Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

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

Thank you to our partners, including the Office of Graduate Education,  Mason Recreation: Outdoor AdventuresUniversity Career ServicesMason Libraries, and many more, for collaborating with us for our programming and events.

To view information about Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week for the current academic year, head to our Graduate Student Life events page. Below you will a sample of what the Appreciation Week schedule might look like!

All week long: Graduate and Professional Student Shout-Outs

Is there a graduate or professional student you’d like to recognize with a shout-out? Maybe they’re a really great friend or source of support; maybe they’re always participating in class; maybe you’re their supervisor or colleague and you’d like to recognize all the hard work they do – either way, they are a graduate or professional student whom you really appreciate! Show them how much you care by giving them a shout-out, which will be shared to Graduate Student Life’s social media (@MasonGradLife) during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! Submissions must be made by a Mason-affiliated individual for current Mason graduate or professional students. A separate form should be submitted for each student you seek to recognize. 

Graduate Assistant Breakfast

Graduate Assistants of all kinds (Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Professional Assistants) are welcomed to join us for a FREE breakfast on the Fairfax campus! 

Graduate Student Career Workshop: Get What You’re Worth: Negotiating Job Offers, Salaries, and Raises

Congratulations – they offered you the job! But what do you do once you receive the offer? How do you negotiate a salary and non-monetary benefits that reflect your value to the organization? Or if you already have a job, how do you ask for a raise? Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services for this webinar to learn strategies and tips to be an informed and effective advocate for yourself to get the compensation you deserve.

Building Community: Navigating Intersecting Identities in Higher Education

Graduate Student Life’s Building Community for Diverse Graduate Students events focus on fostering relationships among Mason graduate and professional students of diverse identities while advancing equity and inclusion in graduate education at Mason. Join us for our Spring 2021 event, a panel discussion of Mason graduate students and faculty addressing the ways they have negotiated their multiple and intersecting identities while charting their educational and professional journeys in higher education.
All Mason community members — graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, and staff — are invited to this event. 

Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference 2021

Plan now to join the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Graduate Student Life, and the Provost’s Office at the annual Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held virtually on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9! This two-day event will showcase graduate student research, scholarship, and creativity across disciplines through posters, presentations, visual/performing arts, and Mason’s fourth annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Contact GAPSA with questions.

Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures: Bull Run Occoquan Hike

Join Graduate Student Life and Outdoor Adventures for a beautiful and casual hike along the Occoquan River in Prince William County. Located minutes from the SciTech Campus, we will go for a moderate half-day hike through this protected forest and keep our eyes open for the frequent bald eagles along the river. This casual trip will last about 4 hours, but participants should be aware that the trip may last longer and should plan not to have obligations immediately afterwards. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the designated meeting spot in Bull Run (meeting location will be shared with confirmed, registered participants). Please wear clothes that you can comfortably hike in and that are appropriate for the weather. Be sure to bring your mask, ID, nonperishable lunch, snacks, and water – you will be hiking with all these belongings, so the fewer things you bring, the better! 

Music on the Plaza at the Arlington Campus

Join us in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! Grab your blanket or camp chair and join us on the Plaza for a fun outdoor music event with local artist David Thong and friends. All Mason social distancing procedures will be followed – so don’t forget your face covering!