December 10th ,  2019



December 11-18  Exam Period

December 19        Winter Graduation

                                3-Minute Thesis

IMPORTANT for Fall 2020 GRADUATES: BENG 420/520 may NOT be taught in FALL 2020. Please rearrange your schedules for Spring 2020!


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REGISTRATION:  Please read attached Important Information for Bioengineering Spring 2020 Registration! IMPORTANT CHANGE: Beng 420/520 may not be taught in Fall 2020. Please rearrange your schedules for Spring 2020!

SPRING 2020 Registration: Departmental Controls will be on the following classes BENG 214, BENG 230, BENG 241, BENG 320, BENG 330/331, BENG 370/371, BENG 420, meaning you won’t be able to register until we officially lift the controls. This is to prevent students to register without the necessary prerequisites. Controls will be lifted Monday, January 6th at 10 am. Students who need any of these classes to graduate in Spring 2020 email me for an override.


Winter 2019 Graduates: Ceremony is Dec. 19th at Eagle Bank Arena. Important information about timelines and the entire graduation process can be found at .

Spring and Summer 2020 Graduates: Make sure to make an appointment with Claudia Borke to go over degree audit and classes BEFORE Spring registration. The Spring 2020 graduation application is now available on Patriot Web.  Students must apply to graduate by February 23, 2020 to have their names printed in the commencement program.  Summer 2020 graduates should not apply for Spring graduation.  Instead, students who apply for Summer graduation between January 29, 2020 and February 23, 2020 will be included in the commencement program.



MATH 114 and MATH 214 need to be passed with a B- and above in the department of bioengineering.


BMES: Consider becoming a member of the national Biomedical Engineering Society. Only $30/ year for student membership. How to register for the local BMES chapter:  Go to Mason 360, search BMES or click on the Groups & Organizations icon which takes you to the BMES page. Click the blue JOIN button. This is an opportunity to mingle with BIOE students, network, go to conferences, help , fundraise and have fun.


Mindfulness/Meditation session | Tuesdays | 12:00-12:45pm | JC Rm 234 | Come and join the Mason community for an opportunity to pause, breather, relax, and be in a kind, supportive, loving space.

3-Minute Thesis | Mason will be participating in the 3-Minute Thesis competition . Registration is open and will continue until February 7, 2020.

                                The 3MT is about effectively communicating your dissertation research to a non-technical audience in 3 minutes or less and with at most one slide.  A preliminary round will be held in the Spring and only the top ten finalists will advance to the final round to be held on March 27, 2020.  Prizes range from $500-$1000



Internship Opportunity for Summer 2020 or semester work available at the HIVE lab:
Summary: HIVE  (High-performance Integrated Virtual Environment) is a powerful platform for building genome analysis pipelines. HIVE is the bioinformatics tool used by the FDA to research and evaluate clinical trials and other research, and GWU maintains the only operational clone of this platform. There are several projects in our group, the flagship project is BioCompute, which aims to standardize the communication of bioinformatic workflows. An instance of a workflow written in the BioCompute format is called a BioCompute Object (BCO). Currently there are a few potential projects that students can help with: Build and test next generation sequencing pipelines on Amazon Web Services (AWS) using HIVE, record these pipelines as BCOs, helping to lead training workshops at the FDA to gather feedback and improve the BioCompute specification (networking opportunity for students), HIVE testing and maintenance, building and testing the BCO Editor (test version here), building and maintaining our website
Skills and abilities needed: Exposure to biology subject matter and a strong desire to learn bioinformatics, or previous work/school experience with bioinformatics. Dedication to a project and the ability to see it through to completion. Problem solving disposition; a tendency to look for solutions when challenges arise.
Skills and abilities preferred, depending on project: Python, HTML/CSS, and/or JavaScript; Social personality: Students may be asked to learn the software and help the lab show other people how to use it and gather feedback from them. They may even have an opportunity for someone to do some of the speaking at one of these events, depending on skillset. Strong communication skills required. Database architecture experience. AWS and/or Galaxy work experience
Pay: Unpaid
Time: 10 hours per week are preferred during the semester, flexible depending on course load and other responsibilities; mandatory group meeting 11AM-Noon Mondays
Summer: 20 hours per week; mandatory group meeting 11AM-Noon Mondays
Location: GWU Foggy Bottom Campus (Ross Hall, 2300 Eye St. NW)

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The Volgenau School of Engineering offers several scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program – The program is for Vietnamese American students

Timeline: 01/01/20 – 02/15/20: Online portal open for receiving applications

                  02/16/20 – 04/25/20: Application review and candidate selection for interviews

                  05/15/20: Scholarship announcement for academic year 2020-2021

                  06/06/20: Scholarship Award Ceremony

Each scholarship will be $2000 for Gold Prize and $1000 for Silver Prize. The scholarship is renewable annually for up to 4 years, for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree

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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor

Volgenau School of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering

3102 Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall, 1J7

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 993-4190

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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030


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