Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

 March 27 – April 4, 2020

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2020, March 27 – April 4! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students.

Although we have had to make changes to our plans for this week due to current events, we are excited to offer several opportunities to connect and engage with fellow Mason graduate and professional students online!

Thank you to our partners, including the Office of Graduate Education,  Mason Recreation: Outdoor Adventures, University Career Services, Mason Libraries, and many more, for collaborating with us for our programming and events.

Friday, March 27

2020 Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference CANCELED

8:30am-6:00pm in Merten Hall (Fairfax Campus)
GAPSA invites graduate students to participate in the 2020 Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Merten Hall at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. This one-day event will showcase graduate student research, scholarly, and creative works across disciplines through posters, presentations, and Mason’s fourth annual 3MT® competition. Visit the Conference website for more information.

Saturday, March 28

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Great Falls Rock Climbing CANCELED

7:30am-4:00pm, Meet at Skyline Fitness Center
Come out to Great Falls with us and learn a new outdoor skill! We will teach you the basics of rock climbing from how to put on a harness and tie in, to how to belay and the basics of climbing movement. Whether you’re an old pro or a total beginner, come join our experienced instructors for a day of climbing along the Potomac.


Register for the event here. Registration will close on March 14 at noon.

Advanced registration is required to attend this event. 

Monday, March 30

Graduate Assistant Appreciation Breakfast CANCELED

9:30-11:00am in Student Union Building I, Third Floor, Room 3B
To show our appreciation for our graduate assistants – Graduate Professional Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Teaching Assistants – Graduate Student Life invites you to attend a breakfast to thank you for your contributions.

Tuesday, March 31

Graduate Student Career Workshop: Get What You’re Worth: Negotiating Job Offers, Salaries, and Raises

3:00-4:15pm, Online Webinar
Congratulations – you’ve landed your dream job! But what do you do once you receive the offer? How do you negotiate a salary and non-monetary benefits that reflect your value without making yourself too expensive as a candidate? Or if you already have a job where you have proven your value, how do you negotiate for a raise? Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services at this Graduate Student Career Development workshop to learn strategies and tips to be an informed and effective advocate for yourself to get the compensation you are worth.

Register for this webinar now.

Wednesday, April 1

Spring Building Community Event: Perseverance and Success: A First Generation Student Perspective

12:00-1:30pm, Online Panel Discussion
Graduate Student Life’s Building Community for Diverse Graduate Students events focus on fostering relationships among Mason graduate and professional students of diverse identities while providing a platform for them to express ways to improve and strengthen the graduate community at Mason. Join us for our spring event, a panel discussion featuring the experiences and insights of first-generation graduate students and faculty at Mason. Hear their stories of success and resilience as they make their way through higher education.

More information for accessing the online event will be given to registered participants prior to the event date. All Mason community members — graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, and staff — are invited to this event. We hope you will join us!

Please register for the event here.

Panelists include:

Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development
Nadia Miningou, Doctoral Student in Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Science
Dr. Toya Jones Frank, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education Leadership and Secondary Education
Dr. Erin Peters-Burton, Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education (Pronouns: she/her/hers)
Moderator: Sydney S. Glass, Master’s Student in Public Health, College of Health and Human Services


Saturday, April 4

Graduate Student Life Spring Virtual Write-In Day

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper?Graduate Student Life’s Virtual Write-In Day will give you group accountability and structure to write with fellow Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done, while maintaining social distance. Graduate Student Life will facilitate a morning gathering, lunchtime discussion, and end-of-day closing via WebEx and will help graduate students connect in smaller groups using Slack. All you need to do is block off the day to minimize distractions (to the extent you can from home!), set up your writing space for the day, set achievable goals, and commit to working diligently and productively.

Registration is required and will close on Wednesday, April 1 at noon. Spaces are limited! Registered participants will receive additional information about how to access the virtual spaces for the Write-In. For more information and online registration, visit the Grad Life Write-In Day page.