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

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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