January 28th, 2021



Spring TERM: January 25 – April 30

Jan 29  Summer Research Fellowships

Jan 31  SURF Deadline

Feb 01 Last Day to Add Classes

Feb 01 Last Day to Drop Classes (100% Refund)

Feb 01  Emily Petrus, Ph.D

Feb 04  Chris Rodgers, Ph.D

Feb 08  ASSIP Program deadline

Feb 15 3MT registration deadline

              BMES General Body Meetings

              Python Workshop

Feb 17-18 Spring Career Fair


No Spring Break


Monday February 1st
Last day to add classes
Last Day to drop (100% Refund)

Career Fair – February 17-18

Virtual Career Job Fair | Sussex NJ | Project Self-Sufficiency

Mason Bioengineering Annual Report:


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 GET ASSISTANCE à Bioengineering and Bioengineering Major advising. You can also email me.

Concerns about classes or other issues at Mason? Please let us know. Your information will be handled confidentially. Please follow this link:

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


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 2021 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




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

Friday, February 5th | 12:00 pm | Webex

Friday, March 5th     | 12:00 pm | Webex

Friday, April 2nd        | 12:00 pm | Webex

Python Workshop

Come and learn about Python on February 5th | 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Webex link:

BENG Seminar

Feb. 01 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Emily Petrus, Ph.D, Faculty Candidate

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005                  Passcode: 454698

Title: Functional and Specific Recruitment of Synaptic Plasticity after Unilateral Denervation


Feb. 04 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Chris Rodgers, Ph.D, Faculty Candidate

Zoom link: :

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005                  Passcode: 454698

Title: Sensorimotor strategies and neuronal representations for shape recognition

Virtual Engineering Career Panel

SAME and ASME are planning a virtual engineering career panel with top companies from the DMV area and around the country. There will be guest speakers, opportunities to connect directly with engineers, and recruitment opportunities for both internships & full-time jobs. This event is open to all engineering majors and will have representation from companies in many engineering disciplines.

Date & Time: March 4th | 12:00 pm
For more info:  


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Application

3MT® is a research communication competition where Ph.D. students present their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience using only one single visual aid—all in three minutes. This exercise encourages graduate students to think about their research from an outsider’s perspective, hones their presentation skills, and provides a forum for a cross-disciplinary exchange of exciting ideas and information.

Registration deadline: 5:00 pm, Monday, February 15, 2021

Preliminary elimination round: Friday, March 5, 2021

The Mason 3MT® competition will be held virtually as part of the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, April 9, 2021.

For more information and registration:



Please check our BIOE site here:

Aspiring Scientists’ Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Mason’s 2021 ASSIP prospective mentors include 90+ researchers in science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, social work, psychology from 24 Mason academic units. Summer internship stipends may be available through Mason Career Services.

Duration: 8 weeks

Application deadline: 12:00 am, Monday, Feb. 8th, 2021

Email: [log in to unmask]



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.
Deadline: February 17th,2021

Duration: 10 weeks

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

For more information:


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.


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Engineering -

We are now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. 

Application deadline: February 15th, 2021

Eligibility: Undergrad students majoring in science or engineering

                   U.S citizen or permanent resident (Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply)

Award: $5,000 stipend, $500 travel allowance, room and board


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) –

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10-week fellowship program starting in June 2021 to support undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research. Each fellow will be matched to a laboratory led by a FCVC faculty member and participate in nationally recognized research in areas such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure

Application Opens: December 14, 2020

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

Email: [log in to unmask]



Awards and Grants for graduate students from the Provost Office




Rachel O’Connell had an internship with the PCTEST Lab. See her story here:

“The process of finding and getting an internship had a lot of steps which led to success. First, I spoke with a bunch of professors (i.e. Professor Eugene Kim), friends, and other professionals (ex: the career center at GMU) to help me refine my resume and build my CV. Once I was armed with these papers, I started beefing up my LinkedIn account and applied to 30 internships over the course of the Fall 2020 semester. I finally won an internship with PCTEST lab at Element Materials Technology in Maryland!


In my internship I am currently working on Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) analysis for mobile devices under the purview of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It involves generating bio-signals from radio frequencies via a call box and doing subsequent tests on that data using computer programs and lab testing. If you'd like to know more about PCTEST, I encourage people to look at our home website at Also, please contact me via email if you would like to hear more about my story and how I made it happen.“

If you have questions for Rachel, please connect with her through our Bioengineering LinkedIn site or email Claudia Borke ([log in to unmask]). Rachel will be graduating 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].



CAREER FAIR February 17/18: Prepare for the Career Fair:

Job and Mason Tutoring Services

Peer Mentor Center VSE | For appointments:

Or check out

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


Summer Research Fellowships

These fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing them to devote significant time to their dissertation or thesis research.  The award fosters greater professional productivity and assists in timely degree completion. 

Application deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

The application portal can be found here


Lockheed Martin Scholarship

Lockheed Martin’s STEM Scholarship program awards hundreds of renewable $10,000 scholarships to students seeking 4-year STEM degrees in engineering, computer science and physics!

Application deadline: April, 1st, 2021

For more info:


SWE Scholarship

In 2020, the Society of Women Engineers awarded nearly 260 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $1,000,000. SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a female/woman and are pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree in engineering, engineering technology and computer science both in the United States and internationally.

If you will be a sophomore through Ph.D. candidate in the 2020-2021 academic year, apply online for a SWE Scholarship now through February 15, 2021. If you will be a freshman in the upcoming fall semester, you may apply March 1 through May 1, 2021Learn more on our SWE scholarships page.

Students complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The application process is entirely online including submission of recommendation letters and transcripts.

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


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PHONE: 703-993-4190,  Leave message 24/7 and I will return your call


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George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030


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