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Fulbright Redux… and Beyond

November 20, 2019

Kay Ágoston, PhD Director of Graduate Fellowships

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for the Grad Insider on opportunities for Mason graduate students through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Then as now, Fulbright is one of the most sought-after of all the external funding opportunities I work with. So, it’s time for an update!

What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is one of the most prestigious awards available to U.S. students.  Created in the aftermath of World War II, the program promotes mutual cultural understanding and academic exchange between the United States and the …

Overcoming Procrastination

November 13, 2019

By Yasamin Rahmani

The Webster’s Dictionary definition of procrastination is “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.” Although the definition is quite broad, it does hit close to home. Whether this intention of putting off is at work, school, or our personal life, it is no stranger to us – at least not to me.

Procrastinating can also be looked at as a habitual stress relief that can be done inadvertently, hindering one’s success. It is no surprise that having the habit of procrastination affects productivity and the ability to plan ahead to achieve short-term and long-term goals.

The reason I chose to write this …

Provost Office Support for Recipients of Major Grants and Fellowships

November 6, 2019

By Kay Ágoston, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Fellowships, George Mason University

Did you know that the Office of the Provost at George Mason University now offers supplemental funding for Mason graduate students who win certain types of major external awards?  It’s true! As of Fall 2019, Mason graduate students who win external awards may qualify for supplemental internal support, including supplemental funding, tuition assistance, and subsidized student health insurance. The type and amount of supplemental support will vary according the status of the student and the type of award.

More about this exciting development in a moment, but first, some backstory:

Several years ago, when I first arrived at Mason …

Finding Your Community through the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)

October 16, 2019

By Sofiyat Aderonke Ibrahim

For many of you reading this, you identify with one of the following: You are a current or former Mason graduate or professional student, you are interested in connecting and building relationships with the people around you, and/or you are committed to getting the best out of your time here at George Mason University. If any of these statements is true, then you should definitely continue reading this post because this information would help make your experience at Mason as a graduate or professional student even better.

To begin, I would like to introduce myself and tell you why becoming a graduate student at George Mason …

Study Groups: The Thing to Do in Graduate School

October 9, 2019

By Austin Deray

Since coming to Mason, I have been asked the same question repeatedly from other graduate students coming to our offices’ events: “What should I do as a graduate student?” I must confess it always takes me by surprise, and then I find myself propelled back in time to 2013 when I was working on my master’s. I remember being given two pieces of advice by my professor and mentor at the time, Dr. Jane Rago, both of which were ironically enough supported by research that she had no idea existed: lean on your cohort and connect with a study group. I have written about the importance of …

Three Reasons Why You Should Be Using LinkedIn

October 2, 2019

By Sydney Glass

I think that it is safe to say that regardless of what stage of our program we are in, as grad students, we are always looking for ways to enhance our professional and career development. What if I told you that creating a LinkedIn profile is a simple way to do this, and you can do it at any time or place that is convenient for you; all you need is a computer (with internet access, of course). While I am sure that many of you are familiar with this platform, this post is for those of you that have recently heard of it, are first-time …

Enjoy the Foliage and Take a Hike

September 18, 2019

By: Austin A. Deray 19 September 2019

One of my favorite parts of the fall, other than getting to order new books (yes, I have always been that guy), is to see the leaves change. Growing up, my Gram (also known as Mommom or Grandmother Devine) would always talk about wanting to make a drive through New England to see the foliage. She never took her September drive to see all of New England in the fall, but she did instill the love of fall colors in her children and grandchildren. It is a goal of mine to take a September off (or at least two weeks) and make the …

Welcome from Mason Grad Insider!

September 3, 2019

By Sydney Glass and Austin Deray

We would like to welcome all new and continuing graduate and professional students to the 2019-2020 year! The Mason Grad Insider blog is sponsored by Graduate Student Life and will feature great content, with contributions from University Life offices at Arlington and the Science and Technology Campus. This blog was created to give graduate students a voice and be a guide and resource during their graduate career at Mason. Mason grad students can expect to find a wide range of posts focusing on academic, professional, and career development, along with insight on fun and leisure in the Northern VA/D.C. area.

We are excited to …

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Surviving Finals and Planning for the Summer

May 2, 2019

The spring semester is coming to a close, which means that summer break is almost here. We are sure that you are as excited as we are to take a break from the everyday routine of classes and assignments. While often not as demanding, the summer is an opportunity for many of us to move forward in our graduate education by taking extra classes, gaining practical or professional experience in our field, spending time writing our thesis or dissertation, and/or advancing our research skills. For the last post of the year, we want to share with you some techniques for de-stressing as the final exam period approaches and tips for …

Live Music Venues, What You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

April 24, 2019

By Sophie Gorshenin

A few weeks ago, our incredible Mason Grad Insider writer Sydney Glass wrote an insightful blog post, “Why Your Life Needs More Live Music”. Before reading any further I highly recommend checking out her article first before reading any further!

In the blog post mentioned above, Sydney discussed why you need more live music in your life. I cannot advocate enough how the arts can help bring so much positivity into your life! Live music is a great way to experience new culture, connect with new people, and in my opinion, it’s the BEST way to de-stress! With finals coming up, I think you deserve that …