News and Updates

UPDATED LINK: SMSC PhD Fellowships Available

Posted: December 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) is pleased to announce the availability of Doctoral Fellowships in Conservation Science. Two fellowships, the ConocoPhillips/SMSC Conservation Research Fellow, and The Jacquemin Family Foundation Fellow, will be offered in fall 2018 for students with a B.S. or M.S. in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field, and whose research interests coincide with scholars from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and George Mason University. Prospective candidates must qualify for admission to a conservation-focused Ph.D. program at George Mason University. Support will be provided …

Undergraduates – Join us for a tour and learn more about our semester programs!

Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

Have you ever wanted to visit the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, at the research facility of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute? If you’re a prospective SMSC student, we’re offering you the chance to see our 3,200-acre facility in Front Royal, Virginia, including our academic buildings and many of our wildlife areas. Plus, we’ll even provide transportation from Fairfax, and a free lunch for students! This is a great way for prospective students to see the facility, and to be able to ask questions about our exciting residential programs in conservation …

Chronicle of a Young Conservation Champion

Posted: May 16, 2017 at 9:35 am

Anna Reid, a Junior majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation, just won the top prize at the College of Humanities & Social Science Research Symposium for her work on the analysis of coyote activity around waste disposal sites and management implications.

Each spring, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium, open to all undergraduates with a major in the College who want to showcase their research and creative activity.  Students working on research projects (course research or independent research) under …

High School Summer course – Herpetology – June 25 – July 1

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:18 am, Last Updated: February 27, 2017 at 10:31 am

We’re pleased to announce our high school summer course is open for registration now! We will be holding our CONS 110 – Herpetology course from June 25 – July 1, 2017. See here for more information and to register for the course!

SMSC Alum Ashley Fortner – Adventures in rhino sitting.

Posted: August 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Mason News / August 25, 2016 / by Damian Cristodero

Who would have thought a rhinoceros can be so much like a horse?

Both eat hay and grains. Before evolution gave them hooves, horses—like rhinos—had three toes. Both vocalize with huffs and snorts.

For Ashley Fortner, that was a perfect match. The George Mason University senior, who grew up in Virginia Beach tending to her family’s three horses, worked a summer internship, helping oversee 40 rhinoceros at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Fla.

The difference, Fortner said, is that when …