could (and almost have) accidentally omitted moments that are integral to character arcs later on. A single strike of the "delete" key could alter a character's entire being.
Just this morning, I met with the production lighting designer. We discussed how to create a forest with light in a non-literal way. After much thought, it hit me—the massive columns on the set could easily be trees when lit a certain way. The collaborative nature of theater allows for constant, often daily, discovery."
For more information and to get the show tickets go here.
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