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Mason Impact

Mason Impact builds on our institutional strengths and our location outside the nation’s capital to offer our real-life experiences in solving real-world problems.

Students present research at annual celebration of student scholarship

Students present research at The Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. Multidisciplinary projects that attack serious problems are the keystone of Mason's unique undergraduate approach.

Prepared to Act

Today's college graduates face an employment market remarkably different than their predecessors. Critical thinking, flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness are essential to success in the world outside of academia. The 2016 Strategic Plan responds to these needs by setting a goal for 75 percent or more of undergraduate students to pursue projects that deploy these soft skills in real-world challenges.

Projects are intended to solve high-impact problems with large-scale consequences such as sustainability, urban resilience, public health, etc. Funding for these projects is available through Curriculum Impact Grants – evaluated within George Mason University, and proposed by Mason faculty and students.

Existing Programs that Incorporate Features of Mason Impact:
Engaged Citizen
Well-Rounded Scholar
Prepared to Act

Beginning with the first Curriculum Impact Grants awarded in Fall 2017, Mason will continuously add to the docket of programs, building out a full generation of innovative curricular ideas that will enhance cross-unit, multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate curriculum development activities.