September 3rd, 2020



Sept 7   Labor day University Closed

Sept 7   Katona Scholarship Deadline

Sept 8   Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund, Sept. 9  - 15 50 % Refund

Sept 10   Houssein Abdul Sater, PhD

Sept 15   Last Day to Drop

Sept 16   Women Building Bio Conference

Sept 24   BMES Workshop: 3D Modeling and printing

Oct  12   Fall Break


Remember your Daily COVID Health Checks:




FALL 2020 Graduation Application:

Deadline: SEPTEMBER 29th, 2020


Undergraduate NEWS:



Appointments with your Bioengineering Academic Advisor and Success  Coach:
All scheduled advising appointments will be online. Use the appointment system SSC Campus -, choose Virtual and Bioengineering Major advising. Download Zoom from the ITS website for free: Feel overwhelmed? - Automagic Business Consultingthe app to your desktop. Once you make an appointment with me in SSC Campus I will send you an invitation. You can also email me.

Virtual Coffee Chat: OVERWHELMED?  Join our coffee chat on September 10th from 3-4pm. Want to complain, let off steam, feel connected or have questions. Zoom:

Walk in hours: COMING SOON.. first come first serve, location TBD.

STUDENT GUIDE 2020-2021: Find curriculum information, classes and more here.


Important: MATH 114 and MATH 214: Both Math classes have to be passed with a B- or above for the bioengineering program. If you are a transfer student and transferred any of those classes without a B- and above you are required to retake them. ENGH 302 classes can only be N (Natural Science section) or M (Multidisciplinary section)

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

FRESHMEN: STARTING Fall 2020 FRESHMEN will be assigned a Success Coach. For Bioengineering students, Claudia Borke will be your Academic Advisor and Success Coach. You are required to meet once a semester. If you have not received Campaign with a letter, the Recording Waiver and the Patriot Coaching Partnership Agreement yet, please email: [log in to unmask]


Women Building Bio Conference: Mason is a sponsor of the upcoming VA Bio Women Building Bio conference and included in our sponsorship, all Mason faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend for free using the promo code WBB2020 on the registration page:!/registration/5ja0kek/info
Women Building Bio will be held on September 16th as a half-day, virtual conference. Special guests will include Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, and our very own President Gregory Washington of George Mason University.
Science Policy Workshop: Application Deadline September 1st. Preparing Rising Scientists to navigate the Science Policy Interface. Undergraduate and Graduate Students will be selected to participate in four 2-hour workshops to learn about science policy. $200 stipends will be available for those who complete the workshop and associated activities. Workshops are on 9/17, 10/8, 10/29, 11/19. Please see more in flyer.

BENG Seminar: Sept. 10 | 12 – 1:00pm | Houssein Abdul Sater,PhD,  Immuno-oncologist & Pathologist Head, NIH, Nat’l Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Zoom link:, Meeting ID: 925 5424 9038 Passcode: 640851,

Title: Multiplex IF (MxIF), and introduction and a utility discussion from a bioengineering perspective, see abstract in attachment

For more information on our fall 202 seminar series and speakers please check attachment.

CASSBI Seminars: Look for upcoming events here.                                                                                          

BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society): Local Chapter: President: Antarjot Kaur, Organization email: [log in to unmask], Instagram: bmes_gmu, Twitter: @BmesGmu and snapchat: @Bmes_Gmu, Workshops every Thursday starting September 24th, Game Night on September 25th and Speakers, Virtual Links: TBD

Mindfulness/Meditation session | Online Mo-W  12-12:30pm and Th-Fr 12-12:20 pm WEBEX meeting number:, Meeting Number: 643418425 Password: Gmi4YX2pF5s. 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:


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].


Interdisciplinary Engineer, US Federal Drug :Oak Ridge National Laboratory Computational Science & Technology Advanced Research Studies Program (US citizenship is not required.)  

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

Job Services

Peer Mentor Center | Services schedule TBD

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


Katona Scholarship for Excellence in Bioengineering: The Katona Scholarship for Excellence in Bioengineering is available to rising seniors with a declared major in Bioengineering at George Mason University. Rising seniors means Spring/Summer or Fall 2021 graduation date. This Scholarship is open to Bioengineering students pursuing any concentration within the degree program. Students selected for the scholarship have demonstrated strong academic performance, professional leadership within the university or outside, and exceptional promise for a successful bioengineering career that would benefit society. Selection of the scholarship awardee may be based entirely on merit, however, a compelling financial need will also be considered. The annual Katona Scholarship award levels may vary from year-to-year but it is expected to be no less than $1,000.00.

To be considered, interested students should complete this form and submit it electronically to Ms. Claudia Borke (cborke@gmu,.edu) by no later than Monday September 7th, 2020 @ 11:59pm.

Application is attached.

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


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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor and Success Coach, Department of Bioengineering

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030


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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030


Student advising: Appointments

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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030


Student advising: Appointments

Vote for your advisor: