Our research mission is to produce science that enhances society, creates clear career pathways for Mason students and enhances economic development in the region and the nation.
COS is affiliated with multiple research centers, labs, programs, groups, departments, and several institutes, providing many areas for student research opportunities. Labs and programs function as focal points for smaller research enterprises. Information about departmental research can be found on department web pages.
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Associate Dean for Research
College of Science
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- Medical proteomics, biomedical research and personalized medicine
- Climate science, atmospheric processes and earth observation
- Conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and aquatic ecology
- Simulation, modeling and data sciences
- Geospatial intelligence and geoinformation science
- Astrophysics and planetary science
Student Research Opportunities
As a student in the College of Science you will be positioned to benefit from internships, cooperative work experience, and other personalized training options that will enhance your education and potential. Our research centers, science labs, and location to the nation’s capital allow our students to explore more with internships and careers right outside our doors.
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at George Mason pairs high achieving undergraduate students with faculty mentors to undertake original research or creative projects. It provides each scholar with a stipend for the semester or summer to enable them to participate in a research project and funds to the faculty mentor to cover materials, such as posters, lab supplies, and equipment.
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Mason’s Aspiring Scientists Program (ASSIP) provides high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates interested in exploring science and medicine the opportunity to work alongside the university’s faculty researchers. Participants spend eight 40-hour weeks at Mason’s Science and Technology and Fairfax campuses working on real-world science projects related to global challenges such as cancer, HIV, biodefense and climate change.
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Research centers are chartered organizations in the university. They are foci for larger groups of scientists and support staff organized around particular research areas.
The Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine’s mission is to: a) create new technologies and make basic science discoveries in the field of disease pathogenesis b) apply these discoveries and technologies to create and implement strategies for disease prevention, early diagnosis and individualized therapy. The primary emphasis of our disease research is cancer, but new technologies developed in the center are being applied to a number of important human diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as liver, ocular, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases.
CAPMM scientists identify and decode the cryptic messages hidden deep inside the human proteome that are critical links to early disease detection and patient-tailored treatment. With clinical investigators from health care organizations and industry partners, the researchers are working to bring this novel laboratory research to the clinical level—the patient’s bedside. The “bench-to-bedside” approach accelerates new tools and technologies into improved, early disease diagnosis, individually tailored therapies, and personalized disease management for patients.
The National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID) was founded in 2001 to address the challenges to national and international security posed by biological terrorism. The scope of the center has evolved to include the study of infectious diseases that are emerging from populations around the world and are attributable, in part, to today’s internationally mobile society.
Scientists at the Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Technologies (CCWST) are working to develop methods for measuring, characterizing, and mitigating water contaminants. By applying scientific and technological processes to various problems in the global water crisis, CCWST is finding sustainable solutions for providing clean water for people around the world.
The Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning & Educational Technology in Virginia is a mathematics partnership between Faculty from George Mason University and school divisions in Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Falls Church City, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas City and Prince William County). Using a blended approach with high quality onsite professional development (through summer institutes and follow up seminars and content-focused coaching through Lesson Study) and George Mason University Math e-learning Network (content-focused webinars, and video clips align with the 2009 SOL standards), the center will provide sustained, intensive, and high-quality professional development for math teachers, special educators, and teachers of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students that will address needs identified in the school/district professional development plan.
Computational Statistics embraces the areas of specialization within statistics that involve analysis of very large datasets, stochastic modeling, statistical visualization, and other computationally-intensive methods of statistics. Computational statistics is built on the mathematical theory and methods of statistics, but the emphasis in computational statistics is often on exploratory methods.
CFD is the systematic application of computing systems and computational solution techniques to mathematical models formulated to describe and simulate fluid dynamic phenomena.
CFD is part of computational mechanics, which in turn is part of simulation techniques. Simulation is used by engineers and physicists to forecast or reconstruct the behavior of an engineering product or physical situation under assumed or measured boundary conditions (geometry, initial states, loads, etc.)
CMaSC’s emphasis is the development of the next generation of atomistic and quantum mechanical modeling tools for material simulation.
Researchers in the Computational Materials Science Center (CMaSC) focus on the discovery, interpretation, simulation, and organization of the microscopic interactions between atoms and molecules in condensed phases of materials including biomaterials. The Center also houses the Mason Nanotechnology Initiative, which is developing new academic programs relating to technologies that affect the future of health care (especially drug delivery and in vivo imaging), quantum science, and biotechnology.
The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR) at George Mason University provides a focus for cutting-edge research related to satellite platforms, including data acquisition and processing, as well as information extraction and analysis, for a variety of application domains such as natural hazards and disaster management, hurricane tracking, and geospatial intelligence. CEOSR, the largest research center at George Mason, with more than 60 affiliated scientists, is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Science (COS), and has strong ties with several government agencies including NASA, NRL and others. It supports the mission of science at GMU, as a working group on Space, Earth Systems, and Geoinformation Sciences, including Earth Observing, Geospatial Information Systems, and Space Weather. In addition to fundamental science, CEOSR also provides needed infrastructure to support research projects falling within its focus areas.
The Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP) at George Mason University advances an energy-based agenda focused on academic and executive education programs and meaningful research. CESP was established jointly between the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA) and the College of Science (COS), and has the leadership to make the Center a core institution for scholarship, education, and training on energy science and policy. Its focus on global, national and local (especially the Commonwealth of Virginia) dimensions of the energy issue, including perspectives on sustainability, will enable George Mason to engage the scientific community, the private sector, the public sector, policymakers, and, of course, students.
We believe that the thoughtful analysis and integration of science and policy will be essential to solutions that meet local, state, federal and international needs – whether in minimizing water demands, enhancing efficiency, exploring technological and energy policy alternatives or addressing climate change issues.
The Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC) is a joint interdisciplinary center (with China) focusing on global environmental and climate monitoring, global carbon measuring, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration, and Earth observations.
ESTC brings together researchers from various cultural backgrounds and gives them high-level approaches, international vision, and in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and climate research. The Center’s faculty teaches the skills, tools, and methodologies to support a global approach for solving complex problems. ESTC has been supporting the international activities of Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) which is one of commissions of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), such as World AgroMeteorological Information Service (WAMIS) system.
The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GISCE) within the Geography Department at George Mason University is directed at addressing theoretical issues of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and practical applications of innovative GIS technology. GISCE is serving faculty, staff, students, and a broad community of GIS users on the GMU campuses and in Northern Virginia by providing education and training, research and development, and advising and consulting services.
Central goals of GISCE include promoting GIS as a new interdisciplinary science as well as a technological scientific tool; building a strong, unique, nationally-recognized geospatial educational curriculum at all levels; creating a unique multi-level warehouse of spatial data for George Mason’s departments/colleges/centers, Northern Virginia, and the DC area; developing GIS data and software standards, and providing a hands-on experience in GIS digital technology to Mason’s students.
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) refers to the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information on the position and complementary attributes of physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, events and activities. Thus, it covers a wide range of diverse applications, ranging from environmental monitoring and emergency response to intelligent vehicle navigation and surveillance for homeland security.
The Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT) at George Mason university is conducting, supporting and coordinating research, teaching. technology transfer and outreach activities in geospatial intelligence. With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, CGEOINT is uniquely positioned, both academically and geographically, to become an Academic leader in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Intelligence.
The joint Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing (CISC) was established on March 1, 2006. CISC is under the direction of Dr. Phil Yang (Director) and Dr. David Wong (Chief Scientist). CISC is established on our research on intelligent spatial computing and collaborations with our domestic and international agencies/partners, including NASA, NSF, CUE, NPS, EPA, FGDC, Peking University, Wuhan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and HeiLongJiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Targeted to be an international innovator and leader, CISC’s research is focused on geospatial information interoperability, high performance geospatial information processing, geospatial pattern analysis, and spatial GEOSS applications.
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The MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC), is attempting to scout this unchartered territory and map the world that these bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa inhabit within us. Their effect on human health will be a major focus of research at the center where investigators will explore microbial imbalances on or within the gut, mouth, respiratory tract and urinary and reproductive systems.
COLA is dedicated to understanding climate fluctuations on seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, with special emphasis on the interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.
Researchers at the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) are using the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes of the Potomac River.
Founded in 2008, CQS supports research into the behavior and interactions of energy and matter at the atomic and subatomic levels. Inspired by innovative discoveries such as Bose-Einstein condensation, graphene, and iron-based superconductors, the Center is expanding its research program and hiring new faculty. Recent advances in the areas of quantum computing, nanoscience, superconductivity, and electromagnetism are among the research topics that CQS plans to expand.
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) conducts research and provides training to postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and master’s students in Geospatial information science, remote sensing, satellite image analysis, geospatial data processing, Earth system science, geospatial interoperability and standards, geographic information systems, and other related subjects.
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The George Mason University Center for the Study of Genomics in Liver Diseases uses the advances in microarray technology and the human genome map to determine the genomic basis of diseases of the liver.
The Center’s partnership with Inova Health System’s Center for Liver Diseases–located in the Fairfax Hospital–allows biomedical researchers to investigate the genomic differences between healthy and diseased liver cells. Research for the Center for the Study of Genomics in Liver Diseases is conducted in the Microarray Facility located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus in Manassas, Virginia. The facility is housed in the Prince William Phase II building and is centered in state-of-the-art research laboratories equipped with DNA sequencers, microarray printers, real-time PCR and fluorescent microarray scanners.