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Subject: April 2020 Newsletter


Office of Graduate Education

  April 2020

Hello Patriots,

An immense amount of change has occurred in the last few weeks and we are doing all that we can to be a reliable resource for you. As we come together to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that your health, safety, and well-being are our highest priorities. We also remain deeply committed to helping you realize your educational goals. The Office of Graduate Education has developed a series of FAQ’s<> related to COVID-19 that you may find useful.

You may also contact our office for general inquiries ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), for graduate student academic appeals and exceptions ([log in to unmask]<>). Lastly, if you were recently approved for the graduate student travel fund, please email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> with any questions you may have. You can also keep up with our office on twitter (@Mason_GradEd<>).


The Office of Graduate Education

Important Announcements

QEP - Quality Enhancement Plan

As part of Mason’s reaffirmation of accreditation, Mason must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a five-year initiative focused on improving student outcomes/student success. On Thursday, March 26th, 2020, at 12 p.m., the lead champions of the top four QEP topic proposals will present their proposals to the University community.

After the presentations are completed, the slide decks for each presentation, as well as a recording of the entire presentation session, will be posted to the QEP website (see above). There, you can also find a link to provide comments/feedback and to rank the proposals. Ranking and feedback must be received by 4/17/20. The final QEP topic should be announced by the end of the semester.

The WebEx information can be found here<>. The meeting can also be accessed directly by clicking this link<>.

PROV701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy

Are you a Ph.D. or MFA (terminal degree) candidate interested in a career in higher education? Will you be on the job market, applying for academic positions during the 2020-21 or 2022-23 academic years?

PROV 701 is a FREE cohort-based program (Fall 2020–Spring 2021) that includes:

  *   In-person/online discussions about the academic job market & career options;
  *   Opportunities to prepare cover letters, teaching philosophies, research statements, job talks, etc. and receive feedback.
  *   One-on-one mentoring sessions, and more.

For any questions, please email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Access Application Here<>

Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference - CANCELLED

On behalf of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) and Graduate Student Life, we are writing to inform you that the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference is unfortunately cancelled for this year. This decision was made by GAPSA’s Executive Board in response to the University’s decision that all campus events will be cancelled through May 18, 2020, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

This was a difficult decision as the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference is a much anticipated annual event where Mason graduate and professional students gather to showcase their research to the wider campus community. Although we were able to reschedule the conference once, due to the university’s recent decision to extend the cancellation of on-campus events, we have decided it is best at this point to cancel the conference.

The Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference will be back next year. Please send an email<> if you have any questions.


Graduate Fellowships

COVID-19 Special Message from Graduate Fellowships:

If your externally funded research, travel, or professional development activities have been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, or if you are concerned about how future funding opportunities and application cycles may be affected, please reach out to the Office of Graduate Fellowships for support by clicking here<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Announcements, New, and Congratulations:

  *   Congratulations to Stefanie Goncalves, a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, who has been awarded a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA (NIH 31) Fellowship<> in support of her dissertation research!
  *   Mason’s 2020 Cosmos Scholars Grants<> winners were recently featured in The George<> – check out their amazing research!
  *   NIH Grants Day – March 27. Now Online!  Hosted by the Institute of Biohealth Innovation and the Office of Research Development.  Join former NIH Program Directors, Drs. Rosemarie Hunziker and Antonio Sastre for NIH Grants Day comprised of sessions tailored for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Learn the NIH process, hone specific NIH grant writing skills, and/or participate in focused discussions appropriate for both new and experienced NIH grant writers. Join us for the entire day or drop in to attend individual sessions.  Register here.<>
  *   If you have won an external grant, fellowship, or scholarship in support of your graduate research or professional development, please let us know!  Some types of awards may qualify for additional support from the Office of Graduate Education, but we need to learn about them as early as possible to help you access additional support.
Funding Opportunities -  Upcoming Deadlines:

These are only a few of the many opportunities available for graduate students. Follow the Mason Graduate Fellowships twitter account (@GradFellowsGMU<>) for upcoming deadlines throughout the year! You can also utilize the search tools listed on the Graduate Fellowships website<>.

Have you been awarded a fellowship, grant, or scholarship for your research or professional development? Let us know! Contact Dr. Kay Ágoston, Director of Graduate Fellowships, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


Commonwealth Coastal and Marine Policy Fellowship<>

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) are now soliciting applications for the 2020 Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship. This 12-month paid fellowship is intended to provide educational and professional development opportunities for post-graduates interested in Virginia’s coastal and marine resources.

The application deadline is April 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST.

Doctoral Scholars Program - DEADLINE EXTENDED<>

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) goes beyond traditional fellowship programs. In addition to financial support, each scholar receives a commitment by the host academic department to provide quality mentoring, professional development opportunities and activities designed to hone classroom teaching skills.

The application deadline has now been extended until April 30th, 2020.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program<>

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.

The application deadline is May 6th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EST.


Fulbright 2021 Application Cycle - Online Information Sessions

Learn more about opportunities to conduct independent research or teach English abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program<>.  The competition for awards in the 2021-22 academic year opens March 31, 2020. These sessions will cover available opportunities, eligibility, and application process.  Open to U.S. citizens in all fields of study. Webinar sessions will be offered on the following dates. To register for a webinar, please RSVP to the Director of Graduate Fellowships, Dr. Kay Ágoston, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

  *   Monday, April 6, 2020, from 3 to 4 p.m.
  *   Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 6 to 7 p.m.
  *   Friday, June 12, 2020, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Graduate Student Life

Graduate Student Life Is Available Virtually!
Graduate Student Life has moved to virtual operations! Visit their Updates<> page for the latest news about Graduate Student Life events and services. Graduate Student Life staff continues to work during regular hours at this time and are available via video or voice call using WebEx. You may contact them via email<mailto:[log in to unmask]> with any questions or to schedule an appointment with their staff.

They are also offering several events online and planning more ways to engage graduate students virtually; visit the Graduate Student Life Updates<> page and the Graduate Student Life Events<> page to find out what’s coming up and how to get connected.

Get What You’re Worth: Negotiating Job Offers, Salaries, and Raises
Tuesday, March 31st
From 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Congratulations – you’ve landed your dream job! But what do you do once you receive the offer? Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services at this Graduate Student Career Development online webinar to learn strategies and tips to be an informed and effective advocate for yourself to get the compensation you are worth.
Instructions for participating in this webinar will be sent to registered students.
Register<> for this workshop now.

Perseverance and Success in Graduate School: A First Generation Student Perspective
Wednesday, April 1
From 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Online Panel Discussion
The Building Community event focuses on fostering relationships among Mason graduate and professional students of diverse identities while providing a platform for them to express ways to improve and strengthen the graduate community at Mason. This event will consist of a virtual panel discussion focusing on the experiences of first-generation graduate students and faculty at Mason. Please register here<> to receive more information!

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