Schar School Undergraduate Student Liaisons

Schar School Student Liaisons are undergraduate students who are interested in supporting prospective and current students in finding a home at Mason and in the Schar School.

Liaisons are here to answer your questions about the Schar School and Mason as you navigate the undergraduate application and admissions process. We can help you learn about great opportunities in your areas of interest, explore university resources, and develop connections with faculty, students, and staff.


Fyzah Islam

I am a Government and International Politics major with a concentration in International Relations. I am also an Accelerated Master's student pursuing an M.A. in International Commerce Policy with a focus in Global Development and Governance.

Mason's teachers and faculty are a great asset to my educational experience; being so close to D.C., my professors have intwined real-life experiences with textbook situations. I chose Mason because I knew that no other college could afford me opportunities to closely connect with professors and provide me unique internship access.

In addition to being a Schar student, I am also an Honors College student. I am a former Global Politics Fellow, and I’m the former webmaster of the Bengali Patriots Association.


Gerardo Valladares

I am a Government and International Politics major with a concentration in American Institutions and Processes and a minor in Legal Studies.

The Schar School's knowledgeable and experienced staff have provided me with the skills necessary for me to be successful both within and outside the classroom. With ample opportunities to both grow and apply myself, I have flourished not only as a student, but as an intern and community organizer for several non-profit organizations.

I am the sitting president of Destino and am involved with Cru. I am also a Patriot leader and a Global Politics Fellow.


Sydney Kosztolnik

I am a Government and International Politics major.

I transferred to Mason from North Dakota to take advantage of the Schar School’s proximity to D.C. and the many resources and the opportunities it presents to students. I am impressed by and appreciative of the Schar School’s programs and the quality of its instructors.

I recently joined the International Relations Policy Task Force and have participated in the international buddy program. I am also a member of the Mason chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society.