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Academic programs that bring opportunity

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

California Channel Island deer mice may help answer greater conservation questions

Biosciences PhD student, Madeleine Becker recently received funding as part of the Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genomics Research Award from the American Genetics Association for her research on evolutionary and conservation genomics questions centered around California Channel Island deer mouse, a group of subspecies native to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California.

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University Business Consulting's Approach to Projects: Successes and Lessons Learned

Jun 26, 2024, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Register on MasonLEAPS Every new project has its own objectives, challenges, and opportunities for continual improvement. This session will cover how University Business Consulting has approached various projects at George Mason, present tips and tricks for methodologies and tools we’ve found successful, and it will share lessons learned the team

The Health of Our Waterways

Jun 28, 2024, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Potomac Science Center

650 Mason Ferry Avenue

Woodbridge, VA 22191

Join neighbors and friends, along with Dr. R. Chris Jones and faculty of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) for a discussion on the health of our waterways and a sunset gala. This benefit event supports the mission, research, and outreach of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education

Pathways to Quantum Summer Immersion Program- Virtual Course: Quantum Discovery For Students

Jun 29, 2024, 12:00 AM - Jul 10, 2024, 11:59 PM


The program will provide students with an introduction to quantum via a virtual course, followed by a week-long in-person experience visiting workplaces engaged in different parts of the quantum ecosystem including business and marketing, communications, policy, research, and more. Previous sites included IonQ, The MITRE Corporation, George Mason University, and