December 1st, 2020



Dec 3   Inbal Israely, PhD

Dec 3   EWH Virtual info session with Megan Lavery

Dec 4   Senior Design Presentations (BENG 492)

Dec 4   Coffee Chat: Grading system and curriculum changes

Dec 4   PhD open house, University of Delaware

Dec 17 BIOE Graduation Ceremony

Spring TERM: January 25 – April 30


News – Today:
FALL 2020 BIOE Graduation Ceremony:
December 17th @ 12pm

The Fall 2020 Academic Options page is up and ready for review:
To select the alternative grading mode, you must OPT IN by submitting a Change of Grade Mode form


Undergraduate NEWS:



CHEMISTRY in SPRING 2021: If you can’t attend the chemistry lab in spring due to location or disability please email the Associate Chair of the chemistry department, Dr. Megan Erb ([log in to unmask]) with your Gnumber, Name and reason for your online need of the lab portion. She will add you to the non-published chemistry online lab section. You won’t be able to take the chemistry lecture without the lab at Mason.


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. You can also email me.

Coffee Chat on grading system and curriculum changes: Friday December 4th from 10:30pm – 11:30pm Do you have questions about the new grading system? Find out about some important changes to our curriculum that will affect your schedule if you are in the fall 2019 catalog year and later.
STUDENT GUIDE 2020-2021: Find curriculum information, classes and more here.


2020 Graduates! - George Mason University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 graduates on December 17.  

To get information on graduation visit:
BENG GRADUATION for Fall 2020 graduates: Our department will have a Fall 2020 graduation ceremony on December 17th at 12pm. Please connect with Randy Warren ([log in to unmask]) if you are graduating this semester. He will need your picture and other information.

Spring 2021 Graduates! – The Graduation Application is now Available on Patriot Web 

 Students must apply to graduate by February 22, 2021 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, 2021 and February 22, 2021 will be included in the May 2021 commencement program



BENG Seminar:

Dec. 3 | 12 – 1:00 pm | Inbal Israely, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY
Zoom link:,
Meeting ID: 925 5424 9038 Passcode: 640851
Title: Activity Driven Spine Structural Dynamics
CASSBI Seminars:
Look for upcoming events here.    

EWH Presentation and Q&A
Dec. 3
| 4:30 pm | Join our BENG 417 class with Megan Lavery from EWH who will discuss EWH’s work repairing medical equipment in hospitals in developing areas and their opportunities for student involvement this January and during the summer of 2021.  Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 923 2538 0617


Coffee Chat with your advisor

Dec. 4 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Do you have questions about the new grading system? Find out about some important changes to our curriculum that will affect your schedule if you are in the fall 2019 catalog year and later.


Senior Design Presentations (BENG 492)

Dec. 4 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, The guest link for the  presentations is:  You can listen in to see what our first semester students are working on.

[Flyer] PhD Open House: University of Delaware’s Biomedical Engineering
Dec. 4 | 2:00 pm, for more information please see here:

Zoom link to register:, Research focus areas in musculoskeletal biomechanics, neuroengineering & rehabilitation, drug delivery & nanomedicine, cell & tissue engineering, and disease modeling reflect areas of urgent need for discovery and translation

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: Spring schedule TBD



[Flyer] Engineering World Health Virtual Winter Institute:

Apply on our website:

  • Improve you engineering design skill
  • Join an international team of engineering students for 3 weeks
  • Learn about health challenges in low-resource settings
  • Design your solution to a global health issue
  • Dates: January 4, 2021 – January 22, 2021
  • Cost: $500/student, due ten days after acceptance

2021 CNF REU Program

During the summer of 2021, the following entities -- Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF), Center for Transportation, Environment & Community Health (CTECH), and Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) -- will work together to sponsor coordinated Research Experiences for
Undergraduates (REU) Programs from June through August.

Duration: 10 weeks

Stipend: $5,000 (plus housing and reasonable travel expenses)

For more information:


Quality Science Education Internship – Are you interested in paid internship and employment opportunities in the Life Science industries?
Deadline: December 21, 2020

Classes begin: January 11, 2021

New Pathway for Patient Health corporate members include Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. They are quite interested in the QSE program, both for recruitment of QSE students and providing the QSE curriculum to their own employees.

 The enrollment link is on the QSE student webpage:


HIVE Lab Internship

HIVE  (High Throughput 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 another 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.


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




Nashaat Rasheed graduated as our first PhD student from Mason Bioengineering. He now works for the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Service Honor Award  after being at the FDA for one year only. This is a very prestigious individual award and we are very proud of this major achievement so early in Nashaat’s career. You can find Nashaat in our LinkedIn private Bioengineering Alumni Group. Students in their senior year should connect with Bioengineering @GMU to be invited.




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. Link:

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


UCS Scholarship for Unpaid Internships: Taking an unpaid internship isn't always possible for the average Mason student, which is why we created the Scholarship for Unpaid Internships for Mason students. The application for the spring 2021 cycle of the Scholarship for Unpaid Internships are opened in Handshake.

If you meet the minimum requirements, then we encourage you to apply for scholarships of up to $1,500 to support you in your spring internship. Apply now - Deadline is December 1!

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


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