January 2021 Newsletter

My dear fellow Patriots, 

This week’s inauguration marked a day of many firsts that celebrates the country our Constitution implores us to be. And whether we consider ourselves to be political or not, this past year has shown us the impact that institutions can have on our everyday lives in so many ways. With that shone the importance of participating in the democratic process alongside data-driven best practices. 

And within that is the power of one voice. 

So I’d like to use this space to lift up Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman and her poem “The Hill We Climb.” (Click here for subtitled video.)  

Whether you are new or returning, native born or from international shores, we welcome you as an integral, valued, and sought member of the Mason Nation. 

Mason grads play a pivotal role in the richness, research, and economy of the region and nation. GAPSA is here to advocate for Mason graduate and professional student success through professional and social opportunities and collaboration with university leaders, faculty, undergraduates, and the larger community. 

We look forward to the important conversations, events, and other initiatives we will actualize together this year.   

Cheers to a year of wellness, 

Lili Deveneau
GAPSA President
Sociology MA Student

Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference 2021: Call for Proposals

Need help writing an abstract to submit?

Interested in presenting your research at the Mason Interdisiplinary Graduate Conference, but don't know where to start? Join GAPSA for an interactive workshop on drafting abstracts, February 16, 2021 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM! We'll discuss best practices, and there will be opportunities to refine your abstract, so make sure to bring a draft to the session. Space is limited, so register soon!

Upcoming Events

Our very own President Lili Deveneau and VP Arlington Leah Meyers will be featured panelists on the January 27 "What I Wish I Knew" student panel! for more information, go to https://ularlington.gmu.edu/events.

The LEAD Office and Graduate Student Life are pleased to announce the first ever Graduate Student Leadership Series program specifically designed for graduate students.
The program is designed to provide professional leadershiptraining and development experiences. Students will have a chance to participate in interactive and engaging workshop experiences focused around Strengths Based Leadership, Goal Setting and Vision Development, Leadership and Ethics, and Positive Conflict Management. The series will feature four virtual synchronous workshops throughout the months of February and March. Students who participate in at least three of the workshops will receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge through Mason360.
For more information and to register, click here!

Writing Your Way Into Research

Are you ready to begin your Capstone, Thesis, or Dissertation? This workshop series is for you! Our 3-day series from February 10 to February 12, 2021 covers topics from beginning your project, to project management, and finally to writing productivity. Featuring a panel discussion from crossdisplinary graduate faculty to jump start our program and ending the series with the Mason Writing Center’s weekly Graduate Write-In. For a full list of sessions and programs, check out our event page! Please sign up for the individual sessions that you would like to attend. 

Three-Minute Thesis Registration Deadline Feb 15

3MT® is a research communication competition where PhD students present their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience using only one single visual aid—all in three minutes. Finalists will compete in a final round at the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference in April 2021, with prizes for the top three placements! Registration to participate in the preliminary round is due by 5 PM on Monday, February 15. PhD students who have advanced to candidacy by the deadline are eligible to participate, as well as DNP and MFA students. Find out more here.

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