AYGS Mason 4-VA Teacher Professional Development

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The STEM Accelerator Program in the College of Science has recently received a 4-VA Mason grant to provide professional development to teachers across the 19 VA Academic Year Governor’s Schools in methods and strategies to mentor undergraduate-level STEM-based research to students in these specialized schools, by offering a 5-day credit bearing summer institute at Front Royal. This opportunity would allow for increased student access to STEM-based learning, enhanced student research experiences across VA, and provide a foundation for creating innovative opportunities for mentored undergraduate research experiences at the 4-VA universities.

The proposed institute will consist of four residential days at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Center and one day at GMU, Fairfax campus and will be held from June 23, 2014- June 27, 2014. Teachers will have the opportunity to receive graduate credits for the experience. The interdisciplinary themes of the institute for this first time will include biodiversity, conservation biology, mathematical modeling and applications to real-world problems. The participants will also learn about mentoring undergraduate research, and methods for efficiently engaging large numbers of students with community-based (e.g., citizen science) and student-team applications: these research projects will engage multiple students working together to complete the research.

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STEM MANIA CAMPS

A GMU College of Science Summer Camp

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STEM MANIA is a one-week long summer camp for rising 3RD, rising 4TH, and rising 5TH graders.  The camp, designed by the STEM Accelerator Program (GMU), will expose ELEMENTARY school age students to a variety of disciplines in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) including

Biology
Physics
Geology
Chemistry
Geography
Mathematics
Engineering
STEAM, STEM-H
Forensic Science
Design & InnovationThroughout the week, the students will learn how to apply critical thinking methods to fun and creative problem solving activities.

The Leadership and Entrepreneurship component of the camp will give the students an opportunity to meet successful members from leading organizations and/or own their own business.

If you are in need of a financial scholarship (full or partial), please indicate that on your application.  Limited scholarships are available so be sure to submit your application by the scholarship deadline of April 21, 2014.

                        If you are interested in donating funds to the STEM MANIA camp scholarship fund, please visit www.fundly.com/STEMMANIA.

Camp Dates & Location

July 21-25, 2014

George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030

College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium – Students

The College of Science announces a research colloquium specifically for undergraduate research students. Participating students will present a poster at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which is open to the university community. The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to other students and to faculty in four categories Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and STEM Learning & Education. If you are a student engaged in undergraduate research at any level in any academic unit within the College of Science you are encouraged to participate.

Important Details:

Location: Center for the Arts

Date: April 24, 2014

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

The deadline to register to present a poster at the COS Research Colloquium (FREE of Charge) is March 28, 2014View poster details at the bottom of this page.

Poster Template: Download the Powerpoint Template

Agenda:

1:00-3:00pm: Poster Session (Lobby)

3:00-3:30pm: Networking Reception (Lobby)

3:30-4:00pm: Student and Faculty Awards Ceremony (Grand Tier III)

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Registration for the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Please submit the following information to register to present a poster at the 4th Annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium on April 24, 2014.
Name (First, Middle, Last): *
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FOCUS STEM Summer Camp

A GMU College of Science Summer Camp for

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Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM
F.O.C.U.S. is a one-week long summer camp for rising 6th, rising 7th, and rising 8th graders. The camp, designed by the STEM Accelerator Program (GMU),

will expose middle school age females of color to a variety of disciplines in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) including:

Biology
Physics
Geology
Chemistry
Geography
Mathematics
Engineering
STEAM, STEM-H
Forensic Science
Design & Innovation

Throughout the week, the students will learn how to apply critical thinking methods to fun and creative problem solving activities.

The Leadership and Entrepreneurship component of the camp will give the students an opportunity to meet successful women who currently work
for leading organizations and/or own their own business.

If you are in need of a financial scholarship (full or partial), please indicate that on your application. Limited scholarships are available so be sure to
submit your application by the scholarship deadline of April 21, 2014.

If you are interested in donating funds to the F.O.C.U.S. camp scholarship fund, please visit www.fundly.com/FOCUS.

Camp Dates & Location July 21-25, 2014 George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030

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The STEM News

Learn about the STEM Accelerator Program through our 2013 Newsletter.

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Change the World STEM Event

The College of Science and STEM Accelerator Program at George Mason University presented EXTREME SCIENCE STEM booth at the upcoming “Change the World” Science and Engineering Careers Fair (see attached) at Dulles Town Center Mall (Sept 27-28, 2013).

The event is co-sponsored by Congressman Frank Wolf and the National Science Foundation for middle and high school students, teachers and families. “Extreme Science” which is the COS exhibit was showcased in the main hall entrance (lower level), opposite the Cheesecake Factory.

For more details, visit Happenings: Change the World STEM Event

STEM Accelerator Program: Best Places for STEM Graduates

George Mason University’s STEM Accelerator program ranked in the Top Ten Metro Areas for STEM Graduates dedicated to attracting and graduating more STEM majors in addition to helping them find employment in the STEM fields. To read more, go to: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/nerdscholar/2013/best-places-for

Using Collaborative Learning in a classroom

Collaborative learning fosters student learning because it is active, it values the diverse learning preferences that students bring to the classroom, and it acknowledges that learning is a social process that occurs in relationship with others. Effective collaborative learning requires intentionality; it is more than simply asking students to work in groups.

To learn more, go to:

http://ctfe.gmu.edu/teaching/collaborative-learning/

Environmental Studies on the Piedmont

Check out Environmental Studies on the Piedmont.

Undergraduate and graduate students use the field station to carry out small research projects and studies. Throughout the year there are workshops, lectures and fun events open to the public.

Interesting tours of early morning birding, nature in season, swan research, all about bees, and winter waterfowl. For more information call 540-349-3331

Virginia STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

With an increasing demand for skilled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workers in Virginia, the development of efficient pathways between undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees and industry has become an urgent need.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with Virginia’s Regional Technology Councils has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP).

Biology Boot Camp

Mason’s Biology Undergraduate Program has over 1,500 students enrolled, which makes it the largest major in the entire University.  To help bridge the gap between students successfully completing a four-year STEM degree and those who change majors after the first academic year to non-STEM majors, the Biology Boot Camp is a unique program designed through the STEM Accelerator to increase retention of first-time full-time students who have declared biology as their major.  The objective of the Camp is to expose Mason students to the rigors of college since they have recently graduated high school. “The biology boot camp is a great opportunity for students to begin strengthening their weakest areas, be it academic or social.  During the week, students are given many opportunities to become familiar with the fast pace of college life and develop learning communities which are essential for any STEM major,” says Dr. Claudette Davis the principal coordinator of the event. In Summer 2013, twenty-three students attended the boot camp and participated in actual lectures of the first course biology majors take, Cell Structure and Function (Biology 213). The lectures, given by Cell Biology faculty, were based on content covered in Biology 213.  Student took mock exams …

AFCEA DC Awards

AFCEA DC (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association)  DC Chapter
http://www.afceadc.org/

In June 2013, AFCEA DC held their Monthly Luncheon Series with a focus on ’Mobile Apps Security Panel + STEM Scholarship Awards.’

We are happy to announce that one of our Learning Assistants and NOYCE fellow Mr. Micah Mysiuk was recognized at this event. Congrats Micah!

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