Field course to Antarctica


Dr. Chris Parsons

Led by ESP professor Chris Parsons, four Mason students spent three weeks traveling the coast of Antarctica, crossing Drake’s Passage and landing on such areas as Deception Island — an active volcano site — and Neumeyer Channel — which has a British Antarctic Survey maritime museum — and seeing penguins, whales and seals in their natural habitat.

Read the full article from the Mason NewsDesk on 2/28/2013…





Adelie penguin at Brown Bluff, Antarctica


Landscape near Booth Island, Antarctica


Important Dates for Students

FALL 2019 Semester

First day of classes: Aug 26

Labor Day (University Closed): Sep 2

Fall Break (Mon classes/labs meet Tues and Tues classes do not meet this week): Oct 14

Thanksgiving recess (No Classes): Nov 27 – Dec 1

Last day of classes: Dec 7

Reading Day(s): Dec 9 – 10

Final Exam Period: Dec 11 – 18

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