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Mason Impact

Mason Impacts Students; Students Impact the World

You want to blaze trails, to make your mark. Mason Impact puts you on a path to develop the knowledge, tools, and skills to lead the pack, not follow it. 

The Mason Impact offers a bold and challenging approach to academics, preparing you to tackle global questions and issues. You'll look at your studies with a different perspective. There are four areas of focus:

University Scholar Sameen Yusuf developed a low-cost analyzer that measures oxygen concentration in neonatal incubators. Yusuf wrote the software that reads the output and displays it on an LCD screen.

  • Research and Creative Activities: You aren't content to just hit the books; you want to create new knowledge through research, ingenuity, and imagination.
  • Community Engagement and Civic Learning: You're passionate about working to generate social change, whether in a small community, the nation, or the world. 
  • Entrepreneurship: You see a problem as an opportunity to discover a solution, start a business, or create a prototype.
  • Global Activities: Your vision isn't limited to what you see; you're ready to leap beyond borders, to expand your knowledge, to become a true citizen of the world.

By completing a Mason Impact Project, you will be tackling a global question and may be eligible to receive funding to do so.

We'll treat you like a professional researcher, because with our help, you'll be one. If your research topic qualifies, you might get funding for your project.

And when you graduate, you'll get a special notation on your transcript, telling the world about your accomplishments. 

Are you up to the challenge?

Education with an Impact

Mason Impact (MI) Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand knowledge creation: Students will understand how knowledge is generated and communicated, and how it can be used to address questions or problems in disciplines and in society.
  2. Engage multiple perspectives: Students will be able to identify and negotiate multiple perspectives, work collaboratively within and across multiple social and environmental contexts, and engage ethically with their subject and with others.
  3. Investigate a meaningful question: Students will use inquiry skills to articulate a question; engage in an inquiry process; and situate the concepts, practices, or results within a broader context.
  • Students will be able to ask increasingly complex questions about significant problems, debates, or challenges.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and choose inquiry methods that are appropriate to a project.
  • Students will be able to explain how a project has value to local, civic, professional, scholarly, or global contexts.
Mason Impact + (RS/CECL/ENTR) Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand knowledge creation: Students will understand how knowledge is generated and communicated, and how it can be used to address questions or problems in disciplines and in society.
  2. Engage multiple perspectives: Students will be able to identify and negotiate multiple perspectives, work collaboratively within and across multiple social and environmental contexts, and engage ethically with their subject and with others.
  3. Investigate a meaningful question: Students will use inquiry skills to articulate a question; engage in an inquiry process; and situate the concepts, practices, or results within a broader context.
  4. Complete a project: Students will design and carry out an individual or collaborative project that explores an original question, seeks a creative solution to a problem, applies knowledge to a professional challenge, or offers a unique perspective. Students engage deeply in this original work.
  5. Communicate and share outcomes: Students will communicate knowledge from their project through presentation, publication, or performance to an audience beyond the classroom.

Talk with Us

The Mason Impact team is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education. We are located on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center, room 228. We're adjacent to the Gateway Library.

Contact us via e-mail or call 703-993-3794.

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Undergraduate Education

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MS 1E2

Fairfax, VA 22030