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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017


April 1 – 8, 2017

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students.

This year, Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week will be held April 1-8, 2017.

View the calendar of events below! Please contact gradlife@gmu.edu with any questions.

Saturday – Sunday, April 1-2

Overnight Camping Trip at Elizabeth Furnace    
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Join Graduate Student Life and Mason Recreation: Outdoor Adventures for an overnight camping trip at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground in the Shenandoah Valley. Cost is $25/person and pre-registration is required. For more information and registration, visit the Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures webpage.

Monday, April 3

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Happy Hour   
Auld Shebeen (3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030) 
Kick off Appreciation Week with fellow graduate and professional students at happy hour at Auld Shebeen in Downtown Fairfax! Graduate Student Life will provide appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks.


Wednesday, April 5

It’s Sweet to Be a Grad Student  
Johnson Center 240K
Join your fellow graduate students for coffee, desserts, and giveaways in the Women and Gender Studies Center in Johnson Center 240K. All graduate students are welcome! Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and Graduate Student Life.

5:30-7:30 pm
Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week Ice Cream Social at Arlington
Founders Hall Plaza (weather permitting) or Founders Hall Art Gallery
Join fellow students for delicious ice cream sundaes! University Life Arlington will provide the ice cream and toppings, served by VIP scoopers!


Thursday, April 6

SciTech’s Mum Mum Social
Mum Mum Thai Restaurant (SciTech Campus)
University Life SciTech will be hosting a social at Mum Mum Thai Restaurant to celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, April 6, 3:00-5:00pm. Food will be provided!

Friday, April 7

Thriving in Graduate School Workshop: Communicating Your Research  
Fenwick Library, Room 1014B
Looking for ways to communicate your research to a broader audience or colleagues or potential employers? Does your 30-second elevator pitch last 5 minutes? In this workshop, we’ll identify communication strategies and ways to think about your research with a general audience in mind. GMU TV will also share strategies, tools, and tips for presenting yourself on camera to virtual audiences (e.g., recording lectures, presentations and webinars via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). As time allows, we will also practice some of these strategies in small groups. Register for the Communicating Your Research workshop now.

Learn more about the Thriving in Graduate School Workshop Series at our webpage.


Saturday, April 8

8:30am – 5:30pm
Graduate Student Life Write-In Day  
This day-long program will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. Graduate Student Life will provide the space, coffee, meals, and snacks. You need to bring your computer, any other materials you need, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively. Spaces are limited. Registration opens on Tuesday, February 28 and closes on Monday, March 27, 2017 at noon. For more information and registration, visit the Write-In Day webpage.