October 6th, 2020



Sept 14 – Nov 14     Virtual Interviewing

Oct 7     Prepare for the Fair Workshop

Oct 8     Haichong Zhang, Ph.D

Oct 8-9  Career Fair

Oct  12  Regular Classes – NO Fall Break

Oct 15   Practice Interview Day

Oct 15   Conrad Russel Cruz, Ph.D

Oct 21   URSP Proposal Writing Workshop

Oct 22   Mariaelena Pierobon, Ph.D

Oct 28   Career Night

Oct 28   URSP Proposal Submissions

Nov 5    Practice Interview Day


Career Fair:
October 8th – STEM DAY
You have to register for the fair here:

Prep for fair:

Advisor Coffee Chat TOMORROW:
Spring 2021 registration and BIOE classes
11:00 – 12:00pm:


Undergraduate NEWS:



NEW: Do you have concerns about classes or other issues at Mason? Please let us know. Your information will be handled confidentially. Please follow this link:

Appointments with your Bioengineering Academic Advisor and Success  Coach:
All scheduled advising appointments will be online. Use the appointment system SSC Campus -, choose GET ASSISTANCE à Virtual and Bioengineering Major advising. Download Zoom from the ITS website for free: the 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.

Coffee Chat:  Join me for a chat about upcoming registration on October 7th from 11:00-11:30pm.
STUDENT GUIDE 2020-2021: Find curriculum information, classes and more here.

Fall Break currently scheduled for Monday, October 12, will be transformed into an instructional day and regularly scheduled Monday classes will meet that day. Tuesday classes will meet on Tuesday, October 13. (As previously scheduled, Monday classes would have met on Tuesday.) 

BENG Seminar:

Oct. 8 | 12 – 1:00 pm | Haichong Kai Zhang, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Robotics Engineering, Founder of Medical FUSION Laboratory, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
Zoom link:,
Meeting ID: 925 5424 9038 Passcode: 640851
Listening to the Sound of Light with A Robot: Molecular Photoacoustic Imaging and Robotic Instrumentation

Oct. 15 | 12 – 1:00 pm | Conrad Russel Cruz, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University, Washington, DC. 
Zoom link:,
Meeting ID: 925 5424 9038 Passcode: 640851
Cell Therapies for HIV and Cancer

Oct. 22 | 12 – 1:00 pm | Mariaelena Pierobon, M.D, Associate Professor, School of System Biology and Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Zoom link:,
Meeting ID: 925 5424 9038 Passcode: 640851
Advancing Precision Medicine Using “Omics” – Based Approaches

For more information on our fall 2020 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
BMES General Body Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 15 | 5:30 pm |
Thursday, Nov. 12
| 5:30 pm |


Non-presenting students can register for the BMES at the discounted rate of $99! The BMES2020 Limited Access pass includes access to the live-streamed platform and plenary sessions, as well as social/networking events taking place October 14-17, 2020.
The Exhibit Hall is a great opportunity to speak directly with many departments about their graduate and postdoctoral programs!


AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) Virtual Resume Workshop: The link to register for your individual time slot is here:
AFCEA’s mission:

AFCEA provides a forum for military, government, and industry communities to collaborate so that technology and strategy align with the needs of those wo serve. In short, it is where industry expertise meets government needs. 


Virtual Open House Events:

Oct. 30 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | EST The MS-MPE program at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to provide students didactic and experiential learning opportunities aimed at accelerating translation of innovative ideas into impactful medical products. Pittsburgh is a hub for healthcare and biomedical innovation.  Students in our MS-MPE program work closely with clinical and engineering leaders on innovative projects that have a potential to change the field of healthcare delivery, while learning best practices from industry professionals.

RSVP to [log in to unmask] for login information. In your RSVP, include:

Name: First & Last


Year: Junior/Senior/Other

Email address:

Preferred Open House Date: September 25 or October 30

Questions (optional):


Life Sciences Future-BioPharm Conference: Dr. Marla Phillips and two QSE students will be presenting this year! They will be discussing the Quality Science Education Program and their experiences. Our Mason Bioengineering department is offering the program through Pathway for Patient Health and this offers an opportunity to learn more about it.  Mason BIOE students may register for FREE!  There is NO COST for students to attend the conference.  The organizers also placed it on Handshake throughout the United States.

The student registration link is here:



OSCAR’S Undergraduate Research Scholars Program:  The application for the program is now open! The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor.  Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects, in addition to developing relevant academic and professional skills. More information can be found here in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Oct. 21, 6:00 pm: URSP Proposal Writing Workshop

Oct. 28: URSP Proposal Submissions deadline



[Flyer] The Navel Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) – Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2020:

[Flyer] National Security Agency Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST): Application Deadline: Oct. 31st, 2020,


BENG UG Research Opportunities: Follow this link or copy and paste this address: , we are not adding any opportunities for this semester.


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 a confirmation for information release: [log in to unmask].




Job and Mason Tutoring Services

Peer Mentor Center VSE | For appointments:

Please see attachment for links and times or use

University Career Services | University Career Services is now virtual. You can also schedule an appointment on Handshake. Our industry advisor is Ms. Dorothy Hayden.

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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