A message from College of Science Dean Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm
It has been an incredibly productive, successful, and rewarding year full of innovative ideas accomplished and bold aspirations established. In the face of national enrollment declines and uncertainty, we celebrate George Mason University boldly expanding our academic and research footprint, graduating and enrolling more students than ever before, supported by our college enrollment and research growth, highly regarded programs, and diverse community.
Our innovative approaches to research and discovery continue to push into new frontiers of science.
This report shares but a few of our successes and partnerships in data, space, forensics, ecosystem health, sustainability, climate, and community building. Despite our fast pace, we stop and recognize the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and collaborators anchored by our collectively confirmed mission: A vibrant future for all, informed by science. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.
The College of Science continues to push the boundaries of scientific discovery and education. Over the past year, Mason Science faculty led collaborations and advised governments and organizations across diverse domains including space, data, energy, climate, agriculture, and quantum materials among many disciplines. The college also launched programming to expand the intellectual curiosity of the next generation of scientists. Whether inside or outside the classroom, our science community cultivates a promising research future for new frontiers. Photo by Sierra Guard/Creative Services/George Mason University.
Mason Science research continues to expand, with research expenditures growing an accumulated 13 percent between July 2020 and July 2023. Faculty and students work to solve grand problems from assisting the USDA’s goal to increase crop production and decrease the environmental footprint to studying therapeutics that could better protect the health of military personnel. The college is proud of its Mason Science community members who continue to receive grants, fellowships, and awards in recognition of their academic and scholarly work. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.
The College of Science shows no signs of slowing down in its mission to enable future successes through the advancements in scientific discovery and knowledge sharing. This past year saw ambitious student researchers earning competitive grants to support their work, continued efforts to provide an inclusive and equitable science community, as well as recognition for our Mason Science researchers with the most patents and largest commercialization in Mason’s history. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.
Meet the newest members of the College of Science Leadership Team
Our deans and department chairs provide the vision to connect the students, faculty, and partners to their various disciplines. Contact our leadership to learn how you can support and engage our students' learning, research, and programs.
Chairs and Directors
Mark D. Uhen, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences
Geraldine Grant, Biology
William J. Hahn, Biomedical Sciences
Andre Clayborne (interim), Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jason Kinser, Computational and Data Sciences
Amy Fowler (interim), Environmental Science and Policy
Mary Ellen O'Toole, Forensic Science
Dieter Pfoser, Geography and Geoinformation Science
Maria Emelianenko, Mathematical Sciences
Saleet Jafri, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Paul So, Physics and Astronomy
Iosif Vaisman, School of Systems Biology
Ali Andalibi, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Jennifer Bazaz Gettys, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment
Paula Danquah-Brobby, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cody Edwards, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Patrick M. Gillevet, Associate Dean for Research Operations
Audrey Kelaher, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Tracy Mason, Assistant Dean, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Meghan St. George, Chief Business Officer
Gerald L. R. Weatherspoon, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Affairs
Dean's Advisory Board
The college appreciates the expertise and guidance provided by the distinguished team of executives on the Dean’s Advisory Board. See the full list of board members. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.
Stay Connected #MasonScience
Keep up-to-date with the latest research, student achievement, and innovation happening in the College of Science. News and events from the college appear on our various social media channels each and every day. We would love for you to connect and engage with us. Have an interesting story to share? We want to hear about it. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.