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From the Dean: Safe Return to Campus

Dear Mason Science community: 

Across our College, many teams prepare in earnest for your safe return to campus. We are hard at work establishing safety protocols and robust learning and research experiences for the upcoming academic year. Thank you to our scientists, committee members, faculty and staff for your scientific expertise and facility and curriculum planning efforts.

From the timeline noted in President Washington’s message, students, faculty and staff will be cleared for return in the coming weeks once the required training is completed. I encourage each of you to come back to campus when the situation is right for you. Take care of yourself and those around you. When you do return, please complete the training, health assessments, and follow the university’s procedures. 

For our students, the quality of education you can expect to receive will not change. We continue to hold both excellence and inclusion as core community values. In fact we are building even more programming to support community building. Students can sign up for the College of Science virtual learning community (VLC) themed to focus on Scientific Inquiry and Global Problem Solving.

Let us know how you’re doing. I encourage you to periodically review the website and stay connected with us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).  On our end, we’ll be sharing wellness resources, virtual event details, professional and research opportunities, and success stories from across the college.

These unprecedented times rely on strong science more than ever. We all must commit to the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in our community while maintaining the most complete university experience possible, as circumstances allow.

Patriots, let’s do this.

Yours truly,


Watch the Dean's message to the Mason Science community