List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Updates to VSE website
  * Mason Summer Research Fellowships for Graduate Students
  * Funding Opportunity: Sigma Xi grants to undergraduate or graduate
  * Burak Tanyu Receives Funding from Univ. of Texas at Austin and U.S.
    Dept. of Transportation


*VSE in the News***

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted:

At the Volgenau website (

  * From Mason to Google Part One -- Sam Blasiak
    [This is the first of a two-part series on two Computer Science
    graduates, Sam Blasiak and Naeem Esfahni, who have landed jobs with

If you have suggestions for other stories, please submit them to Martha 
Bushong, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*Photo of the Week***

The Volgenau School Robo-elves invaded the Neural Engineering Lab to 
make holiday snowflakes in one of the lab hoods and add holiday cheer to 
the school's homepage slider image.The Provost dropped by the lab to 
oversee the experimental set-up.


*Updates to VSE Website*

**We have added a new feature to the homepage that highlights some of 
the School's areas of expertise. Now, when you scroll across the words 
at the bottom of the slider image, tabs open to explain and provide 
detail about each area. By clicking the headline in the tab you can read 
more stories and see more pictures.


*Mason Summer Research Fellowships for Graduate Students*

Summer Research Fellowships provide financial support to graduate 
students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant 
time to their dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award 
is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely 
degree completion.

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. 
Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, 
January 23, 2015 (see Application Process). Recipients will be notified 
by Monday, March 2, 2015.

/Eligibility Criteria/

  * You are a doctoral or master's student enrolled full-time during
    fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.
  * You do not hold a fellowship that offers funding through the summer.
  * You will not hold an assistantship or accept outside employment
    during the award period.
  * Doctoral Students: You have completed course requirements, passed
    all required written and oral exams, and will be registered for
    thesis or dissertation credit in the spring 2015 semester.
  * Master's Students: You must provide written verification of your
    thesis proposal acceptance by thesis chair/committee no later than
    May 4, 2015 (last day of classes).


  * Fellowship amount: $6,000 for doctoral students; $4,000 for master's
  * Term of award: Summer 2015 (May 25 -- August 24).
  * Enrollment in summer coursework beyond dissertation or thesis
    credits must be approved in advance by the Associate Provost for
    Graduate Education.
  * Your thesis or dissertation chair must be willing to provide a
    written evaluation of your work at the conclusion of the fellowship.
  * You must submit a summary of the work produced at the conclusion of
    the summer.

/Application Process/

Applicants must submit the following materials directly to Akitta 
Robertson ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by 5 pm,Friday, 
January 23, 2015:

1. Strict Guidelines for Narrative

  * Limit two pages; one-inch margins; double-spaced; Times, 12-pt. font.
  * Student's full name and degree program must appear in the header on
    each page, e.g. "Jane Doe, PhD Communication".
  * Include brief description of thesis/ dissertation research.
  * Include research goals for summer and how they fit within your
    broader research agenda.
  * Include specific plans for executing research and attaining goals
    during award term.

2. Letter of recommendation

  * One letter of recommendation is required.
  * Recommendation letter must be from your thesis/dissertation chair
    and include verification of eligibility.
  * Recommendation letter must be submitted by your thesis/ dissertation
    chair directly to Akitta Robertson ([log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Questions?Contact Akitta Robertson at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>or 703-993-8912.


*Funding Opportunity: Sigma Xi grants to undergraduate or graduate students*

Sigma Xi has extended the hand of companionship to more than 30,000 
young researchers through the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program. 
Sigma Xi grants are often the first research support an undergraduate or 
graduate student may receive.

Deadlines: 03/15/2015, 10/15/2015

/Objectives: /Research grants may be used to support scientific 
investigation in any field.

/Eligibility:/Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in 
degree seeking programs may apply. Membership in Sigma Xi is not 
required to apply, although applicants who are dues paying members or 
whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi are more 
likely to be fully funded if their application is highly rated.

/Funding:/The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all 
areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the 
National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for 
astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.


*Burak Tanyu Receives Funding from Univ. of Texas at Austin and U.S. 
Dept. of Transportation*

Burak Tanyu of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, 
Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering received $102K from the 
University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Department of Transportation 
for his project, "Defining the Boundary Conditions for Composite 
Behavior of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Structures."


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA 22030

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