April 7st ,  2020



April 6-9 Health and Science Industry Week

Please check all new due dates for Spring 2020 here:


Please see new guidelines for STUDY ELSEWHERE and for MATH 114/ 214 with the new grading option below
SUMMER Registration: Graduate and SR 4/15, JU 4/16, SO 4/17, FR 4/18

FALL Registration: Graduate 4/28, SR 4/30, JU 5/4, SO 5/6, FR 5/8


Undergraduate NEWS:



Grading Options for Spring 2020 semester: Please read the Q&As in the end, they will answer all of your immediate questions:
Instructions for Changing Grade Mode:
To view the web tutorial, click here:

Log into Patriot Web (

Click on the Student Services tab

Click on the Registration link

Click on the Registration & Planning link

Click on the Register for Classes link

Select Spring 2020 as the Term

Click on the Schedule and Options tab

In the list of sections, click in the Grade Mode column and select “Credit/Non-Credit (COVID19)”

Scroll to the bottom and click Submit


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, April 10th 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.

Group Advising for Students for calendar years BEFORE Fall 2019 - Wednesday, April 8th at 10:30-11:30 am, Webex: | 319973460

MATH 114 and MATH 214 and the alternate grading scale:

With the implementation of the new grading scale option, the department of Bioengineering decided to waive the B- prerequisite in MATH 114 and/or MATH 214 for students choosing the XS (Extraordinary Circumstances – Satisfactory) option for spring 2020. This will also apply to students retaking the course.


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.



Even though Mason is offering Virtual Classes Only in summer 2020 you can still submit your study elsewhere forms but need to submit an extra document to state your reasons, for example: Summer class is not offered at Mason but elsewhere. Please fill out a STUDY ELSEWHERE form at your earliest convenience. No class credit without prior approval. Unfortunately, financial circumstances as a reason to study elsewhere won’t be accepted. Deadline at my office or April 15th.


IEEE has provided us with free access to the vast majority of their online courses until the end of May 2020.  You can access the courses from this webpage:


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



Health and Science Industry Week Events:
A Day in the Life of a Scientist  Monday, April 6: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Interested in learning more about careers in the sciences? Meet virtually with professionals who are currently working in forensic science, biology, and spatial intelligence to hear what their day-to-day looks like and to learn what it takes to land a job in those fields!  You’ll hear from:  Amara Drew – Forensic Scientist I at Idaho State Police Forensic Services 
Sarah Weiskopf – Biologist at United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) 
Tiffany Morris – Outreach Program Manager at National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)  
Join via Webex:
Health Alumni: The Path from Degree to Career Tuesday, April 7: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Engage virtually with College of Health & Human Services alumni to learn how they’ve navigated the “world of work” post-graduation! You’ll gain first-hand accounts on how our alumni utilize their Mason education in the health industry. This event is sponsored by George Mason University Alumni Association; all those who attend the entire event will have a chance to win a $100 gift card! You’ll hear from:   Christine Koehmstedt, BIS ‘15, MPH ‘18 – Senior Health System Analyst at MITRE Corporation 
Christopher Miller, BSN ‘15 – Electrophysiology Program Manager at Virginia Heart 
Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW ‘14 – Social Worker at D.C. Child and Family Services Agency 
Joanne C. Langan, PhD, RN, CNE MSN ’94, PhD ‘99 – Professor & Former Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Pre-Licensure Nursing Education; Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness & RN Return to Practice at Saint Louis University School of Nursing 
Join via Webex:

Sustainability Careers Thursday, April 9: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Want to learn more about jobs in the sustainability industry? Connect with several professionals in the sustainability space to gain industry insights and to ask them your career questions!  You’ll hear from:  Caitlin Lundquist – Sustainability Program Manager at Sodexo 
Hannah Ashenafi – Vice Chair of Baltimore-Washington Air & Waste Management Association chapter 
Ashley Palmer – Conservation Education Specialist at Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District 
Join via Webex: 

BENG Seminar |

CASSBI Seminars: Look for upcoming events here.                                                                                          

BMES: Election Outcomes: President: Antarjot Kaur, Vice President of Extracurricular Activities and Events: Abdulaziz Alaraini, Vice President of Communications: Holly To, Treasurer: Renae Bitor, Marketer: Allison Wells, Secretary: Xander Boit

Mindfulness/Meditation session | Online Mo, Th, Fr 12-12:45pm WEBEX meeting number: 643418425 Password: Gmi4YX2pF5s. AND Tu, March 27th, 12-12:45pm. Come and join the Mason community for an opportunity to pause, breathe, relax, and be in a kind, supportive, loving space.

Six questions to ask yourself for a healthier quarantine mindset: 


VOLUNTEERING: Fairfax County: Volunteers needed for grocery shopping, to assist with Meals on Wheels (both scheduling and delivery), to drive elderly and disabled adults to medical appointments, and to make virtual social visits. For more information visit here:

Learn To Be:  a national nonprofit connecting low-income K-12 students across the united states with volunteer tutors through an online platform. Students would have the choice to tutor in whatever subjects they would like from the comfort of their home on their own schedules. Contact Dan Tran for more information [log in to unmask]


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


Have you checked out our new alumni page:
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].

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] 

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.


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