Students as Scholars is Mason’s undergraduate research and creative activities initiative. Mason faculty from many disciplines call their academic work scholarship, and we consider ourselves scholars. Students as Scholars is our way of giving undergraduate students an invitation to participate in research and creative activities, both within and beyond the classroom.
OSCAR, the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, is the home of the Students as Scholars initiative – it’s the name of the new office on the second floor of Johnson Center. Our QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan), required for re-accreditation, outlined the new Students as Scholars initiative for undergraduate research and creative activities. Read more about What is the relationship between the QEP, OSCAR, and Students as Scholars?[…]
The mission of the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research is to prepare students for the world through undergraduate research and creative activities. As the home of the OSCAR initiative, we foster a culture of student scholarship through increased participation in, and celebration of, undergraduate scholarly activities. Student learning is enhanced through a process Read more about What is the mission of OSCAR and the Students as Scholars initiative?[…]
The Students as Scholars initiative is organized to build students’ skills in undergraduate research and creative activities, as these skills are applicable to almost anything they will work on after college. Students will have increasing levels of engagement, beginning with the discovery of scholarship, moving through scholarly inquiry, and culminating with the creation of a Read more about What will students learn?[…]
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP): The URSP is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects, in addition to developing relevant academic and professional skills. Federal Work Study Assistantships: OSCAR has coordinated with the Office of Student Financial Read more about How can students be involved?[…]
The best way to connect with faculty is to approach them after a class or by visiting office hours. OSCAR also maintains a list of faculty who are actively or have recently been involved with OSCAR on our find a mentor page.
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is open to all undergraduate students and concentrations. Visit our blog to read about the wide range of majors and projects completed through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.
The Students as Scholars initiative gives faculty the opportunity to work with talented undergraduate students on exciting research and creative projects, both in the classroom and beyond. Although working with undergraduates has unique challenges, it can also be very fulfilling, both personally and professionally. Our commitment to creating a culture of undergraduate student scholarship cannot Read more about How can faculty be involved?[…]