March 17, 2020

Keep Investigating – Undergraduate Research Continuity

Please note that new information and policies are developing rapidly, and we will continue to update our information. Posted below is the most up-to-date information we have on completing undergraduate research for fall semester. Make sure to check Mason’s Safe Return to Campus page for university updates. You can find a link to the full research continuity guidelines there.

Frequently Asked Questions



You should be proactively reaching out to your mentor to seek guidance about your project and any trainings or rules you must follow to be able to complete your project in the lab, field, or face to face. You and your mentor must follow the research continuity guidelines. Please do not come to campus if the university asks students to remain home. When speaking with your mentor be sure to mention any barriers you may face with completing work online if necessary, including time zone differences, access to internet, access to software, etc.

This is true for students in any of OSCAR’s programs.



Please consult the Safe Return to Campus Page for information about research continuity. Please make sure that you and your students have any necessary permissions and/or trainings before working in the laboratory or the field, or collecting data in person.

Events and Programs:

The Fall Celebration will be a virtual celebration.  Please continue to check our website and social media for updates on the virtual Fall Celebration of Student Scholarship and Impact.

Yes, for virtual presentations. Students who are accepted to present their projects virtually are encouraged to apply to the USTF for reimbursement of any expenses for virtual presentations, even though the students are not technically traveling. Please apply at least 30 days before the presentation.

Yes, we are working to ensure that students will still be able to put their Mason Impact projects on their transcripts. Given the challenges, it will be trickier to fulfill the “professionally communicated through a presentation, publication, or performance to an audience beyond the classroom” criteria. We are working on solutions for students to present virtually, such as the virtual Fall Celebration of Student Scholarship and Impact, and we will have flexibility moving forward. Please continue to check our website on updates about presenting your work.