Graduate Academic Advising

Academic advising staff are available in the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office to provide advice and answer questions about the graduate programs in Bioengineering. By consulting with advisors, prospective, incoming, and continuing (current) students can obtain answers to questions on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Admission to the graduate programs
  • Program requirements and courses 
  • Planning course schedules
  • Important deadlines and time limits
  • Campus and departmental graduate policies and procedures
  • Academic and non-academic resources available to students 

Prospective Students: Reach out to an advisor via email at In your email please include which graduate degree program(s) you are interested in so advisors can better assist you.

Incoming and Continuing Students: Please reach out to your respective advisor for advising via email or to request a one-on-one advising appointment offered either in-person or via Zoom. Additionally, students may have their questions addressed in weekly Zoom Office Hours hosted by staff advisors; please check your email regularly to be notified of the schedule. 

Ph.D. Students 
Vanessa Hollingsworth  
Coordinator of Graduate Affairs      
M.S. and M.Eng. Students
Sandra Marqas
MS/MEng Coordinator  

Graduate Funding and Employment
Campus partners and students, please send all funding and student employment related emails/inquiries to: so they may be addressed by the Bioengineering Graduate Financial Support Administrator. 

The Bioengineering Graduate Financial Support Administrator can assist with question including, but not limited to:

  • Funded students (GSRs, trainees, fellows) who have questions about their pay and tuition/ fee payments
  • BENG TAs who have questions about their pay and TA Tuition Remission payment
  • Requests for letters verifying employment or funding/ financial support
  • Requests for dept documents for external award applications
  • Clarification about department funding policies
  • Notification of an external award-- please reach out if a new external award, such as an NSF GRFP, F30/F31, AHA, etc. has been received 
  • Faculty requesting to support a Bioengineering student
  • Campus partners requesting to hire a Bioengineering student

Contact information for Graduate Financial Support Administrator:
Justine Garcia
Graduate Financial Support Administrator