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College of Engineering Counselor

The best way to reach him is via email (jgao@sa.utah.edu)

His availability to provide counseling during the Spring semester:

  • *Students need to be physically in Utah. Out-of-state students can schedule an initial intake appointment, and I will help the student with community referrals.


Drop-in Consultation (“office hour”; no appointment is needed):

  • Anyone in the College of Engineering can “stop by” and have a brief conversation with me. I can help them address any stressors or challenges in their lives, answer questions or concerns they have about counseling/mental health, or direct them to the appropriate resources on campus or in the community. https://zoom.us/j/97630558380
    • Every Wednesday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Every Monday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (newly added in the Spring)


Students can still schedule an appointment with other counselors by directly calling the University Counseling Center (UCC) at 801-581-6826.

  • *Students need to be physically in Utah. Out-of-state students can schedule an intake appointment and a follow-up case management assignment for community referrals.
  • UCC main office hours (Monday to Friday):
    • Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Tue, Wed 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


All students (receive counseling from other counselors or me) can have access to additional resources and services at UCC (https://counselingcenter.utah.edu/):


Also, the Mindfulness Center will continue to offer workshops and events for students and faculty/staff. For students who are hesitant to start counseling, this is an excellent way to learn self-management skills without any commitment.



Again, all the meetings will happen via HIPPA-compliant Zoom.


*The campus mobile mental health team will add a new residential counselor in the student dorm. I will share more information once I find out.


*Please remember, I will not be able to offer crisis intervention.

  • For non-life-threatening emergency, please call the counseling center to consult with an on-call therapist during business hours: 801-581-6826

(After hours, call UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000)

  • Or access the SafeUT app


  • If you have concerns about a student, please make a report to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and BIT will reach out to the student if needed.

(When and how to make a report, see https://deanofstudents.utah.edu/bit/make-a-report.php)


For additional information, please refer to my webpage (https://www.coe.utah.edu/students/current/counseling)

Campus Contraceptive Care Clinic:
  • Located at the University of Utah Hospital, the CCCC is providing no cost contraceptive care for University of Utah students.
  • The latest research shows that access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), including contraception, has been significantly constrained during the COVID-19 🦠 pandemic. As many as 1 in 3 people report having pandemic-related delays or cancellation of SRH care. We're responding to the pandemic by using telehealth📞for virtual contraceptive counseling, obtaining prescriptions for contraception, and appointment setting for IUD, implant, and injection methods.
  • Schedule an appointment by calling clinic manager, Chelsea Daniels, at 801-213-1398
Summer Mindfulness Center Information

Unless otherwise noted, Mindfulness Center programming is open to all of the University of Utah community (students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional - faculty, and staff); is free; is available by Zoom (excluding holidays and breaks); and requires registration to attend. Informational flyers are provided via embedded links in each of the programs’ titles.

  • Drop-In Mindfulness are 30-minute facilitated meditations held on Tuesdays @ 12:30 PM. Drop-ins are ongoing and registration is not required. To attend, see our flyer.
  • Coping COVID Chaos is a 3-week workshop, which aims to help participants learn skills to manage distress, increase compassion, strengthen relationships, and connect with others who are dealing with the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop meets Thursdays from 11 AM – 12 PM and starts July 1st.
  • Feel Better Now is a 4-week skill building workshop series, which is offered on Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM and Wednesdays from 1 – 2 PM. The workshop helps participants to build practical skills to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. New series start May 18th.
  • Mental Coaching is a 4-week skill building workshop series for neurodiverse students wanting to improve planning, follow through, and time management. The series runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5 PM and start on June 8th.
  • Mindful Work/Life Balance is a 4-week workshop series for U faculty, staff, and graduate students. The workshop introduces participants to mindful strategies for managing work/life stress. The series runs on Fridays from 11 AM - 12PM and starts June 4th.
  • Radical Self-Compassion for BIPOC Students is a 2-day workshop for U of U BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) graduate and undergraduate students. Workshops will focus on using mindful self-compassion as a source of healing and resistance. The workshop meets on Thursdays from 1 PM – 2:30 PM at starts May 26th.
  • We also offer programs, including providing mindfulness workshops in your office that may be relevant to your colleagues, staff, and/or team members. Please request a presentation!
  • Please see the Mindfulness Center webpage for more information, resources for enhancing resilience, mindfulness practices, and more!
For Job and Internship Opportunities visit https://www.coe.utah.edu/job-board/ or https://careers.utah.edu/

Math Tutoring Volunteering Opportunity


The Know Your Neighbor (KYN) Program matches refugees with local individuals and families for three main reasons, 1. To fill a need 2. To help refugees make friends in America and 3. To enrich the community. As a KYN volunteer you will be matched with a program or individual to help them with a specific need. We ask for a commitment of 2 hours a week for about 6 months, though that changes depending on individual needs and availability.


We have several refugee students in high school and early college who need tutors, the area that many struggle with the most is Math. As a math tutor, you'd be matched with a student and meet with them either virtually or in person depending on your preference to go over their math homework and class materials and help them understand it. Many of these students might have an additional tutor helping them in other subject areas as well that we will put you in contact with. Anyone interested in this opportunity should create an account at this website: https://volunteer.samaritan.com/custom/525/volunteer_home and reach out to me at meganmclaws@utah.gov.

Help CvEEN with Department RPT

We need your help! We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students to provide student perspective for the Department Retention, Promotion and Tenure Actions.

Total time commitment of 10 - 15 hours during the summer and early fall.

Interested? Contact Tiffany Hortin.

Engineering Ambassadors Applications Open

Do you love Engineering?  Become an Engineering Ambassador!

Engineering Ambassadors are motivated students who represent the College of Engineering at recruitment, outreach, alumni, and development events. In this paid position, ambassadors provide demonstrations about engineering during K-12 visits, career fairs, and other local events. They also lead on-campus tours for school groups and other prospective students. This is a highly selective program as ambassadors work directly with the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering.

Ambassadors should be well-rounded individuals with a love for the University of Utah and the College of Engineering! We are looking for students who have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Here’s the link: https://www.coe.utah.edu/students/current/ambassadors/


NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program is hiring highly qualified graduate students for fellowships in national security. Our positions are open to students actively pursuing their master’s or doctoral degrees as well as students who have achieved their graduate degrees within the past 18 months. Details about our program can be found in the attached brochure and on our website at https://www.pnnl.gov/projects/ngfp. The current application opens in March with a deadline of October 1, 2021 for positions that will begin in June 2022.

Register now for the Zoom information session

Mathnasium of Cottonwood is hiring for the summer and beyond.

See flyer for details

$2,000 Scholarship from Geneva Rock – Application Deadline: JULY 1st, 2021

Geneva Rock Products is looking for students who are dedicated to building the future. We are offering a $2,000 scholarship, twice a year in the fall and spring, to inspire passionate and hard-working individuals to enter the construction related and engineering industries. The deadline is coming up July 1st, so apply now!

Who is eligible?

  • students currently enrolled in an accredited university, college, trade, or vocational school
  • those pursuing a construction related career, including (but not limited to) construction management, civil engineering, business, or commercial/professional sales
  • students involved in trades such as welding, diesel tech, heavy equipment operations and building tech
  • high school seniors who are enrolled in one of the previously mentioned institutions
  • must have received or be in the process of receiving a high school diploma or GED
  • must a U.S. citizen or be a legal permanent resident with work eligibility status

For more details and to apply for the scholarship, click here.

Additional questions about the scholarship? Please inquire at scholarship@genevarock.com.

SEAU Scholarship 

SEAU is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 SEAU Scholarship.  If you are a Junior, Senior, or graduate student in the civil or structural field, please apply this opportunity with them.  Applications will be accepted until May 31st.

To apply, please fill out the following form: SEAU Scholarship Application

For additional information please visit: seau.org/Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarship

Application - College of Engineering Transfer Scholarship - University of Utah Scholarships (academicworks.com)

Please note, competitive applicants should have a 3.3 or higher GPA and have taken classes related to their major.

The application closes on July 31st.