Undergraduate Student Research Survey

Dear Students:

Have you ever looked at your group of friends at George Mason and thought about their backgrounds? For example, how many of your Mason friends are from your country versus other countries? If you have Mason friends from other countries, how did you meet them and what is your friendship like?

My name is Karen Wrightsman and I am conducting a study (IRBNet ID 1098215-1; Principal Investigator- Dr. Jan Arminio) that explores this topic. The purpose of my study is to understand how U.S. and international undergraduate students form friendships with one another and the elements that fostered these friendships. I am looking to interview U.S. students who have friends at Mason that are international students in order to understand their experiences, perceptions, and meaning they attribute to these friendships. I am eager to hear these perspectives!

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, would you be willing to participate in this study? In order to be eligible, you must meet the following six criteria:

• Be 18 years or older
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Be an undergraduate student at George Mason
• Have been at George Mason for at least 2 semesters
• Have an international friend (or friends) at George Mason that you have known for at least 2 semesters
• Not be romantically involved with your international friend

If you are an international student, do you have any U.S. friends at Mason that meet the six criteria mentioned above? If so, would you be willing to forward this message to them?

Participation in this study would be voluntary and participants’ responses will be kept confidential. If you or any of your U.S. friends at Mason are willing to participate in this study please follow this link to review the informed consent form and complete a brief (2 minute) questionnaire:

If you have any questions or concerns about participating in this study, please e-mail

Mary Byerley

Mary Byerley serves in the Office of Student Success and Academic Services for the School of Business at George Mason University.
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