News and Updates

Two Summer High School Courses Announced – Registration Now Open!

Posted: February 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Are you a rising high school Junior or Senior, or rising college Freshman, with an interest in conservation and the environment? Are you thinking about getting a head start on earning college credit, while connecting with some of the most qualified world experts in conservation, including Smithsonian scientists, Mason faculty, and colleagues from other U.S. and international conservation organizations?

Consider registering for either of our immersive one-week Summer High School Programs in field conservation!

CONS 100 – Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology – Sunday, June 17 – Sunday, June 24, 2018 (2 credits)

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Fall 2018 Undergraduate Program Application Available!

Posted: January 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm, Last Updated: January 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Attention undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students: the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Program Application is now available online!

Current undergraduate students and recent graduates of any college or university–and in any major–are invited to apply to the semester in Conservation, Biodiversity and Society (CBS), or the semester in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC). Both programs are full-time, can integrate seamlessly into many degree programs, and may even satisfy the requirements for Mason’s minor in Conservation Studies.

The application, as well as more information on undergraduate admissions at SMSC, can be found at Consider joining …

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 …