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As part of Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan, all classes and associated instructional activities—including final exams—will be conducted virtually beginning November 30, while most campus facilities will remain open. Visit Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Plan for COVID-19 updates.


Join Dean Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm for the 2020 Celebration of Success that recognizes and shows appreciation of all College of Science faculty and staff.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Event held via Zoom

This year, the dean will honor nine faculty and staff with awards for their service during the 2020 calendar year. All awards come with a monetary award of $1000. Nominations close at noon on Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Celebration of success 2020

Participate in one or several event activities

Celebration of Success Dean's Awards

This year, the dean will honor nine faculty and staff with awards for their service. Submit a nomination. Nominations close at noon on Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Dean’s Award for Distinctive Service
Any classified staff member who has demonstrated excellence to students, faculty, and administration in meeting the vision of their home unit and the College of Science. 

Dean’s Award for Early Career Excellence
Tenure-track (non-tenured) faculty who have achieved notable success and have increased the profile for their Department and the College. Candidates must show exceptional accomplishment in teaching and/or research, thus clearly establishing themselves as excellent faculty members. While they need not excel in all areas of faculty activity, they should be clearly superior in at least one area and not obviously deficient in any areas. 

Dean's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
Awarded to a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in this area through their teaching, research, community outreach, or other efforts. 

Dean's Big Challenge Award
Awarded to a faculty member who has best contributed to solving one of the world’s big problems. 

Dean's Creative Educator Award
Candidates should be engaged in efforts in cross-disciplinary education, innovative approaches to education, enrichment of students' educational experience outside the classroom, and the embedding of entrepreneurship as an integral part of students' academic experience. 

Dean's Impact Award
Any faculty member who has achieved particular success and has made a notable impact and brought recognition to our College. 

Dean's Outstanding Staff Award
The candidate will be recognized for dedication to the well-being and operation of the college and the administrative units thereof. Individuals nominated shall exemplify strong capability, commitment and service to the College and the University community. Specific examples of the outstanding duties performed should be emphasized. 

Dean's Research Scientist Award
The award will recognize research excellence evidenced by the discovery of new knowledge as demonstrated by published work in books, journals and leading conferences; invited talks, prizes, inventions, patents and other recognitions; and, as appropriate, the track record of their competitive research funding. 

Dean's Research Support Award
Candidates should be actively involved in supporting a solid research program in basic or applied sciences that has gained significant national and international attention. It must be clear that the nominee has made a valuable and innovative contribution to research in the college. 

Questions? Please contact Teri Fede

Share your college kudos

The College of Science Kudos is an instant way to show appreciation to an individual or team for their contributions to Mason, both inside or outside of their department or unit. We encourage you to take a minute to say thank you to a colleague for an action you believe deserves recognition. Submissions will go on the college's social media accounts.

Submit your kudos

Questions? Please contact the Marketing and Communications Office

Support organizations in our community

Join us this season as we support local organizations in our community. We are partnering with the Mason Staff Senate and encouraging our Patriots to use the contactless and virtual donation options. 

Inova Children’s Hospital: The nationally recognized hospital is in Fairfax and specializes in the unique treatment of young patients. They have a Wish List of needed items, an Amazon Wish List, and Gift Policies to help you avoid purchasing any items that they cannot accept. 
Patriot Pantry: Contributions can be made using the Amazon Wishlist. If you are interested in making a financial contribution, you can donate to the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund
Student Emergency Fund: Donate to support students facing unexpected financial hardships, allowing them to stay in school. 
Bridges to Independence:  They maintain a list of urgently needed items and ways to give. Located in Arlington, they lead individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures.
Prince William County Animal Shelter: They have a Wish List of needed items and an Amazon Wish List


If you would prefer to drop off your donation in-person, please refer to the organization’s guidelines for accepting donations. 

Mason’s Parking and Transportation Office is offering a citation credit in exchange for charitable contributions made to these organizations. View more details by visiting their holiday donation page

College Raffle


The raffle continues. This year, you are able to submit your raffle tickets virtually. As usual, you must be present at the event in order to win a raffle item. Please use the link above to register for the event.

Deadline to choose raffle items is Sunday, December 6 at noon.

Questions? Please contact Carissa Hunter

Book reading

The College of Science will  host a book reading from November 30 to December 4, 2020 as a way of giving back to our College's families and children. We welcome all faculty, and classified and non-student wage staff to participate in either a live or recorded reading session with a children’s book of your choice. Books can be from varying genres to include STEM, holiday, seasonal, or general. Each session will be held via Zoom.

 Sign up for the book reading

Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Ford

Door decorating contest

Following this year’s theme, “ A Few of Our Favorite Things” decorate either a physical space (i.e. office space) or a virtual space (i.e. Zoom/MS Teams background). This can be interpreted in many ways so get creative! There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. This year’s prize: GrubHub gifts

Registration must be completed by Wednesday, November 25
Spaces must be decorated by COB, Wednesday, December 2

Sign up for the door decorating contest

Questions? Please contact Genevieve McKenna