2013, Honors College
The research and critical-thinking skills obtained in the Honors College curriculum leads students to careers helping people around the world. Emily Mann (Class of 2013) pursued several challenging research projects during her time at Mason. After a life-changing trip to Tanzania during her Freshman year, Emily noticed how important mobile technology was to people in this country.
This spark of insight led to an OSCAR funded research project about mobile technology in the developing world and how it could be used for sustainable development. Emily was awarded several grants to attend international conferences in Washington D.C. and Spain to present her research in this emerging field.
Emily says the research opportunities as an undergraduate student, “afforded me the chance to travel abroad, conduct independent field work, discover a world so different yet familiar to my own, make lifelong friendships, and present my findings to the international community.”
Emily took the experiences from the Honors College into the real world where she now works for as a program coordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, an international peacekeeping think-tank in Washington D.C. In this job she applies the principles of design thinking and methods of applied human-centered research to develop and assess new programs. When she isn't at work, she promotes Human Centere Design by working with the OpenIDEO DC organization.
“I am completely indebted to the Honors College faculty and staff, who believed in me even when I doubted myself, and showed me possibilities I never knew existed,” said Emily.