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  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Break, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Break
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Experiential Program Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

The Global Praxis

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Overview

The Global Praxis is a grant offered to students hired by approved Mason faculty as research assistants. Mason faculty and chosen students will be conducting international research for a period of one week to six months overseas at any time during the year.

Grant Details

The Global Praxis is a grant offered to students hired by approved Mason faculty as research assistants. Mason faculty and chosen students will be conducting international research for a period of one week to six months overseas at any time during the year. 
 
As of December 2019, students awarded a Praxis grant will financial assistance for a required GEO course associated with the fieldwork. Please note that students applying to any faculty programs approved by GEO prior to December 2019 will fall under the previous Praxis grant structure and the credit structure below will not apply. Our GEO staff will send those individuals specific instructions.

There will be a Professor of Record associated with the research project to develop and instruct the course. This course could be cross-listed with another academic department and listed as an of independent study or internship if approved.

The course can be from 1-6 credits depending on hours and the Praxis grant covers the majority of the cost for these credits. Students only owe the in-state credit amount with the number below subtracted from it. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate (Master's or Certificate level), but the amount that their credit fees are differs based on the existing Mason credit fee structure.
  • 1 credit fees - $250
  • 2 credit fees - $750
  • 3 credit fees - $1200
  • 6 credit fees - $1200

Available Research Positions

Below are the open research assistant positions pre-approved for students to receive The Global Praxis Grant. All applicants must be a degree seeking Mason student (undergraduate and graduate). Students that are interested in applying for any of the open positions must fill out an application in MasonAbroad that will consist of the following: 

  • One-page Personal Statement: indicate motivations for applying to position
  • Current Resume/CV 
  • Passport information 
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • *Cannot be written by the faculty(s) who posted the position

Open Positions

Malaria Research in Equatorial Guinea 

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Michael Von Fricken, Assistant Professor, Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services
Dates of Research: March 6-15, 2020
Application Term: Spring Break 2020

Applications Due by January 15, 2020

Seeking eight (8) students to act as Research Assistants in Equatorial Guinea this coming Spring 2020. Students will spend 7-10 days on Bioko Island, working with Dr. von Fricken and experts from Bioko Island's Malaria Control Program (BIMCP), run by Medical Care Development, International. Students will observe a fully operational malaria control program and receive hands on learning about field operations including
  • bed net distributions
  • indoor residual spraying,
  • larviciding
  • using aspirators to calculate human landing rates
  • mosquito trapping 
  • and observe a malaria vaccine trials
Students will also participate in lecture series given by doctors and experts in the field on topics including malaria mapping, clinical manifestations of complicated malaria, the Malaria Indicator Survey, program management, insecticide resistance, and the distinct characteristics of malaria in Equatorial Guinea.   

Students must be up to date on all required immunizations, consult and follow the directions of a Travel Doctor before departure, a US Passport that is active for at least 6 months past the date of travel, a strong interest in malaria and vector control, and be willing to work and travel in austere conditions. Spanish language skills preferred, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Activities research assistants will be conducting include: 
  • setting up and geocoding mosquito traps every evening and checking them in the morning
  • identifying mosquito species under a dissecting scope
  • collecting mosquito larvae from various breeding grounds
  • applying larvicides when necessary
  • cataloging samples collected
  • and other activities associated with an immersive program operations experience Potential opportunity to publish, furthermore MCDI has a summer long internship program that this program may feed into if this work appeals to you. 

The nature of the field work will be arduous at times, participants must be able to walk up to 5 miles every day, lift 25 pounds, and spend prolonged periods of time in a hot and humid setting. 

Please contact Dr. Von Fricken directly at mvonfric@gmu.edu should you have further questions prior to applying to this position through MasonAbroad.

Requirements

Student Report

Student recipients are required to submit a trip report within 30 days of return. Your final report should be 3-5 pages in length detailing the following:

  • Research Summary
  • Final Itinerary
  • Any work that was co-authored
*Please note, all Mason fiscal policies do apply

Questions? Contact:

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

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Name Kelly McNulty
Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 01/15/2020
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Malaria Research in Equatorial Guinea Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Michael Von Fricken, Assistant Professor, Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services Dates of Research: March 6-15, 2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.