ESP Graduate Students Are Awarded Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Fellowships

Congratulations are in order!

Sarah Farinelli

Jessica Roberts

Sarah Farinelli and Jessica Roberts, have both been awarded Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Fellowships to pursue their dissertation research.

A feature story on Sarah and Jessica appeared in Mason News on May 21, 2019:

Sarah will be using remote technology to investigate the spatial distribution of African Manatees in Nigeria, while Jessica will focus her research on the behavioral management of captive parrots before they are reintroduced into the wild in Brazil.

Sarah and Jessica are both PhD students in the Environmental Science and Policy Department, and both are advised by Dr. David Luther, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology.

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)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: