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Mason's College of Science is a research powerhouse. And we deliver.

As an R1 university—a classification for institutions with the highest level of research—Mason has the people, funding, and facilities to support broad, interdisciplinary studies, as well as specialized research. Our results-oriented scientists create and share new knowledge and develop innovative techniques that impact society, the economy, and the environment. We believe that research should be used to make a difference in our communities and the world. 


Major Research Centers

Research centers are chartered organizations in the university. They are foci for larger groups of scientists and support staff organized around specific research areas. Our research mission is to produce science that enhances society, creates clear career pathways for students, and enhances economic development in the region and the nation.

Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM)

The Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine’s mission is to: a) create new technologies and make basic science discoveries in the field of disease pathogenesis b) apply these discoveries and technologies to create and implement strategies for disease prevention, early diagnosis and individualized therapy. The primary emphasis of our disease research is cancer, but new technologies developed in the center are being applied to a number of important human diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as liver, ocular, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases.

CAPMM scientists  identify and decode the cryptic messages hidden deep inside the human proteome that are critical links to early disease detection and patient-tailored treatment. With clinical investigators from health care organizations and industry partners, the researchers are working to bring this novel laboratory research to the clinical level—the patient’s bedside. The “bench-to-bedside” approach accelerates new tools and technologies  into improved, early disease diagnosis, individually tailored therapies, and personalized disease management for patients.

Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA)

The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) at George Mason University brings together a strong and richly experienced team of scientists and engineers focused on using advanced technology to understand collisions involving transport vehicles and to develop means to avoid or mitigate them to enhance safety and security. CCSA is associated with the College of Science at George Mason and the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS).

Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

CFD is the systematic application of computing systems and computational solution techniques to mathematical models formulated to describe and simulate fluid dynamic phenomena.

CFD is part of computational mechanics, which in turn is part of simulation techniques. Simulation is used by engineers and physicists to forecast or reconstruct the behavior of an engineering product or physical situation under assumed or measured boundary conditions (geometry, initial states, loads, etc.)


Earth Observing and Spatial Research, Center for (CEOSR)

The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR) at George Mason University provides a focus for cutting-edge research related to satellite platforms, including data acquisition and processing, as well as information extraction and analysis, for a variety of application domains such as natural hazards and disaster management, hurricane tracking, and geospatial intelligence. CEOSR, the largest research center at George Mason, with more than 60 affiliated scientists, is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Science (COS), and has strong ties with several government agencies including NASA, NRL and others. It supports the mission of science at GMU, as a working group on Space, Earth Systems, and Geoinformation Sciences, including Earth Observing, Geospatial Information Systems, and Space Weather. In addition to fundamental science, CEOSR also provides needed infrastructure to support research projects falling within its focus areas.

Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT)

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) refers to the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information on the position and complementary attributes of physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, events and activities. Thus, it covers a wide range of diverse applications, ranging from environmental monitoring and emergency response to intelligent vehicle navigation and surveillance for homeland security.

The Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT) at George Mason university is conducting, supporting and coordinating research, teaching. technology transfer and outreach activities in geospatial intelligence. With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, CGEOINT is uniquely positioned, both academically and geographically, to become an Academic leader in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Intelligence.

Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing for Water/Energy Science (CISC)

The joint Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing (CISC) was established on March 1, 2006. CISC is under the direction of Dr. Phil Yang (Director) and Dr. David Wong (Chief Scientist). CISC is established on our research on intelligent spatial computing and collaborations with our domestic and international agencies/partners, including NASA, NSF, CUE, NPS, EPA, FGDC, Peking University, Wuhan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and HeiLongJiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Targeted to be an international innovator and leader, CISC’s research is focused on geospatial information interoperability, high-performance geospatial information processing, geospatial pattern analysis, and spatial GEOSS applications.

Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)

COLA is dedicated to understanding climate fluctuations on seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, with special emphasis on the interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.

Center of Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS)

The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) conducts research and provides training to postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and master’s students in Geospatial information science, remote sensing, satellite image analysis, geospatial data processing, Earth system science, geospatial interoperability and standards, geographic information systems, and other related subjects.

Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC)

The Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC) is a joint interdisciplinary center (with China) focusing on global environmental and climate monitoring, global carbon measuring, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration, and Earth observations.

ESTC brings together researchers  from various cultural backgrounds and gives them high-level approaches, international vision, and in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and climate research. The Center’s faculty teaches the skills, tools, and methodologies to support a global approach for solving complex problems. ESTC has been supporting the international activities of Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) which is one of commissions of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), such as World AgroMeteorological Information Service (WAMIS) system.

MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC)

The MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC), is attempting to scout this unchartered territory and map the world that these bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa inhabit within us. Their effect on human health will be a major focus of research at the center where investigators will explore microbial imbalances on or within the gut, mouth, respiratory tract and urinary and reproductive systems.

National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID)

The National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID) was founded in 2001 to address the challenges to national and international security posed by biological terrorism. The scope of the center has evolved to include the study of infectious diseases that are emerging from populations around the world and are attributable, in part, to today’s internationally mobile society.

Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC)

Researchers at the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) are using the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes of the Potomac River.

Research with a capital “R”

World-class research universities attract world-class talent. We produce scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation and produce new insights that address pressing world problems and improve human life. As a result, faculty, students, and alumni of the College of Science regularly receive recognition for their work through awards, grants, and fellowships.


Graduate Research

Graduate students at Mason can commit to their research pathway, receiving support from the college every step of the way. From research grant development forums to collaboration opportunities, students have many opportunities to further their research.


Undergraduate Research

The College of Science pairs high achieving undergraduate students with faculty mentors to undertake original research or creative projects. You will increase your understanding of how knowledge is constructed, how to argue your opinions, and the ways to solve problems based on sound evidence.


34 million

Total research expenditures for AY 2019. 


The college's percent of Mason's total number of research proposals, the largest share. 


Mason is a research powerhouse and the largest public research university in Virginia.

News and Events

Research Fridays

Research Fridays

A Day in the Life of a Scientist - virtual edition

Health & Science Week is still ON! Mason Career Services has modified the original schedule to develop three virtual events. Please read the event details closely.


School of Systems Biology Colloquium: Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot

Apr 7, 2020/12:00 - 1:00 PM

Speaking: Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot, University of Texas at San Antonio
IABR 1004


Research Continuity Q&A Session

Apr 8, 2020/2:00 - 3:00 PM

Webex info will be shared after RSVPing

As you navigate the new realities of work under the COVID-19 restrictions, you probably still have a number of questions about what these new restrictions mean for your research and how you can plan for the future.