March 24th , 2021



Spring TERM: January 25 – April 30

Mar 25     Matthew O’Donnell, Ph.D

Mar 25     Summer Registration for Juniors

Mar 27     BMES Local Conference

Mar 29     Summer Registration for Sophomores

Mar 31     Summer Registration for Freshmen

April 1      Rosemary Kozar, Ph.D

April 9      BIOE Faculty Research Symposium

May 13    BIOE Spring graduation, 12pm

May 14    University Commencement, 2pm


Spring 2021 Alternate Grading Options:


BMES Local Conference
March 27th| 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

BIOE Faculty Research Symposium
April 9, 2021 – 9:00 am – 11:35 am

FALL 2021 registration priority dates:
4/20:  Graduate
4/22: Seniors (90+ credits earned)
4/26: Juniors (60-89 credits earned)
4/28: Sophomores (30-59 credits earned)
4/30: Freshmen (0-29 credits earned)


Undergraduate NEWS:


Study Elsewhere: Do you plan to take a class in summer elsewhere and not at Mason? Make sure to complete a Study Elsewhere form by April 15th and send to Claudia Borke ([log in to unmask]). The class has to be approved by the UG dean’s office and the respective department/college BEFORE you can take the class.

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.
Get to know your fellow bioengineers:

Come and join me for a distanced walk around campus:

CAMPUS WALK: Thursday, March 25th 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 Graduation: Please check with our bookstore. Students facing financial problems can borrow free gowns and have their graduation photo taken. Please apply here: 

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



BMES LOCAL CONFERENCE – Please register to learn from professors (GMU, Georgetown, Hopkins and more) and local industry reps all organized by our local BMES

Saturday, March 27th| 9:00 am – 2:30 pm |Schedule and Link to the event:

Register to see the latest research of our faculty. This is a great opportunity for all students to find out what our faculty is working on and how to select your concentration.

Agenda and registration:



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, April 2nd        | 12:00 pm | Webex

BENG Seminar

March 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Matthew O’Donnell, Ph.D, University of Washington
Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005       Passcode: 454698

Title: Light and Sound: Integrating Photonics with Ultrasonics


April 1st | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Rosemary Kozar, Ph.D, University of Maryland
Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 988 0549 4005       Passcode: 454698

Title: Endotheliopathy, from Bench to Bedside


Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity

Monday, March 29 | 10:00 am | Dani Dumitriu, Ph.D, Columbia University
Zoom link:

Title: – Dissecting behavior in the era of circuit mapping

Health and Science Industry Week

Health and Science Industry Week is coming up the week of March 29 – April 2
University Career Services has developed a week of specialized events including a
 Career Fair to help you break into the health and science industries! Make sure to check your emails from Handshake to view all the details.

Preparing for Clinical Health Careers | Mon, March 29th | 2:00 – 3:00 pm |
Meet with and learn from a variety of clinical health professionals in this virtual panel event! We’ll have representatives in medicine, physical therapy, physician assisting, and clinical counseling! 

Making Your Way in Health & Sciences | Mon, March 29th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm |
Participants will learn where and how to get started in exploring a career in the health & sciences, learn about academic options & activities and obtain resources to aid in identifying possible careers/occupations. Participants will obtain links to activities for self-assessment, be able to plan their next step, and become aware of other events they can attend to learn more specifically about a particular career. 

National Institutes of Health/NIAID Information Session | Tues, March 30th | 1:00 – 2:00 pm |
Join this live, interactive workshop with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Learn about work and research at the second largest Institute of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and find out how you can secure a student opportunity, or even a career. This event will be hosted virtually and will also be available to stream in-person in SUB I, Room 3400. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Register here:

She Scientists | Tues, March 30th | 5:30 – 6:30 pm |
Women are underrepresented in STEM fields. Connect with these professional women in the sciences to learn about their careers, how they’ve put their degree to work, and how you can, too! 

Green and Sustainable Career Mini-Conference | Thurs, April 1 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm |
A multi-faceted mini-conference for students to engage with sustainability professionals on a variety of career development topics including career planning, writing effective application materials, and job searching. You’ll engage with working professionals in the field who are living their ‘green’ dream. This event will kick-off Earth Month & is in partnership with the Office of Sustainability.

Alternative Careers in Biology | Fri, April 2nd | 10:30 – 11:30 am |
Pursuing a Biology degree, and not going to medical school? Come to this session to learn how other Biology majors navigated their career journey to successfully land their ideal job.

College of Health & Human Services Alumni – The Path from Degree to Career | Fri, April 2nd | 2:00 – 3:00 pm |
Engage virtually with alumni from the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) to learn how they navigated the “world of work” post-graduation! You’ll gain first-hand accounts on how our alumni utilize their Mason education in the health industry. This event is in partnership with CHHS.   



Please check our BIOE site here:


Configuration Analyst/Front-End Developer Intern
As a Configuration Analyst/Front-End Developer Intern at Vibrent Health You will be a member of the Implementation Services team. You will help other Configuration Analysts in configuring ground-breaking digital health research program surveys, content and experiences similar to Drupal or WordPress.
Application deadline: October 10, 2021 at 2:45 pm
Estimated salary: $12.00/hour
US work authorization: Will sponsor a work visa and accepts OPT/CPT

For more information, please visit:


Biomedical/Computation Research Opportunity in NYC

We are looking for highly motivated Bioengineering students at George Mason University that are genuinely interested in computational/biomedical research to join the Tsankov lab ( at Mount Sinai in New York City. Our lab focuses on using novel single-cell technologies and advanced computational analysis to study human stem cell differentiation, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases.

Job responsibilities: Process and analyze NGS and other biomedical data using established pipelines

                                    Develop and benchmark new tools for NGS and single cell data analysis

                                    Collaborate with researchers in interpretation of data

                                    Participate in the preparation of manuscripts, grants, and presentations

Requirements: BS, MS, or Ph.D in computer science, comp bio, or other quantitative discipline

                           Team oriented with abilities to think creatively and work independently

                           Excellent written and verbal communication skills

                           Programming/scripting skills in R. Python/Jupyter, Perl, Unix, and/or LSF

                           Training in machine learning, statistical modeling, and NGS genomic analysis a plus

                           A genuine love for science and people

Benefits: Career development opportunities

                 Subsidized housing for students and postdoc, recreational programs/activities

                 Health, dental, and vision insurance

                 Compensation will be commensurate with experience

Application requirements: A CV with a list of publications and research experiences

                                               A short summary of your present and future research interests to Alex Tsankov ([log in to unmask])

For more information please visit our lab’s website,


Local Life Science Internship and Job Opportunities:

ZeoVation’s R&D Lab

ZeoVation's R&D lab is seeking two post-doctoral fellows to work on antimicrobial additives. Click here for more information on this position. Please contact CEO Bo Wang ([log in to unmask]) if you are interested in applying.
Aarthi Narayanan’s Lab

Aarthi Narayanan's lab, located in Mason's Biomedical Research Lab in Manassas, VA is seeking to hire a post-doctoral research fellow in Virology. Please click here to view the position description.


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.


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:

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


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.


Contact Us

General: 703-993-5846, [log in to unmask]


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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor and Success Coach

EMAIL: [log in to unmask]

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


STUDENTS: Please use your MasonLive e-mail. Include name and G number!


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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering 

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030



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