March 25th ,  2020


April 03      Incomplete work due to Instructor

Please check all new due dates for Spring 2020 here:


Accommodations to grading policies for undergraduate students for the Spring 2020 semester, see below.

Summer Registration and Calendar Dates changed:

FALL Registration and Calendar have changed:


Undergraduate NEWS:



Accommodations to grading policies for undergraduate students for the Spring 2020 semester: Incomplete grades for students with extenuating circumstances with a deadline for the end of fall 2020 semester. Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In: Each student registered in A-F graded courses is able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they want to receive a letter grade in the class or if they will receive an alternative grade. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. The registrar is aiming for an early April launch of this new modality but will be sending out more information to all students. A deadline for choosing this new mode has not been established yet.

Appointments with your Advisor:
All scheduled advising appointments will be online. Use the appointment system SSC Campus -, choose Virtual and Bioengineering Major advising. WebEx link: Download the app to your desktop. Once you make an appointment with me in SSC Campus I will send you an invitation.

Virtual Coffee Chat: Friday, March 27th from 2-2:30pm.         Claudia Borke's Personal Room: | 319973460 Do you have any general questions? This is a group video call to answer questions and hang out.

Office Hours: Weekly Fridays from 2:30 -3:30 pm, Webex: | 319973460 , first come first serve, your virtual lobby will be the waiting room.

Coming up: Group Advising for Students, TBD

Free online learning student success videos are available until April 17th, 2020:

*       Go2Orientation (Go2O) - Orientation For Online Learners
Go2O provides a dynamic onboarding experience to prepare students to take classes online. Using captivating animations and student interviews, our unique approach delivers relevant & timely information tailored to student needs. Go2O consists of learning modules on such topics as procrastination, making engaging posts, studying for online classes, online test-taking strategies, staying motivated during your online class and more.

*       StudentLingo (SL) - Online Student Success Workshops
After completing the orientation, students will have access to 20 additional workshops to make sure they can access support resources at any time and from any location. These workshops include time management, stress management, setting & accomplishing goals, test anxiety, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and more. To access online resources, visit (<>)

        Students can reach Psychological Services at the CAPS website CAPS' website<>, where you can learn about:

*       How to reach a counselor for the remainder of this semester
*       TAO, Therapist Assisted Online program
*       Virtual services and workshops available
*       Links to additional resources for coping with COVID-19

FRESHMEN: STARTING Fall 2020, BENG 320 will be a prerequisite for BENG 330/331. Students who plan on taking BENG 230 in fall or spring please open the attached new Fall 2020 curricula. Adjust your schedule, email Claudia Borke if you have questions or see her for advising.


Taking Summer Courses away from Mason? Please fill out a STUDY ELSEWHERE<> form at your earliest convenience. No class credit without prior approval. The form must include a valid reason of why you can't take the class at Mason. Unfortunately, financial circumstances won't be accepted. Deadline at my office or April 15th.


BENG Seminar | Eugene KIm, Ph.D. | Term Faculty Candidate, Thursday Mar. 26 | Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Location: Webex Virtual: Meeting number (access code): 615 297 515, Meeting Password: BENG,  Join by phone: +1-415-655-0003<tel:%2B1-415-655-0003,,*01*615297515%23%23*01*> US Toll, +1-202-860-2110<tel:%2B1-202-860-2110,,*01*615297515%23%23*01*> United States Toll (Washington D.C.), Global call-in numbers<>,

Title: Pressure & Fluid Statics: A Teaching Demo on Biofluids Transport

CASSBI Seminars: Look for upcoming events here<>.


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


BENG UG Research Opportunities: Follow this link-<> or copy and paste this address:


Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar: Mason Engineering Professors find innovative ways to continue research while labs are closed:

Did you have an internship last summer and would like to tell us about it? Is your senior design group on the brink of making a global impact or you would like to share your lab experience here in the newsletter? Please email a short summary, picture and fill out the attached release form and send to: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Do you have a Linkedin account? Check out what Linked in can do for you:

Job Services

Peer Mentor Center | Services will resume March 23rd  on the existing schedule but online via WebEx. Access instructions will be provided by VSE Undergraduate Student Services: M-TH from 10am - 6pm and F from 10am - 2pm |

University Career Services | University Career Services is now virtual. You can also schedule an appointment on Handshake.<>

Major/Career Exploration and Job/Internship Search Assistance:
Schedule a phone or video chat appointment through Handshake<>

Resume Reviews: Email your resume or cover letter for review, along with the position description of the job for which you're applying, to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Workshops and Employer Events: Check the calendar in Handshake<> for virtual career events

Top Three Digital Career Resources:

With your Mason Net ID and password you have complete access to premium digital platforms designed to augment your career readiness preparation. Here are the top three we recommend:

*       InterviewStream<>: the perfect tool for a practice interview
*       Vault<>: your go-to resource for employer and industry research
*       LinkedIn Learning<>: a seemingly endless stream of educational programs, including certifications


The Volgenau School of Engineering offers several scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Contact Us<>

General Phone: 703-993-5846<>

Advising - Claudia Borke:703-993-4190<>

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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor

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STUDENTS: Please use your MasonLive e-mail. Include name and G number!


Frequently Used Forms and Websites:

Declare concentration: (Fill out top and enter new concentration in "advisor use only" box)

Run Degree evaluation/audit:

How to check how other courses transfer to Mason:

Mason Core:

Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering

George Mason University

Volgenau School of Engineering

3102 Peterson Hall

4400 University Drive, MS 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030

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