ESP PhD student Serda Ozbenian receives Fulbright grant

Serda Ozbenian, a doctoral student and MS alumna of the Environmental Science and Policy program at George Mason University, has been awarded a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct research in 2014-15 in Armenia.  Serda is a student of Dr. Chris Parsons in ESP, and the second ESP graduate student to receive a 2014 Fulbright award.  Her research in Armenia will focus on wildlife conservation issues in Armenia, and specifically on human-wildlife conflict with threatened large carnivore species in rural areas of that country.  As part of her Fulbright research, Serda will work with the American University of Armenia’s Acopian Center for the Environment to conduct the first non-invasive population surveys of the gray wolf and brown bear in Armenia.

Serda is one of two ESP students to be awarded a Fulbright grant this year!  Ryan Richards also received a 2014 Fulbright award. Congratulations to the both of them!


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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