Major Exploration Days

webheaderThis series of events will provide students with opportunities to explore    UMW’s academic offerings, meet faculty and, if ready, declare majors/minors.

We are hosting a major fair on September 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m on Ball Circle. The major fair will allow students an opportunity to meet representatives from each academic department and learn about information on major(s)/minors/certificate programs. Additionally, departments will each have an academic showcase event to happen between September 9 – 22.  The academic showcase can be a student/faculty panel, a performance, a tour of lab spaces or another creative activity that introduces students to the various academic programs we have to offer.

Department  Date  Event Description
Modern Langues and Literatures 9/9/14 Info sessions for those interested in German, French, or Spanish.
5:00pm – 6:00pm. Second Floor Combs

Picnic for all Majors.
6:00pm. Jefferson Square

Biology 9/10/14 Dr. O’Dell will be giving a talk on careers in biology for the department’s career development program.
4:00PM.  Jepson 100.
Business Administration 9/11/14 Proper dress, behavior, and manners, as well as smooth communication skills, are critical components of becoming truly career ready. You never know who you are going to meet, so practice your networking skills at the College of Business Mocktail Party!  Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Business attire is recommended. Prizes for successful networking will be awarded. RSVP to Andrea Cordray at
5:30pm-6:30pm.  2nd Floor, GW Hall
American Studies 9/15/14 Ice cream social with students and faculty.
5:30pm.  Palmieri Plaza and Fountain (near Monroe Hall).
Historic Preservation 9/15/14  “Hands on Learning & Museums” (Cristina Turdean).
4:00pm.  Combs 025.
Geography 9/16/14 Lecture: “Finding a Place in Time: Geography, GIS, and Fredericksburg’s Commemorative Landscape” (Stephen Hannah) – Monuments in the City of Fredericksburg have been mapped and their text analyzed to learn what is commemorated, where.
2:00pm.  Monroe 319.
Classics, Philosophy, Religion 9/17/14 Lecture: “Mysterium Humanum: Wilderness” (Professor Romero).
3:00pm. Trinkle 204

Open House and pizza party.
4:30pm – 6:00pm. Trinkle 242

Lecture: “Mindful Eating”(Dr. Lilian Cheung, Director, Health Promotion and Communication in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard University) .
7:00pm. Lee 411

We invite interested students to come to one or both lectures, or to just come eat pizza mindfully and meet majors and faculty in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.

Music 9/17/14 Showcase/open house featuring conversations with the faculty and majors, performances by student musicians, and tours of the department.
4:00pm.  Pollard 304
Political Science 9/17/14 Round Table Discussion “The U.S. Constitution and the “Imperial Presidency” in the 21st Century” (Dr. Cooperman, Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Murphy).This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and
Pi Sigma Alpha.  Pizza and soda will be provided.
12:00pm.  Monroe 110
International Affairs 9/17/14 Round Table Discussion “The U.S. Constitution and the “Imperial Presidency” in the 21st Century” (Dr. Cooperman, Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Murphy).  This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and
Pi Sigma Alpha.  Pizza and soda will be provided.
12:00pm.  Monroe 110
Theatre 9/17/14 Discussion with Department Chair and Professor, Gregg Stull, about the major, careers, and stories of alumni working in the professional world. Following the discussion, current majors will give tours of the theatre facilities and talk about their own experiences in the department.
5:00pm.  duPont Hall Room 324
Mathematics 9/17/14 A panel of current majors and recent alums will be there to answer questions about what life is like in the department and after graduation.  Opportunities for students at all levels will be discussed, as well as tips for enhancing credentials for the job hunt.
5:00 – 7:00pm.  Trinkle 106A
Education 9/17/14 10/1/14 Reception hosted by the Student Education Association for continuing education students, transfer students, and anyone interested in education as a profession.
5:00pm.  Trinkle Education Suite
History 9/17/14 Meet and greet with Faculty and students. Enjoy conversation, cookies, and drinks with the faculty and students of the History department -AND- be entered to win a pizza dinner for you and a friend in Fredericksburg!  All undeclared students who come will receive a free raffle ticket to be entered.  (Tickets will be handed out from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and winner will be drawn at 6:00pm and must be present to win.)
4:00pm – 6:00pm.  Monroe 2nd Floor
Geography 9/18/14 Geocaching On Campus with the Geography Club! Bring your mobile phone, get help downloading geocaching software, and collect stickers from various campus coordinates to win a prize! It’s a geographic treasure hunt!
11:30am – 2:30pm.  Start at Monroe 319
Psychology 9/18/14 Faculty/Student Panel Discussion to learn more about the Psychology major at Mary Washington.
6:15pm to 7:15pm in Combs 237

Psychology Graduate in Residence talk about different careers for Psychology majors
7:30pm in Combs 139.

Chemistry 9/19/14 “What Lies Beyond Your BS Degree?” – Barbara Mait ’79
Barbara Mait received her BS degree in Chemistry from Mary Washington College in 1979. While at MWC, she worked as a General Chemistry Lab Aide. She was the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate chapter president her junior and senior years.  While still an undergraduate, Mrs. Mait completed an internship at Philip Morris USA; this internship led to a full time position after her graduation. During her 30 year tenure at Phillip Morris, she held progressively responsible management positions in the Research and Development department culminating as the Senior Manager for Quality, Compliance and Regulations.  Mrs. Mait took early retirement and reinvented herself, utilizing the skills learned through 30 years in industry, and entered the non-profit sector. She recently retired as the Executive Director for Rebuilding Together*Tri-Cities, a non-profit dedicated to making home repairs for income qualified homeowners.   A life-long learner, Mrs. Mait has taken business classes at the University of Richmond and has recently completed the 100 hours of classroom, exam and volunteer time required to be a certified Master Gardener. She is an active volunteer for Chesterfield County serving on several boards dedicated to youth issues; she is also involved with the Chesterfield Historical Society.
4:00pm.  Jepson 100
Women’s and Gender Studies 9/19/14 Open House.
4:00pm – 6:00pm.  LINK Foyer.
Computer Science 9/20/14 A computer science picnic
University Apartments.  See CPSC Department for more details.
Oct 6th 12-12:50 in Trinkle B36 (See CPSC Department for more details)
Emails will be sent to those that sign up at the table during the Major Fair
Physics By Appointment In UMW laser lab, Jepson 414, students and researchers build, manipulate, and control laser beams to interact with materials and control the speed of light. Ultimately, we would like to stop light for quantum information processing and signal manipulations in telecommunication industries. You are more than welcome to schedule tours with me and/or my research students.
Email Dr. Hai Nguyen ( to set up a tour.