Undergrad Research Opportunities

Industry Partners Boost Student Research

Mason Computing students gain valuable experience at the forefront of research, in part because of our proximity to the Washington-metro area. D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia are home to many IT companies, biomedical research labs, and federal agencies, many with strong ties to Mason.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks Mason among the highest research institutions in the country. We take that seriously.

The school encourages undergraduate research, a core part of the Mason experience. Our main research areas span department and disciplinary boundaries. We are committed to generating new knowledge, supporting our community, and engaging in research of consequence.

There are tangible benefits. Each year, students showcase their work before industry professionals, who judge the research, design, and scholarly work produced by individuals or groups. Past ideas have included a search-and-rescue drone, a mini-robot that can fit into confined spaces, and an automatic piano tuner.

Among the opportunities:

  • Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research takes applications every year for Research and Scholarship Intensive course designations as part of the Students as Scholars initiative. 

  • Our students are encouraged to submit to the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, which provides an opportunity fir them to get a publication credit while at the undergraduate level.

Mason Computing's Research Partners 

Booz-Allen Hamilton National Insitutes of Health
Children's National Medical Center National Science Foundation
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Engineering Consulting Services Raytheon
General Dynamics Smithsonian Institution
Geocomp U.S. Department of Defense
Inova U.S. Geological Survey
Lockheed Martin U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mitre Virginia Department of Transportation


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center