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Just outside the nation's capital, we've built connections with government agencies and industry partners working at the forefront of scientific research. Combine those with our advanced facilities for getting real-world work experience and options for tailoring your degree, and our students have more opportunity to land jobs, internships, and research collaborations that really help them stand out.

Students work in Deborah Polayes Biology of Microorganisms Lab. Photo by Lathan Goumas/Office of Communications and Marketing

George Mason home to Landolt Space Mission that seeks to uncover the secrets of dark energy

George Mason University will be the home of the $19.5 million recently approved Landolt NASA Space Mission that will put an artificial “star” in orbit around the Earth. This artificial star will allow scientists to calibrate telescopes and more accurately measure the brightness of stars ranging from those nearby to the distant explosions of supernova in far-off galaxies. The project is led by principle investigator and Mason Science associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Peter Plavchan. 

Peter Plavchan in the Mason Observatory

George Mason CDS student’s cross-country journey brings him closer to his lifelong dream

Oliver Yu, a senior majoring in Computational and Data Science (CDS), has long aspired to delve into space exploration. With a strong emphasis on practical applications and hands-on learning, he plans to expand his science and engineering background, all in pursuit of his ultimate goal—working for NASA. 

CDS graduate Oliver Yu stands in front of Mason's Observatory

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2024 Mason Space Exploration Center Summer Camp

Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM - Jul 29, 2024, 4:00 PM

Research Hall, Fairfax Campus, George Mason University

The Mason Space Exploration Center camp will inspire the next generation to "launch" their curiosity and creativity about space. Campers will get fun and engaging hands on training in STEM activities from experts in working with programming and electronics (arduinos), generative AI tools like ChatGPT, mathematics, the physics of motion

Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Jun 18, 2024, 12:00 AM - Aug 9, 2024, 11:59 PM

For students 15+. ASSIP was established for high school and undergraduate students who are passionate about science and eager to gain practical science, technology, engineering and math experience. Selected students work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis-driven questions. The

Faculty/ PI Workshop: How NSF’s New Mentoring Requirements Can Improve Your Research Agenda

Jun 18, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

REGISTER TO ATTEND In this 90-minute virtual workshop, participants will learn about NSF’s new graduate student mentoring requirements for grants submitted on or after May 20, 2024. NSF leaders will begin the event with information about the new requirements, which apply to any grant that provides support to graduate students