School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Upcoming Events


CHSS Research-Symposium: Abstract submissions open 3/12, Submission deadline is 3/30

March 12, 2018, 12:00 PM to March 30, 2018, 12:30 PM

Students may apply to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Faculty judges select award winners, and winners receive monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at a reception following the event. All undergraduates with a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to participate.

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LeaderSHAPE Institute Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 23, 2018 12:00 PM to 12:05 PM

To participate in the Mason LeaderShape Institute experience, students are required to participate for the duration of the program from May 21-26, 2018.Mason LeaderShape Institute will take place at the Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, Maryland . Students will be staying overnight at the facility during the week and we will provide meals, transportation, and lodging. More information about Mason LeaderShape Institute can be found on our website at

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Earth 2100 Conference: Future of Soil & Food

Friday, March 23, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Off-Campus Location

Our Task, a local non-profit focused on educating and empowering young adults to become the next generation of global thinkers and leaders, is hosting an upcoming Earth 2100 Conference. They have been holding a conference every other year to provide a forum for young adults to exchange ideas and learn from experts in the field of environmental studies, environmental justice, policy, and other topics as the agenda allows. The conference this year is focused on the intersection of soil and food and the importance of soil to helping us feed a projected 9 billion people by mid-century. Speakers will include Dr. Lewis Ziska (USDA), Jason Rowntree (MSU), and Kelly Hodgins (Feeding9Billion) to name a few.

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Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Tour

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal

Have you visited the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) campus yet? If not, there are 2 student tour dates this semester for you to see the 3,200 acre site in Front Royal, VA and learn about the three different residential semester-long programs in conservation biology. The free tour includes travel to and from Front Royal; a tour of the labs, classrooms and dorm facilities at SMSC; a chance to see part of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) grounds; and a free lunch in the dining hall.

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“What Does Your Country Teach About Its History?” with Professor Jenice View, PhD

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Research Hall, Room 163

All nations have stories that they tell about themselves to celebrate unique aspects of their culture, political and military triumphs, and the people regarded as heroes. To what extent do schools encourage critical thinking about aspects that people may be less proud of, including shameful parts of a nation’s past? How important is fostering a sense of national pride? Where should we draw the line between notions of a “greater good” that come from shielding school children from uncomfortable historical truths, and notions of “truth and reconciliation” that may help a nation heal and grow from greater public honesty and transparency?

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Foreign Service Day - March 12th Application Deadline

Saturday, April 7, 2018 3:26 PM

Plan to attend Foreign Service Day on Sat, April 7th on the Fairfax campus for GMU students interested in the foreign service or diplomatic careers. There is an application process: • Students must login to HireMason (accessible via or to apply. • Look for Job #152293, titled “Foreign Service Day: Exploring Careers in the State Department” Undergraduate students and graduate students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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$1,000 Well-Being Scholarship Deadline

Monday, April 16, 2018 1:18 PM to 1:30 PM

This is a program for personal well-being mentoring, plus a financial scholarship. Applicants should be willing and able to participate in one-on-one mentoring with a faculty or staff person who has expertise about well-being. Mentoring will take place about once every three weeks during Fall semester and then monthly during Spring semester. In addition, scholarship winners receive a financial award of $1,000 – with $500 credited to their account on the first day of class for Fall semester, and another $500 on the first day of classes for Spring semester (contingent upon successful participation in the mentoring for Fall semester).

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Seeds of Change

SAIL Community Engagement Recognition Event

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Hub (SUB II), Ballroom Front and Middle

This event celebrates and recognizes the impactful and incredible work we see in our community. We hope you will join us for light refreshments and the celebration of community engagement here at Mason. We will be awarding graduating seniors the Community Engagement Medallion and recognizing several unique and wonderful partnerships of community partners, faculty and students.

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