Mason Impact for Faculty
Mason Impacts Students; Students Impact the World
Influence lives. Provide guidance. Be a role model. By participating in the Mason Impact program, you can help students see a multitude of possibilities, and inspire them to believe they can change the world.
Your willingness to be generous with your time, to share your knowledge, and to inspire a passion for lifelong learning among our students are some of the reasons we're proud of our faculty at Mason.
Mason faculty have multiple opportunities to be a part of the Mason Impact program:
- Teach Mason Impact (MI) courses.
- Mentor students who are interested in tackling global problems.
- Design innovative multidisciplinary curriculum.
Mason Impact Grants for Faculty
These grants support educational innovation that enhances the Mason Impact program. The grants support the development of cross-unit, multidisciplinary curricula while also helping faculty revise existing curricula.
Curriculum Impact Grants:
- Scaffold undergraduate and/or graduate learning from intellectual discovery to the development of specific knowledge and skills, and culminate in a high impact experience.
- Engage faculty and staff from multiple units, departments, and divisions in sustainable multidisciplinary collaboration.
- Pilot models of multidisciplinary collaboration that are scalable and have the potential to become new minors, concentrations, or majors.
OSCAR and the Office of Undergraduate Education offers grants for the creation of Summer Team Impact Projects.
Summer team projects are be based around a central theme, question, or problem.
Through these grants we have funded 17 projects that have included over 30 faculty and staff and over 140 students.
Faculty propose a topic and structure that is multidisciplinary in nature in the fall. Accepted projects recruit undergraduate participants in the spring.
These projects are led by at least two faculty members with support from additional faculty members and doctoral students. The faculty team, with support from OSCAR, then hires six to 10 undergraduate students to actively engage with the project.
Faculty use the first week to give the students an academic orientation to the program and the second to help the students develop individual or team components to the larger project.
Students, with faculty mentorship, work on the project for the remaining weeks of the summer, then present results at the Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship.
Funding support includes:
- Up to $9,000 for faculty and staff (maximum of $3,000 per person)
- Up to 2 graduate students at $6000 each
- $4,000 each for participating undergraduate students (six to 10 per grant)
- Up to $4,000 in supplies.
In addition, where possible, we pursue outside funding and/or collaboration opportunities with community organizations and businesses to generate additional project support.
Submit your proposal by December 2, 2019 to be considered for a 2019-2020 Summer Team Impact Grant
If you are teaching a Mason Impact, a Research and Scholarship (RS), a Civic Engagement (CECL), or an Entrepreneurship (ENTR) course, you are eligible for a MICRO grant. These grants are for materials, supplies, class trips or other expenses that you need to teach your Mason Impact course. Faculty are eligible for this grant once an academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throught the semester. To apply for this grant, follow this link https://webportalapp.com/sp/login_saml/microgrant
Mason students research bird behavior at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia. Students at the facility often work with and are mentored by Smithsonian scientists.
Five Mason bioengineering students created a customized prosthetic arm to enable Isabella Nicola to play the violin. Isabella was born without a left hand and with only partial bone from her left elbow to her wrist.
Civil engineering senior Tyler Miesse works with Celso Ferreira, assistant professor, on a project studying how vegetation in coastal marshes can protect communities from waves and flooding.
Senior Kara Wright talks about a summer research project during the OSCAR Summer Celebration in the MIX at Fenwick on Mason's Fairfax Campus. The event included 70 poster presentations by 113 students.
Mason Impact Courses
Mason Impact Courses provide the skills for the students to tackle global questions and challenges.
If your course has a project it might qualify as a Mason Impact Plus (MI +) course. These courses meet all of the Mason Impact (MI) course criteria plus the criteria for one of the following research areas: research and creative activities (RS), Entrepreneurship (ENTR), and Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL).
Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty and Curricular Activities Committee which meets three times each semester.
February 21, 2020
March 02, 2020
JC Room F
March 23, 2020
March 31, 2020
JC Room F
May 29, 2020
June 08, 2020
Merten Hall 1203
Add Your Course to the Mason Impact
Mason Impact Courses provide the skills for the students to tackle global questions and challenges.
To be considered as a Mason Impact Course, you will need to submit the following information:
1. Mason Impact Logo
2. Description of how your course connects with the Mason Impact.
3. Mason Impact learning outcomes. Feel free to use our language or write your own. Please make the pertinent objectives bold for ease of review.
Courses that are Mason Impact + are courses that meet the criteria of MI courses with additional criteria of the appropriate focus area. The focus area can be either Civic Engagement (CECL), Research and Scholarship (RS) or Entrepreneurship (ENTR). All courses must contain an embedded student project. These projects can be team or individual projects and must be communicated or shared in a manner consistent with the student’s discipline.
Students can submit their completed projects to receive a special transcript designation displaying the title of their project.
To be considered as a Mason Impact + Course, first select your chosen area, then submit the information listed below:
Mason Impact + Research and Scholarship (RS) Course
Mason Impact + Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECL) Course
Mason Impact + Entrepreneurship (ENTR) Course
- Mason Impact Logo
- Description of how your course connects with the Mason Impact.
- Mason Impact learning outcomes. Feel free to use our language or write your own. Please make the pertinent objectives bold for ease of review.
2. Narrative (Please submit a pdf file, with no more than 4 pages, that responds to the following questions):
- What is the rationale for designating this course as Mason Impact + in your desired focus area?
- Explain how this course meets the course criteria?
- How does your course fit into the educational career of an average student enrolled in the course?
- How will student work meet the project criteria?
- How does student learning progress through the course to aid students in the development of the skills needed to complete their project?
3. Project Assignment
4. Map portions of the student project to Mason Impact student learning outcomes
5. Letter of support from chair or dean (additional letters of support can also be included)
Mason Impact + Co-Curricular Programs meet the learning outcomes of Mason Impact. The focus area can be either Civic Engagement (CECL), Research and Scholarship (RS) or Entrepreneurship (ENTR) and contain an embedded student project. These projects can be completed by individuals or teams of students and must be communicated or shared outdside of the program in a manner consistent with the student’s discipline.
Students who submit their completed projects will receive a special transcript designation displaying the title of their project.
To be considered as a Mason Impact + Co-Curricular Program please submit the following:
1. Narrative (Please submit a pdf file, with no more than 4 pages, that responds to the following questions):
- What is the rationale for designating this program as Mason Impact + in your desired focus area?
- Explain how this program meets the course criteria?
- How does your course fit into the educational career of an average student participating in your co-curricular program?
- How does the project the students will complete match the focus area criteria ?
- How does student learning progress through the program to aid students in the development of the skills needed to complete their project?
2. Project description (as it is given to the students).
3. Map portions of the student project to Mason Impact student learning outcomes.
4. Letter of support from chair, dean, or division director (additional letters of support can also be included)
Mason Impact Focus Areas
A Community Engaged or Civic Learning (CECL) experience provides opportunities for students to engage in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, resources, or service in a context of partnership and reciprocity with the community (local, regional/state, national, global) for the purpose of community engagement.
A CECL Experience will leverage the knowledge and resources of the Mason community with those of the public and private sectors to prepare engaged citizens; strengthen civic responsibility and the community-engaged learner; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
Projects in an MI+CECL are in association with social agencies, service or civic organizations, public policy initiatives, or faith communities on behalf of long-term social change or helping to solve immediate problems and alleviate present suffering.
A research or creative activities (RS) experience provides the opportunity for students to engage in the process of generating and sharing undergraduate research and creative inquiry.
Students engaged in these types of activities make a genuine intellectual or creative contribution to their field and take ownership of their project and process regardless of field of study.
RS Projects may include: a research paper, a research poster, a public presentation, a public performance or showing, or a large-scale creative work in manuscript form. All projects must be presented in a public forum appropriate to the research area or the creative field.
An entrepreneurship (ENTR) experience provides the opportunity for students to engage in the process of identifying and solving problems to create stakeholder value. Entrepreneurship can result in commercial activities (non-profit or for profit) and draw from academic research and practice.
Entrepreneurship projects may include launching a business or social impact venture, and can come in the form of a project plan, social impact plan, prototypes, white paper, community report, feasibility report, change plan, etc. In addition, as an important part of the ENTR experience, all projects must be presented in a forum appropriate to the project and the discipline.