In celebration of our hardworking company of 90+ Learning Assistants, the Accelerator department held a poster session which details various methods into improving STEM education for the students of George Mason University! With about 60 posters, each LA group showcased techniques designed to inspire techniques to both fellow peers and professors alike.
On April 25th, 2019, the College of Science hosted the 9th annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium organized by the STEM Accelerator and Dr. Rebecca Jones as its head coordinator. Of the 35 impressive presentation entries, 7 took home prestigious prizes and we would like to congratulate the following!
Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award
“Targeting the ESKAPE pathogens: Kinetic characterization and inhibition of Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose 5-Phosphate Reductoisomerase” – Mosufa Zainab, Haley Ball, Misgina Girma, Nora Riley, Cynthia Dowd, Schroeder Noble, Robin Couch
Students’ Choice Award
“Active listening Firearm Detection” – Ephraim Ayeni, Daniel Sovine, Kumnit Nong
Best Life Science
“Effect of Rose Bengal on NMDA Receptor Activity” – Karen Therrien, Nathalia Peixoto
Best Physical Science
“Expanding Linear Discriminant Analysis to Continuous Output” – Josh Westhoven and Tyrus Berry
“Testing novel antimicrobial peptides against Francisella strains” – Katherine Polk, Christopher Hitt, Monique van Hoek
“Development and study of isothermal microcalorimeters” – Angelica Frederick and Dr. Abul Hussam
“Testing twitching motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (known) and Burkholderia thailandensis (unknown)” – Jessica Portillo, Brittany Heath, Monique van Hoek
This year, we also had a Mentor of Excellence Award which went to Dr. Joris van der Ham.
Again, congratulations to all our poster presenters! Please see the images below for the rest of the gallery from the event.
The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is pleased to call for applications to the 2019 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) and affiliated programs.
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.
Programs now accepting applications include:
The application deadline for these programs is Thursday, November 1st.
For more information, go to https://smithsonianofi.com or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7058.
On April 26th, 2018, the George Mason University Center for the Arts played host to emerging scientists who showcased their research projects to faculty, judges, and fellow students. The lobby was a bustle of activity with over 40 posters displayed corresponding to a wide array of topics that encompassed subjects of geological, life, and physical science as well as STEM education.
The winners of this year’s were:
- Undergraduate Research Dean’s Award: Acetaminophen and the Extracellular Matrix in idiopathic Pumonary Fibrosis (Luc Tran, Sarah Bui, Luis Rodriguez, SD Nathan, Geraldine Grant)
- Best Earth Sciences Project: The Evolution of Respiratory Systems in Theropoda and Paracrocodylomorpha and the end-Triassic Extinction 200 Million Years Ago (Michael Naylor Hudgins, Mark D. Uhen, Linda A. Hinnov)
- Best Life Sciences Project: A Survey of Gut Pathogens Across Queens of Eastern US Bumblebee Species (Mitra Kashani, Rebecca E. Forkner, Haw Chuan Lim, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Celia Vuocolo, Patrick M. Gillevet)
- Best Physical Sciences Project: Arithmetic Orbits on Finite Field Points of Character Varieties (Marvin Castellon, Seth Lee, Cigole Thomas)
- Best STEM Education Project: Nanolive’s 3D Cell Explorer Applications for the College of Science at George Mason University; Opportunities and Teacher Education, Undergraduate Laboratories, and Forensic Science Investigation (Elizabeth R. Nolan, Kimberly Rule, Elisabeth Martinez, Katie Olsen, Valeriya Pak, Selen Oztunaoglu, J. Reid Schwebach)
- Honorable Mentions:
- Prognostic Noninvasive Diagnostic Biomarker Investigation of Peripheral Blood in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (R. Beushel, L. Rodriguez, N. Diawara, S.D. Nathan, G. Grant)
- Analysis of Clozapine Effects on Early Development Using Zebrafish Model (Luis Francia, Viljay Iyer, Laura Saleh)
- Search for Trace Gases in Martian Atmosphere with Observations from MAVEN (Mario Autore, Erdal Yigit)
- Investigation of Chemical Metasomatism of a Blue Ridge Charnokite (Rebecca Schmidt, Julia Nord)
- Insights to Support Rural Virginia Students Starting College as STEM Majors (Robin Gordon, Maiah Wright J. Reid Schwebach, Rebecca M. Jones, Mary Emenike, Rachel Cleaver)
- Students’ Choice Award: HIV Hack – Creating an Educational Game Regarding the Complexities of the HIV Life Cycle (Elizabeth Ankrah, Danielle Wallace, Moonisha Rahman, Katie Olson, An. T. Hoang, Robert O. Dieterich, J. Reid Schwebach)
Congratulation to our winners as well as all who shared and presented their projects!
The Maryland Sea Grant is supporting 15 undergraduate students for the Summer of 2018 to conduct marine biology research at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Horn Point Laboratory. The 12 week program will involve looking into a wide array of topics that deal with Chesapeake Bay ranging from climate change to contaminants, molecular biology and genetics, and environmental chemistry. Each fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend as well as paid housing costs and round trip travel expenses.
For more information, please click this link!
On December 11th, 2017, Exploratory Hall’s atrium hosted the annual STEM Accelerator Learning Assistant poster session showcasing the work of LA’s and how their research seeks to improve the education standards for STEM courses. A wide array of topics were shown ranging from gender preference of LA’s, to different problem solving methods, number of PowerPoint lecture slide views versus grade perception, and how casual conversations with parents and peers about math improves performance. Please check out the gallery below!
The STEM Accelerator invites you to the…
LEARNING ASSISTANT POSTER SESSION!
When: Monday, December 11, 2017 (reading day), 1-3 pm
Where: Exploratory Hall atrium
Food will be provided.
Please join us in celebrating the work of our Learning Assistants (LAs), who are working in over 40 courses across the College of Science to facilitate student learning. On Monday, December 11, the first-time LAs will be presenting posters reflecting on their teaching experiences and their students’ learning. Find out how their experiences–working with students, faculty, and participating in the LA seminar–have affected them as teachers and learners. The LAs are eager to share what they’ve learned with you–because you share their commitment to improving STEM teaching and learning at Mason and beyond. Please come and engage in substantive conversations with the Learning Assistants around their posters!
Please contact Prof. Ben Dreyfus (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, and pass this message along to anyone who you think might be interested in attending.
Hope to see you there!
With how intertwined science and politics are and the way it shapes the direction of everything ranging from technology, resource gathering, arms, and commerce, our acting director of the STEM Accelerator, Dr. Jessica Rosenberg, recently announced she would be teaching a course on the very subject. PHYS390/590 – “Science in the Political Realm” will highlight how lawmakers’ policies affects science and vice versa.
Who should take the course
- Any science student with an interest in learning more about science policy
About the course:
- Learn how science influences policy on topics from climate change to healthcare, nuclear weapons proliferation to science education.
- Learn how policy and regulation influences science and innovation.
- Have discussions with scientists and policymakers working on science policy issues.
- Select a policy area to research in detail and prepare policy papers.
- Visit with lawmakers to discuss your policy issue of interest.
The course is open for registration for the Spring 2018 semester.
In support of undergraduate and underrepresented minority females interested in pursuing careers in health informatics and STEM fields, the women of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)’s committee have announced a scholarship to encourage attendance of their annual AMIA symposium November 5th in Washington, D.C. The event will showcase research and practice in the five domains in informatics: Translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. Below is further description regarding the “First Look” program from Wendy Chapman, PhD and Tiffani Bright, PhD.
On behalf of the Women in American Medical Informatics (AMIA) Committee, we are giving scholarship awards to undergraduate women and underrepresented minority women with an interest in informatics and/or science, technology, math, engineering (STEM) to attend the 2017 AMIA Symposium “First Look” program on November 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. We are seeking women who have entered their sophomore year as of September 1, 2017.
AMIA is a multi-disciplinary and interprofessional organization representing over 5,400 experts. We are a community committed to a vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. That’s why AMIA is the professional home for the informaticians of today and driver for the future of informatics. Through education, training, accreditation, certification and advocacy, AMIA supports the current and next generation of informatics professionals.
The 2017 AMIA Symposium begins on Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 am EST and concludes on Wednesday, November 8th at 1:30 pm EST. Mandatory participation is required for November 5th from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Our objectives for students participating in the AMIA First Look program are to:
- provide underrepresented undergraduate students with an interest in informatics and/or STEM an opportunity to learn about the field of informatics by attending key symposium events on November 5th;
- introduce and engage students in the Women in AMIA community by interacting with women in informatics through assigned mentored guides and both formal and informal networking receptions; and
- equip students with resources for internship and post-graduate career “next-steps” in informatics by networking and making connections with industry and educational professionals in the exhibit hall.
Additional benefits for students participating in the AMIA First Look program include:
- Free full-conference registration ($450). Students are welcome to attend all of the conference days;
- Meal and travel allowance of $50 for November 5th (the mandatory participation day);
- Networking with the program sponsor on November 5th (the mandatory participation day); and
- Opportunity to join the online AMIA undergraduate community to stay informed and connected.
For those who are interested in receiving a scholarship for this Symposium, please fill out the following form by October 6th, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/173moSHLpHnUTVPA3. Selected recipients of the award will be announced October 9th, 2017.