4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded

Eight Collaborative Research Grants were recently awarded by 4-VA at Mason, providing faculty and their teams of student researchers, as well as their colleagues at other Virginia partner schools, the opportunity to further important research concepts – from utilizing student ambassadors to support dementia patients, to privacy controls for smart home devices, to species resilience Read more about 4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded[…]

Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion

While George Mason University produces hundreds of candidates each year in the field of education, academic leaders at Mason recognized the need to work closely with area educational institutions – both public and private – to ensure that those candidates meet and surpass the expectations in today’s educational environment. To do so, armed with a Read more about Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion[…]

Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards

The story of increasing enrollment resulting in new instructors, reductions in teaching space, and revisions in course structure: OR How a critical analysis of a Mason Core course created and confirmed a positive change for students Several dilemmas were facing Mason’s COMM 100 and 101 courses: enrollment topping a record 4,000+ students an ever-changing and Read more about Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards[…]

Moving Virginia Healthcare Forward Through Effective Communication

Just as the nation as a whole is grappling with issues from A to Z in healthcare, concerned scholars studying the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine in Virginia were interested in what role they could play in moving and improving their field within the Commonwealth.  While faculty members and students around the state have previously Read more about Moving Virginia Healthcare Forward Through Effective Communication[…]

4-VA Grant Supports Growing Multilingual Student Population at Mason

While at some institutions a student population of 45 to 50 percent identifying that English is not their primary language at home might be viewed as a challenge — at George Mason University that multilingual and multicultural diversity is celebrated as a resource. Although national data on this subject at the university level is not Read more about 4-VA Grant Supports Growing Multilingual Student Population at Mason[…]

4-VA Funding Advances the ASSIP Success Story

As a former high school science teacher at Chantilly and Thomas Jefferson in Fairfax County, Andrea Cobb, (PhD in biochemistry) saw the difference with her own eyes.  After sending her students off to a summer research experience through Mason’s Aspiring Scientist’s Summer Internship Program (ASSIP), they would return in the fall as changed students.  “They Read more about 4-VA Funding Advances the ASSIP Success Story[…]

NOVA and Mason Summit Encourages Business and Educational Collaboration

Taking another important step forward, the innovative partnership program between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University (Mason) — known as ADVANCE — recently hosted a Summit which brought together regional and national leaders from both the Technology and Health sectors to work with faculty to develop collaborations in support of current students Read more about NOVA and Mason Summit Encourages Business and Educational Collaboration[…]

NVCC and Mason Strengthen Program to Assist Transfer Students

Almost 150 educators from more than 20 different departments at both Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and George Mason University volunteered to spend their day off recently aligning courses and designing curricula to help provide a streamlined transition for NVCC students interested in transferring to Mason for a four-year degree.  The conference was part of Read more about NVCC and Mason Strengthen Program to Assist Transfer Students[…]

4-VA at Mason Grants Highlighted at ITL Conference

The recent 10th Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference at George Mason University featured a wide array of presentations, as faculty shared successful teaching tools and techniques with attendees.  The sharing continued into the poster session — where two Mason professors presented the results of their successful projects developed though 4-VA at Mason grants. Read more about 4-VA at Mason Grants Highlighted at ITL Conference[…]

New Course Promotes a More Sustainable Virginia Food System

Thanks to a seed planted by a 4-VA grant, a unique hands-on course in food sustainability — coordinated by the Director of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at George Mason University, Andrew Wingfield — was piloted this summer at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Va. Collaborating with Wingfield in the creation of the Read more about New Course Promotes a More Sustainable Virginia Food System[…]