Mason has scholarly publications in numerous journals and several books, and has made presentations to various audiences over the past 30+ years. She is an active member and leader of international professional organizations such as ASTE, NARST, and NSTA, in addition to serving as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation. Four of the highlights of her career are that she received the Association for Science Teacher Education Outstanding Science Teacher Educator Award, the Perham Indiana Women of Distinction Award, the first National Space Educator Award, and the first Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.
Overall, Mason's research focus is on the relationship of cognitive, including visual/spatial thinking skills, and attitudinal factors concerning successful science teaching and learning. She is especially concerned with helping girls and persons of color succeed in the science classroom and scientific community.