March 10th , 2021



Spring TERM: January 25 – April 30

Mar 18     Eva Dyer, PhD

Mar 27     BMES Local Conference

May 13    BIOE Spring graduation, 12pm

May 14    University Commencement, 2pm

May 25    Matthew O’Donnell, Ph.D


Spring 2021 Alternate Grading Options:


BIOE Faculty Career Advising Panel:
Friday, March 12th from 9am - 10am

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


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.


Mason has strong showing in U.S. News graduate program rankings, led by  security studies and part-time law | George Mason UniversityAppointments 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:

BIOE MIXER: Wednesday, March 24th | 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm:

Come and join me for a distanced walk around campus:

CAMPUS WALK: Thursday, March 11th 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)




BIOE Faculty Career Advising Panel: Join us in a discussion about internships, applications, burn out, graduate programs. Ask questions to your professors. We will be joined by the prehealth advisor, Ms. Mimi Qurashi and our new Industry internship coordinator Dr. Carolyn Wilson.

Friday, March 12th |9:00am - 10:00 am|
Meeting ID: 938 8839 3862   Passcode: 762647

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 Local Conference

Saturday, March 27th| 9:00 am – 2:30 pm |Agenda and Link to come

BMES General Body Meetings

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

BENG Seminar

March 18 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm |Eva Dyer, Ph.D, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 943 449 4834        Passcode: 454698

Title: Representation Learning and Alignment in Biological and Artificial Neural Networks

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

Meeting ID: 943 449 4834        Passcode: 454698

Title: Light and Sound: Integrating Photonics with Ultrasonics


Panel organized by BIOE student Akhil Srirama: Is FDA Oversight Too Much?

Friday, March 19th | 2:00 – 3:00 pm |EST

Click here to access to Zoom link.

Panel Members: Akhil Srirama – BIOE Mason, Michael Punaro - Electrical Engineering Major at Virginia Tech, Andrew Jordan – Business Major at William and Mary, Steve Niedelman – Former Deputy Associate Commissioner of FDA.  Currently the Lead Quality System and Compliance Consultant at King and Spalding, Jessica Zeller – Former Office of Chief Counsel at FDA.  Former FDA Ombudsman.  Former Senior Counsel at P&G.  Current Director of Regulatory Counsel at Edwards

The history of FDA regulations shows that death and injury occurred inadvertently and intentionally prior to the days of regulations. Covered wagons would pull up to towns with the new cure for cancer (back in the early 1900’s!).  Companies were not required to prove that their products were safe, nor that they could do what was claimed.  Now that we have FDA regulations, we see that some product types are regulated more heavily than others, and some not at all.  But what is too much?  Does FDA regulation hinder free enterprise and cause conglomerates and monopolies for only the companies that can afford the billions of dollars it takes to develop a pharmaceutical product?  Join this panel for some great dialogue on questions that many are asking.


Resilience Badge – We are all suffering from COVID fatigue. The program helps you develop existing individual resilience by presenting new strategies and bringing the science of resilience into the conversation.

Module 1-3 | Interactive Live Zoom Sessions | RVSP required

All sessions 4:30 – 5:45

Module 1: March 24, link:

Module 2: April 12, link: (Prereq: Module 1)

Module 3: April 21, link: (Prereqs: Module 2&3)


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.

March 4th | 12:00 pm
For more info:  



Please check our BIOE site here:


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.


Introduction to Security Clearances (Clearance Ready program) | Thursday, March 4 | 6-7pm


Virtual Practice Interview Day (sponsored by University Career Services)
Deadline: March 18
Link: .


OSCAR Launches Research and Mentoring Program with MITRE

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) recently launched a new pilot program with the MITRE Corporation. Students accepted in the program will have the opportunity to assist with corporate research as well as be mentored by MITRE employees.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 16

Stipend: Students will be paid through federal work-study

MITRE interest areas include: AI; Data Science; Health Informatrics; Biotechnology; Climate and Energy; Cybersecurity; Microelectronics; Advanced Manufacturing; Quantum Comuting; Acquisitions; and Next Generation Communications Networks.

For more information, please search for MITRE Mason Mentoring positions by searching MITRE on Handshake.


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.


Veterans Health Administration – Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a unique career opportunity in Biomedical (Clinical) Engineering that invites qualified candidates with drive and commitment to serve a very special class of citizens – our nation’s Veterans.

Program description: The Technical Career Field (TCF) Trainee Program is a two-year program that develops Biomedical Engineers to be effective Program Managers in a VA Medical Center. These fulltime positions provide salary, benefits, focused training and travel. Upon completion of the program, the Biomedical Engineer will either stay at the training site if a position is available or relocate to a different VA Medical Center within the United States where he/she will assume the full responsibilities of a practicing Biomedical Engineer.

Qualifications: B.S/B.E., M.S./M.E., or higher degree earned by Sept. 1st , 2021 in any Engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program, Biomedical/Clinical Engineering degrees preferred. U.S. citizenship required. U.S. Veterans welcome.

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Link to apply: USAJOBS - Job Announcement


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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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering 

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030



VOTE for the Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year here:

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Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering 

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030



VOTE for the Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year here:

Student advising: Appointments

Forms for undergraduate students:



Claudia Borke

Academic Advisor, Department of Bioengineering 

George Mason University

3102 Peterson Hall, 4400 University Drive, 1J7

Fairfax, VA 22030



Student advising: Appointments

Forms for undergraduate students: