February 24th, 2021



Spring TERM: January 25 – April 30

Feb 24 URSP Application due date

Feb 25 Nathan Crook, PhD

Feb 26 Remi Veneziano, PhD

Mar 04 Pieter Cullis, PhD

May 1 University Commencement


No Spring Break


SUMMER 2021 registration priority dates:
Mar 23 Graduate and seniors 90+, Mar 25 Juniors,
Mar 29 Sophomores, Mar 31 Freshmen

CheersVOTE for the Academic Advisor of the Year:

Spring 2021 Alternate Grading Options:


Undergraduate NEWS:


CS 112 is not offered SUMMER 2021. If you had CS 112 in your 4 year plan please email Ms. Borke at [log in to unmask].

IF you planned on taking PHYS 260/2621 in fall please swap CS 112 with PHYS 260/261 and take the following Python tutorial is summer to prepare you for BENG 320 and CS 112 at the same time, you only need the first 6 sections of both of them:
Alternate Grading Options are back for Spring 2021. If you are graduating please read your options here:
Fall registration is in April. Make sure to make an appointment with your advisor now to discuss your schedule and goals.


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.

COFFEE CHAT: Monday, March 1st | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm:

Come and join me for a distanced walk around campus:

CAMPUS WALK: Tuesday, March 2nd from 12:30 - 1:30pm. Meet us in the Peterson Hall Atrium.

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.
GOWNS for GRADS for students facing financial problems. This also includes graduation photos. Please apply here: 

Event is on May 12th, application deadline is March 3rd (first round), April 5th (second Round)

Are you starting your Bachelor’s Accelerated MS in Fall 2021? Don’t forget to fill out your BAM Transition Form by March 1st 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

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

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

BENG Seminar

Feb. 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Nathan Crook, Ph.D, North Carolina State University

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005        Passcode: 454698

Title: Engineering the In Vivo Residence Times and Biomolecule Production Capacities of Probiotics


Feb. 26 | 3:00 – 4:15 pm | Remi Veneziano, Ph.D, George Mason University University

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005       

Title: Bioinspired Engineering of DNA-Based virus-like particles to study immune cell activation


March 4 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Pieter Cullis, Ph.D, University of British Columbia

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 943 449 4834        Passcode: 454698

Title: Lipid Nanoparticle (LNP) Systems for Enabling Gene Therapies: Applications for an Hereditary Disease and a COVID-19 Vaccine

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:  



Please check our BIOE site here:


Biotechnology Summer Job Opportunity

The NSLC is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals who enjoy working with high school students and have experience in the academic fields of our programs, leadership development, residential life, and/or office administration.
Job description: Team Advisors guide students through their NSLC experience. Each TA is responsible for a small group of 12-16 students. As a TA, you will: lead small group discussions and debriefs, teach academic and leadership sessions, assist Administrative staff, Professors and Leadership Facilitators with program components, serve as a chaperone during off-campus trips and evening social activities, and reside in the dormitory serving as a Resident Advisor

Eligibility: Current college sophomores – recent graduates. Current freshmen are considered for the Assistant Team Advisor positions.

Duration: June 6 – July 2, 2021

Stipend: Stipend will be given as well as housing, food, and travel expenses will be covered

For more information, please visit this website.


RISC Internship

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Initiative and internship program. This exciting paid program will pair students with mentors from UMD campus and the Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC) community, and offer the potential opportunity to be considered for future employment with the US government, to include possible sponsorship for a security clearance.

Application deadline: February 26, 2021

Duration: 10 weeks from June 1 – August 6, 2021

Stipend: Students will be paid weekly up to $1,000

Eligibility: graduate and senior undergraduate students with expertise in disciplines such as computer science, information science & engineering; mathematics & statistic; social & behavioral sciences; and library science. Students must be U.S citizens and be available full–time for the duration of the program.

For more information, click here


ORISE Internship

Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) at Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is looking for summer ORISE participants.

A SUMMER ONLY participant is an individual beginning ORISE participation on or after May 3, 2021 and ending on or before September 30, 2021 (fulfills both conditions, and is a short-term appointment not expected to continue).  SUMMER ONLY funding and application processes should only be utilized for a participant that you do NOT intend to train long-term.   Start dates for SUMMER ONLY fall on any Monday, unless that Monday is a federal holiday.  If not security cleared by that date, the participant will be deferred to start on the following Monday.

Feb. 28, 2021: OPQ Summer ORISE Request Deadline

Mar. 20, 2021: OPQ decision on summer ORISE projects

Apr. 16, 2021: Application Deadline on Zintellect

Apr. 30, 2021: CDER ORISE Portal SharePoint Approvals Deadline


2021 UGA REU Program

The NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) announces its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2021. The REU program will fund undergraduate students to work in CMaT labs in person at University of Georgia (UGA).

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

Duration: 10 weeks

Stipend: $5,000 with free housing and allowances for meals and travel

Requirements: 18 or older and a U.S citizen or permanent resident
                            Must be currently enrolled in a science or engineering undergraduate program

                            Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply
For more information, please click here

UVA Summer REU Program

The University of Virginia is hosting an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in multi-scale systems bioengineering and biomedical data sciences. The objective of the program is to train undergraduates from a variety of STEM backgrounds and provide them with the skills, confidence, and mentorship necessary for successful careers in the exciting field of systems bioengineering. All students will participate in collaborative, hands-on, and closely mentored projects in the areas of: 1) Molecular Pathways and Cellular Modeling and 2) Tissue-/Organ-/Population-Level Modeling, which will immerse them in a combination of experimentation and computational analyses. Students will acquire the practical skills, knowledge, ethical grounding, and communication skills necessary to be productive in advanced graduate study and be successfully employed in the modern biotechnology industry.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

Duration: 10 weeks from May 31 – August 7, 2021

Stipend: $6,000 with reimbursement of travel costs up to $400 and free on-campus housing and dining plan

For more information, click here


Lockheed Martin STEM 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 1, 2021

Eligibility: U.S citizens, seniors in high school, or undergraduate college students (freshmen or sophomores)

For more information, click here


LMI Science & Technology Intern Summer 2021

 LMI is a consultancy dedicated to improving the business of government, drawing from deep expertise in advanced analytics, digital services, logistics, and management advisory services.  Eligible students must be in Junior or Senior year of undergraduate studies and pursuing a major in a science, biodefense, technology or related field, have a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, have experience in gathering, analyzing, and summarizing data, be available for 10-12 weeks starting in May 2021, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, possess strong interpersonal and listening skills, contribute to a professional work environment, possess strong problem solving, time-management, and organizational skills, possess strong planning skills, initiative and attention to detail. LMI will only consider applicants who are eligible for security clearances. Only US Citizens are eligible for a security clearance. Visit here to apply for this job. Position is open until filled.

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.


Awards and Grants for graduate students from the Provost Office





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:

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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


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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Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering 

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030



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