Grad Student Welcome Days

Fall 2017 Events

Community Info Day

Monday, Aug. 28, 11:00am-2:00pm
Bull Run Atrium
SciTech Campus
Meet a variety of members and businesses from the Prince William community. This is your opportunity to connect with the area in which you live.

Welcome Week Tabling

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 4:00-7:00pm
Founders Hall Lobby
Arlington Campus
Visit us in the Founders Hall Lobby and discover all that UL Arlington offers.

Get a Clue Info Fair

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 10:00am-2:00pm
Bull Run Atrium
SciTech Campus
Come visit and learn about a variety of campus resources available to students throughout their academic career at SciTech campus.

Field Day

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 11:30am-2:00pm
SciTech Campus
Been indoors for lectures or lab work all day? Get outside and join UL SciTech for food and outdoor events.

Welcome Week Tabling

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4:00-7:00pm
Founders Hall Lobby
Arlington Campus
Visit us in the Founders Hall Lobby and discover all that UL Arlington offers.

Mercer Library Breakfast

Thursday, Aug. 31, 8:30-10:00am
Occoquan 104
SciTech Campus
Stop by Mercer Library to meet the library staff and have the opportunity to learn about resources to help you study throughout the year. Food will be provided by University Life.

Graduate Student Social at Mum Mum’s

Thursday, Aug. 31, 4:00-6:00pm
Mum Mum’s (Beacon Hall Complex)
SciTech Campus
Come meet fellow graduate students! Food will be provided by Residence Life.

Arlington Campus Welcome Fair

Thursday, Aug. 31, 5:15-7:30pm
Founders Hall Multipurpose Room (125 and 126)
Arlington Campus
Connect with fellow Arlington Campus students as you enjoy free food from area restaurants at our annual campus Welcome Fair. Gather information and collect fun giveaways from Mason offices, student organizations, community groups and area businesses. Discover all that George Mason University and the Arlington Campus have to offer!

Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30-7:00pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
Arlington Campus
Find out about this premier program for leadership development in federal civil service (sponsored by SPGIA). 

Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome

Friday, Sept. 8, 3:30-7:30pm
Mini-Workshops: 3:30-5:00pm in Johnson Center 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
Picnic: 5:30-7:30pm at The Hub (Lawn, Patio, and Indoor Spaces)
Fairfax Campus
All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Join fellow Mason grad students for FREE Halal/Kosher food (with vegetarian options), mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, connections with campus resources, and giveaways, including t-shirts! Families are welcome!

Mini-workshops for graduate student success will be held 3:30-5:00pm in the Johnson Center meeting rooms on the third floor.

The picnic will be held 5:30-7:30pm at The Hub, including the Lawn, Patio and indoor spaces.

Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, Student Involvement, the Office of the Provost, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you. For more information, check out Gradstravaganza!

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Graduate School Reading Strategies

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3:00-4:15pm
SUB I, Room 3129C
Fairfax Campus
In the first workshop of this year’s series, Graduate School Reading Strategies, learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way. Register at here.

UL Arlington Open House Lounge

Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12-13, 3:30-6:00pm
Founders Hall, 222
Arlington Campus
Drop by the UL offices in Arlington! Meet the staff, grab some coffee and see our resources. We’d love to see you!

Fenwick Open House for Graduate Students

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4:00-7:00pm
Fenwick Library, Room 2001 and Second Floor
Fairfax Campus
Mason graduate students are cordially invited to the Fenwick Library Open House! Meet research librarians, area experts and fellow grad students and learn how we can help you succeed at Mason. Join us for refreshments and enter the Open House Drawing – you could win a reserved Graduate Study Carrel in Fenwick for Fall 2017! See you there!

Community Garden Day

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9:00-10:00am
Community Garden (next to Beacon Hall)
SciTech Campus
Learn gardening skills and reserve a plot to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables.

Science & Technology Campus 20th Anniversary

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Colgan Hall
SciTech Campus
Celebrate SciTech’s 20th anniversary! Graduate students can join UL SciTech for food, games and learn about the history of the Science and Technology campus.

Building Community: A Networking Event for Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff of Color

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30-5:00pm
Patriots Lounge, SUB I
Fairfax Campus
Graduate Student Life, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, African and African American Studies, Graduate and Professional Student Association, and the Office of the Provost invite graduate students, faculty, and staff of color and other interested Mason community members to this networking event to foster inclusion and graduate student success on campus. For more information, visit Building Community.


Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Friday, Sept. 22, 8:00am-6:00pm
Johnson Center
Fairfax Campus
The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites graduate student instructors, faculty, and staff to the 2017 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference addressing the theme, “Learning in a Digital World.” Find out more and register by Sept. 18. Graduate students may apply for a limited number of free admission scholarships. To apply, send a brief statement explaining how attending this conference will support your career goals to our email no later than Thursday, Sept. 14; approved applicants will be given a one-time-use discount code. Find out more at the conference page.

Graduate Outdoor Adventures: Shenandoah Canoeing

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30am-4:00pm
Meet at Skyline Fitness Center
Fairfax Campus
Come join us on a beautiful easy paddle on the Shenandoah River. This 10 mile paddle is a great introduction to river canoeing. We will stop for lunch on the river with an opportunity to swim by a waterfall if the time and weather allows. Along the way keep an eye out for the local wildlife including bald eagles. For more information, please check out Graduate Outdoor Adventures

Grad Night In

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4:00-9:00pm
Fenwick 1014B
Fairfax Campus

Need a break while on campus? Want to meet with your cohort? Working on a group project? Want to meet other Mason grad students and also get some work done? Join Graduate Student Life at Fenwick Library for Grad Night In, a monthly collaborative study date just for Mason grad students! We will provide caffeine and snacks; come with your work and a friend! Come by Fenwick Library, Room 1014B, and stay for a minute or stay for a while — we hope to see you there!

Graduate Student Career Workshop: The What, Why, and How of Résumé and CV Writing

Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:30-2:00pm
University Career Services Resources Room (SUB I, Room 3400)
Fairfax Campus
When you apply for jobs and internships, you need to be able to communicate your skills, experiences, and qualifications effectively to prospective employers; whether you use a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) to do so depends on your career goals and the kinds of positions you seek. Join Graduate Student Life, University Career Services, and the Stearns Center for Teaching & Learning for a Graduate Student Career Development Workshop on résumé and CV writing. Learn what résumés and CVs are and how they differ, why you would use one or the other, how they are used in academic and non-academic hiring, and what you can do to craft the strongest document for your future job search. Check out Graduate Student Life Events for more information and registration. 

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Overcoming Procrastination

Friday, Sept. 29, 12:00-1:15pm
SUB I, Room 3129C
Fairfax Campus
Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle. Information about logging on to access the webinar will be provided to registered participants. Register here!

“Preparing for Careers in the Academy” Workshop Series: Understanding the Academic Job Search Process

Friday, Sept. 29, 1:30-2:45pm
Fenwick 1014B
Fairfax Campus
Are you interested in a career in higher education? This presentation will introduce you to the essential elements of planning for an academic career with a focus on those steps when you are close to being on the job market. Topics will include: understanding the job market cycle and the realities of the academic job market, determining readiness to go on the market, identifying job opportunities, understanding how to present yourself for different types of institutions, how search committees work and preparing for screening interviews. There will be time for Q & A.
Audience: Doctoral or MFA graduate students at any stage who are interested in careers in academia Note: This workshop is geared towards students on or about to be on the job market, but is useful for those looking ahead so they can better plan their time in their graduate program.

Pizza & Perspectives: Fake News

Wednesday, Oct. 04, 6:00-7:15pm
Founders Hall Multipurpose Room (126)
Arlington Campus
The goal of the Pizza and Perspectives series is to involve students, faculty, and alumni across disciplines in meaningful and rational dialogue on relevant topics. Join panelists in a conversation about healthcare. Question and answer period to follow. Free pizza and soda.

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Improving Concentration

Friday, Oct. 6, 10:30-11:45am
SUB I, Suite 3129C
Fairfax Campus
The ability to concentrate, to focus one’s attention exclusively on the task at hand, is essential to learning. Both internal and external distractions can make concentration difficult. This webinar examines these distractions and strategies to enhance concentration. You learn to identify your distractions and develop strategies to eliminate them, practice relaxation techniques to improve focus, and explore other tactics to improve your concentration. Information about logging on to access the webinar will be provided to registered participants. Register here.


What is "Grad Student Welcome Days"?

Grad Student Welcome Days highlight events and workshops designed to facilitate students' successful transition to graduate and professional education at Mason. These programs have been designed to connect new and continuing graduate and professional students to key information, strategies, and resources to promote their success and well-being within the first six weeks of the semester. Check out our poster for a list of all events and dates!

Welcome Days Poster 2017