Internships are key in this accounting major's career plan

Accounting major Marcou Shohdi has a plan for his time at George Mason University, and he is carefully executing it. His plan: to get experience in public, corporate, and government accounting before he graduates.

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Wilkins Lecture offers a critical look at poverty in America

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond spoke about his personal experiences with poverty and his encounters with others affected by social-economic injustices at this year's Wilkins Lecture.

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This Mason student manages her talents on and off stage

Alexandra "Ali" Coburn has performed and taught. An arts management course and internship was eyeopening and pointed her in a new direction.

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Mason is a hole in one for this freshman golfer

Freshman finance major J. J. Powell believes Mason is the best place to help him grow as a golfer and as a citizen of the world. Learn more about J.J. Watch the video.

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Mason soars in national rankings

Multiple national college rankings released in recent weeks have placed George Mason University among America’s top 50 public universities, top 100 among all public and private institutions, and Virginia’s No. 1 university for social mobility. Check out new rankings released by US News & World Report and others.

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Award-winning game helps young girls and women navigate and negotiate life choices

A real-life scenario inspired Mason professor and alum Susan Howard to create Go Nisha Go, a game that provides more than 250,000 players in India with essential resources in the real world they can access directly from the game. Find out more

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EP 49: The metaverse, crypto, and the evolution of the internet

Foteini Baldimsti and James Casey join Mason president Gregory Washington in the studio to discuss the imprint the metaverse is making on society and our future in this episode of the Access to Excellence podcast. 

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BOV wrapup: Applications, enrollment, and research rise

Highlights include a substantial increase in freshman applications, a 55% rise in research awards, and Provost Mark Ginsberg's heartfelt goodbye. Learn more

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Mason honors the generosity and accomplishments of Maruf and Mahfuz Ahmed

Mason honors two former students, Mahfuz and Maruf Ahmed whose life journey and ultimate success embody the possibilities with Mason's commitment and approach to inclusive excellence. 

Maruf Ahmed credited his Mason experience for being “extremely influential” in making his and his brother’s success possible. Read about the journey from their native Bangladesh to George Mason University and later to the top of a billion-dollar company.

Student team improves app thanks to venture capital funding

The team received $5,000 from VentureWell to continue developing their app, iCONNECT SUD, which helps those struggling with substance use disorder connect with resources. Learn more.

Fairfax City and Mason come together to spur economic growth and student success

Students will get experiential learning. The city will get fresh faces and new ideas to support its vision of a vibrant commercial district. Get the details

Hewlett Foundation gift will help bridge research practice gap in education

EdPolicyForward and the Center for Advancing Human Machine Partnership will collaborate on a project that aims to better connect research to practice in education policymaking. Learn more about the project.

Mason hosts emergency management symposium

More than 70 emergency management professionals from federal, state, local, and higher education organizations attended the regional International Association of Emergency Managers event on Sept. 29, sponsored by the office of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management. Learn more.

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Episode  5: Can hands-on learning bring more women into STEM?

On the latest episode of "Our Future, Transformed," Nathalia Peixoto, an associate professor of bioengineering and a tireless advocate for recruiting women in STEM, speaks with President Gregory Washington about rethinking the way tech fields are taught.

Watch the episode.

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Join George Mason University President Gregory Washington as he invites experts, change-makers, innovators, and thought leaders to engage in meaningful conversations about the greatest challenges of our time.

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Student Internship Experiences

Internships are key in this accounting major's career plan

Marcou Shohdi said gaining experience in public, corporate, and public accounting will better inform his career path. His latest internship was with the U.S. Navy's Financial Management and Comptroller Office, a partnership between that office and the School of Business. Check out his career roadmap

Summer internship combines his love of flight and law

Aviation law comes with a lot of legs, and Mack Freilich says that suits him just fine.

The rising second-year Scalia Law School student has a strong affinity for flight, so he sees his preferred future legal field as a further extension of doing what he loves.

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Forensic science experts offer training and insight for rural practitioners

“Challenges in Homicide Cases Involving Native Americans and Rural Areas,” and discussions of new methodologies like genetic genealogy and the role of canines in the investigative process, the conference aimed to help a wide community of medical and legal practitioners in rural areas learn how to solve these efficiently and effectively utilizing current forensic analysis techniques. Read more.

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George Mason among big movers in U.S. News rankings of top colleges
Mason is cited for consecutive years of double-digit improvement. (Washington Business Journal)

George Mason University sets state enrollment record

Mason President Gregory Washington explains the milestone's significance for students and the regional economy. (Washington Business Journal

Good news: Virginia teacher raising money to fight student food insecurity
Alumnus Gabe Segal discusses his project to help erase student lunch debt in local school districts. See also the story from the College of Education and Human Development. (Video on LIVE with Kelly and Mark)

George Mason University launches entrepreneurship program for Afghan refugees
Rebecca Howick talks about entrepreneurship training programs. (WJLA)


Fostering kindess is just good business

After attending university-wide Mason Chooses Kindness events, colleagues in the School of Business saw an opportunity to apply the same principles within their unit. This “goodwill team” highlights and encourages acts of kindness and well-being across the school. Learn more about their efforts.

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