News Release

Smith receives funding for watershed programs

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Cynthia Smith, Associate Professor and K12 Education Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), Environmental Science and Policy, received $60,750 from Fairfax County Public Schools for: "FCPS Watershed Programs." This funding began in July 2023 and will end in late June 2024. Since 2010, Smith has worked closely with the FCPS science office to deliver outdoor, hands-on field investigations to 5,200 seventh graders annually. Over 350 Mason students have worked as PEREC field interpreters, honing their science communication skills while inspiring and engaging youth in discovery, exploration, and measurement of living and non-living components in their local aquatic environments. 


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