May 12, 2017

Summer Impact Grants

OSCAR and the Office of Undergraduate Education is excited to offer grants for the creation of Summer Team Impact Projects again this summer.  During the last two years, we received over 60 proposals and funded 17 projects. The projects supported 30 faculty and 140 students, involving almost every school and college at Mason

We support summer team projects based around a central theme, question, or problem. Faculty propose a topic and structure that is multidisciplinary in nature in the fall and accepted projects recruit undergraduate participants in the spring. These projects are led by at least two faculty members with support from additional faculty members and doctoral students.  The faculty team, with support from OSCAR, then hires six to ten undergraduate students to actively engage with the project. Faculty use the first week to give the students an academic orientation to the program and the second to help the students develop individual or team components to the larger project. Students, with faculty mentorship, work on the project for the remaining weeks of the summer and present their results at the Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Looking for more information about Summer Team Impact Grants? Click here to find out how YOU can make an Impact!

Environmental Science majors Sammie Alexander (left) and Michael Rollins (right) measure fish length with Dr. Joris van der Ham (middle) in Gunston Cove, VA. Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University