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Patriot Profile: Afra Ahmad

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on April 26, 2016

For her dissertation, Afra Ahmad, BA Psychology ’08, is tackling a very timely topic: religious discrimination. By looking at 25 years of religious discrimination charges submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she is investigating how these claims have changed over time in response to a particular county’s religious diversity, unemployment rates, and voting behaviors—and how this all influences experiences on the job.

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Patriot Profile: Jason Sturm

By Damian Cristodero on January 28, 2016

Jason Sturm, who lost his leg below the knee in an army training exercise in 2002, is now a world champion bobsledder and a CrossFit trainer for amputee and non-amputee clients.

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Patriot Profile: Xiaoyun Wu

By Damian Cristodero on November 2, 2015

The thing Mason graduate student Xiaoyun Wu misses most about her native China is the food. It’s “one of my biggest challenges,” says the 23-year-old, who came to the United States two years ago to pursue a master’s degree.

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Patriot Profiles: Viet Tran and Seth Robertson

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 1, 2015

Engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson got the idea to fight fire with sound waves when they were choosing a class project for ECE 492 and 493 Senior Advanced Design Project I and II.

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Patriot Profile: Dominick Casciano III

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 6, 2015

Mason engineering student Dominick Casciano has been a member of the Volgenau School of Engineering concrete canoe team since its inception three years ago. Last year, he led the team that built a canoe named Perseverance and competed near the University of Virginia in the mid-Atlantic portion of this national collegiate engineering competition. This year, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington is hosting the April competition, and Casciano and his teammates are building a new canoe for it.

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Flying High

By Mason Spirit contributor on February 5, 2015

Economics major John T. Hill is developing the EasyFBO app, which will make airplane fueling and servicing at airports easier and less expensive.

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Patriot Profile: Nadine Rousseau

By Mason Spirit contributor on January 21, 2015

A life-changing performance with Broadway legend Patti LuPone showed senior Nadine Rousseau that a career in theater is within reach.

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Hannah King: Exploring the Intricacies of Dependency with Dance

By Catherine Probst on September 16, 2014

George Mason University junior Hannah King realized her love of dance at a young age. She was a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company, the longest-running modern dance company in Seattle, Washington, and by age 15 had already choreographed nine dance pieces. During the fall semester, King worked on her most challenging piece yet—a choreographic study of dependency, isolation, and perpetual motion.

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Marcus Daum

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 16, 2014

Mason physics major Marcus Daum already has set his sights on getting a PhD. In fact, terminal degrees are kind of a tradition in his family, so Daum plans to follow in the doctoral footsteps of his father and his grandfather after he completes his bachelor’s degree in 2015. His field: physics. Why did he…

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Leah Bruch

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 16, 2014

Community health major Leah Bruch might not be afraid of public speaking, but presenting her paper at the American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting and exposition as an undergraduate definitely was a bit nerve-wracking.

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