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Mason Impact for Students

Mason Impacts Students; Students Impact the World

Use your studies to build the foundation for a future that will enable you to tackle global questions and challenges.

Students who are part of the Mason Impact program are: 

  • Well-rounded scholars: You'll participate in multi-disciplinary and foundational learning in the classroom, through field work, and with research projects. 
  • Engaged citizens: You'll partner with organizations across campus to advocate for others and get involved in the global community.
  • Prepared to act: Transformative learning experiences give you the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Knowledge developers: As part of the Mason Impact, you can conduct your own research project, generating new knowledge in your field.

The program involves study in certified courses and an optional research project, for which you might receive funding.  

Certified courses are available in all colleges and schools, so no matter your major, your studies can make you a part of this project. If you don't want to conduct a research project, you can take any approved course designated as MI only

Research projects can be conducted in any field of study. Courses designated MI + (RS, ENTR, CECL) require you to complete a project. 

Areas of Focus

Research and Creative Activities

Students conduct research to make an intellectual or creative contribution to their fields of study, taking ownership of the project and process. Students will get support from Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), including:

  • Help developing a project.
  • Guidance in finding a mentor.
  • Funding resources.
  • Travel grants

Find out more about undergraduate research opportunities from OSCAR. Another source of undergraduate research financial support is the Patriot Green Fund.

Community Engagement and Civic Learning

Students participate in local, regional/state, national, or global community partnerships in the public or private sector that involve a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, resources, or services.  Goals include:

  • Inspiring engaged citizens.
  • Strengthening civic responsibility.
  • Addressing critical social issues.
  • Contributing to the public good.
  • Expanding awareness of your role and responsibilities in society.
  • Developing knowledge of systems and processes.
  • Identifying issues that need to be addressed.
  • Exploring solutions.

Find out more about civic engagement at Mason through our Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) program.


Students identify a need or an issue, and develop a non-profit or for-profit project that could lead to the the creation of a business startup or a venture with social impact.

Projects, which should derive from academic research and practice, can involve:

  • A business or social-impact plan.
  • Prototypes.
  • White papers.
  • Community reports.
  • Feasibility reports.

Find out more from the Mason Innovation eXchange (The MIX).

Global Activities

Global Activities

Students can take classes and conduct research almost anywhere in the world through Mason's Global Education Office. You can select a course by:

Note: Not every global experience requires a project. If you are looking for a project-based course to recieve Mason Impact transcript designation, please talk to your advisor or contact Find out more about becoming a global citizen and scholar by contacting the Global Education Office.

Mason Impact Projects 

Mason Impact students who choose to do a project conduct in-depth studies to add to the world's knowledge, create something new, or enhance a community.

All projects will:

  • Be led by an individual student or a team of students.
  • Be substantial in breadth, scope, scale, maturity, effort, and time involved.
  • Draw from academic research and scholarly practice.
  • Be presented to a public audience appropriate to the project and discipline.
  • Feature one or more of the following:
    • A research paper.
    • A results poster.
    • A public presentation.
    • A public performance or showing.
    • A large-scale creative work in manuscript form.


Your faculty mentor will:

  • Guide you through the process.
  • Help develop and clarify your concept.
  • Encourage you to embrace all-encompassing perspectives.
  • Help share your knowledge with the world.

Those who choose to conduct research benefit by:

  • Digging deeply into a topic of interest (with possible funding resources).
  • Gaining access to career resources.
  • Getting a transcript notation.

Once your project is complete, you'll submit it to the Office of Undergraduate Education, which will make you eligible to receive a notation on your transcript.  

Students must submit projects by December 17, 2019, to the  student submissions page 

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Education Office.