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Elections for the 2010 BE Undergraduate Board will be held during the end of semester study break on '''Tuesday, December 8th from 11am-12pm'''.
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Elections for the 2013 BE Undergraduate Board are '''today''' at the end of semester study break on '''Wednesday December 12th'''.
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Candidate platforms are due on '''Friday, December 4th'''.  Platforms should be submitted to '''Maryelise Cieslewicz''' at '''meciesle@mit.edu'''.  After submission, platforms will be posted on the page.
 
==Positions==
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The time commitment for all of the positions is about three hours a week.  Responsibilities mainly include attending board meetings, sending emails to students and faculty, and attending events.
 
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* '''President''':
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Faculty go-to person, runs the board and bi-weekly BE meetings
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'''Vice President''':
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''Jenny Van & Jonathan Chien''
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A little of everything, FPOP coordinator
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'''Treasurer''':
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Orders food, budgets events, handles t-shirts, all other money situations
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==Platforms==
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'''President'''
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''Kevin Hu''
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Hi everyone.  I'm Kevin Hu, and I'm running for president of the Biological
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Engineering Undergraduate Board (BEUB).  After regularly attending meetings, I
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was extremely impressed by the ideas and genuine commitment that board members
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had towards improving Course 20 for future biological engineers. I want to play
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an active role in this group make a significant impact on the future of this
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field.
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I would be a great addition to the BEUB because, over the past year, I have been
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personally involved in the activities that this group has spearheaded.  In
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addition, I am one of the few members who have consistently participated in the
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majority of the meetings for the past semester, which has given me a great
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understanding of the organizational structure of the board and its ongoing
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projects.  Because of this experience, I have a unique grasp on what BEUB can
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accomplish in the most effective and efficient manner, which would help me as
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the leader of this organization.
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I believe I have the skills needed to represent your thoughts and input.  My RAA
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experience has given me the skills needed to communicate suggestions that
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undergraduates have for professors or advisors.  As president of the BEUB, I
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feel that I would be an excellent conduit for undergraduate opinions so that
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faculty members can change and improve Course 20.  One of the projects that I
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want to lead is the creation of an underground guide (much like course 6),
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which gives more informative feedback on various BE core classes and electives. Another idea may be fun social event where upperclassmen mingle and share their
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experience and ideas with underclassmen (of course with food and refreshments
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provided).
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I look forward to the opportunity of working with you next year.
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''Sivakami Sambasivam''
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Dear Course 20,
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We're Jenny and Jonathan, and we're running as co-Presidents for the BE board!
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We've both helped run the FPOP the past two years; Jenny has served as Vice President and experience in BE-BMES, and Jonathan is also majoring in Course 6, so we both have ideas of how to improve Course 20 from both inside and outside the major. We're planning to bring you more study breaks, solicit student feedback of how to improve the Course 20 experience, and make sure your board is efficient and active.
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My name is Sivakami Sambasivam, and I am running to be your BEUB president. Last Spring, I attended a couple of the BEUB board meetings, and I was very excited to see the events and initiatives that were happening. The BEUB works to throw fun events and organize fun initiatives for the BE community and I would like to help lead it. The BEUB has done so much in the past year, and I see the potential it has to go so much further. As President, I will look to think outside of the box and bring in a new perspective that will allow the BEUB to reach its potential.
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Jenny and Jon
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I have lots of experience with event planning and my goal this year is to make all the BE events, events that you want to come to and will show up to. As a member of the 2011 Class Council for 3 years, I have experience throwing events and listening to what the class wants. We organized a trip to Pour House, and this weekend, I am project managing the free ice skating event that will have chocolate fondue as well. I am also very detail oriented and will make the BEUB my top priority. I have experience working in teams as I co-chaired the SAAS Culture Show (a show with about 200 participants in Kresge for an audience of about 900 people), and as I was on crew freshman year. Further, I have worked closely with the Student Activities Office, and I know how to use a small budget to throw great events.
 
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I also spoke to Professor Manalis, one of the professors who works closely with the club, and I am confident that I will be able to work closely with him as president to ensure that we can make BE the major you want it to be. I am very excited to develop a community within BE, and I am hoping to hear your input on how we can do this. How can we make the BE lounge a place where you want to pset with your friends or a place where you will frequently stop by? What BE gear do you want? What panels of BE alumnae do you want to hear from? Do you want a BE alum/student mentor program? Do you want more faculty/student lunches? I am also very excited about the idea of a BE FPOP that was presented at one of the BEUB meetings I attended, and I want your help to help us make this idea a reality. I am excited to hear from you, and I will work very hard with my executive board this year to make sure that your voices are heard and that events and initiatives that you will enjoy are undertaken.
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A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP
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Thank you very much, Sivakami
 
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''Denise Neibloom''
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'''Vice President'''
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My name is Denise (Nikki) Neibloom and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Board.
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The duties of the Vice President primarily center around the FPOP. After participating in Discover Biological Engineering as an incoming freshmen and then subsequently serving as an FPOP counselor my sophomore year, I would like to take a more active role in planning and running the FPOP. The goal of the event is to get incoming freshmen excited about biological engineering, whether it is to show incoming MIT students how interesting Course 20 can be or to retain those freshmen who come into MIT already interested in the biological engineering field. I am always willing to help the President out in any way possible and look forward to helping plan study break for Course 20 undergraduates. I want to be part of the BE board in order to become more active in the Course 20 undergraduate community and connect with other students in my major.
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''Ginger Yang''
 
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Coming into MIT, I didn't really have any interest in bioengineering or knew what it exactly was. However, after attending events hosted by the BE Undergraduate Board, I have decided to become a bioengineering major. I would love to become part of the BE board in order to facilitate discussion between faculty and students because I feel many students are hesitant to approach professors. Also, as bioengineering is a relatively new major at MIT, there are still definitely room for change and feedback from the students and I would like to be a part of this. Finally, having organized many different types of events through other leadership roles (ATS, MUBA, MITCE, RAA, and REX chair), I feel that I have the necessary experience to carry out the job. I am very excited and enthusiastic about becoming a course 20 major and hope that as either Vice President or Secretary of the BE Board, I will be able to share this enthusiasm with other course 20s.
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''Samantha Alvarez''
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Hello, my name is Samantha Alvarez and I am running for the Vice President position in the BE Undergraduate Board.  Now that I’m a junior I find that I am invested in the BE major (there’s no turning back after surviving the 20.320/20.109 combination) and really want to make course 20 a more involved major here at MIT.  The easiest way to improve this is to make the undergraduate board more unified and connected to the undergraduate population.  I want to take the cobwebs out of our wiki page, spruce up the bi-weekly meetings, and actually involve all of you, the students, including myself.  I believe in creating a more close-knit course 20 family because let’s face it, we’re all in this together.  In unison with the rest of the board I want to seal the gaps between the classes and create an environment that fosters interaction, community, involvement, and above all, fun. 
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When I first arrived on campus as a freshman the first experience I ever had in biological engineering was the FPOP and that got me pumped for the major.  If offered this position I look forward to coordinating the FPOP program for the next class and for the growth of course 20 to come.  Plus I’m pretty responsible, reliable, and enthusiastic.  What more could you ask for?
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Happy voting and good luck with finals,
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-Sam 
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''Anne Ye''
 
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Hello, Course 20, I’m Anne Ye, and I’m running for the BE Undergraduate Board. I attended several events organized by BEUB last year that were very helpful in giving me an opportunity to get answers from professors and upperclassmen to my questions about Course 20 – its classes and faculty, innovative research in the field, and potential career paths. This year, I would like to become part of the BE Board and get involved in organizing these types of events and more to help prospective and current Course 20 students.
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''Edgar Aranda-Michel''
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As a member of the BEUB, I will work to encourage more interaction and discussion between students and faculty, whether it be through more student/faculty lunches, panels of faculty members to offer advice and talk about their career paths and research interests, or other ideas for informative, engaging events that you are interested in. Other new projects that I hope to launch are industry career development events, such as industry tours, and an event similar to a Grad School Admissions panel, but geared towards applying for internships/jobs at companies in biotech, pharmaceuticals, etc. I will work to communicate students’ suggestions and feedback to faculty members, so that Course 20 undergrads can play an integral role in developing a curriculum and department that best meet their needs and interests.
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Hey guys,
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I believe I can make a significant contribution to the BEUB and to Course 20 because I am good at being proactive in communicating with professors and industry representatives. I am also highly organized and good at managing time efficiently. Finally, I am always really interested to hear the ideas and input of other students, and combined with my own experience on deciding my major, picking classes, etc., I believe I have a good feel for common questions and suggestions. I am very excited to join Course 20, and I hope I can contribute to improving the major even more.
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My name is Edgar Aranda-Michel and im interested in running for VP.
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I really enjoy course 20 and want to make more of a difference in the course here at MIT.
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Apart from this, the main reason i want to be VP is to organize the FPOP. I took the FPOP
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when i was just a frosh here and then i was a counselor here last year. And just enjoyed
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the whole expereince. I have seen the program progress and improve just in the short time
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ive been involved and i want to be a main driving force behind it improving even more.
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I am quite good at organizing events, managing time, and havning a good time. Also im all
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about getting as many people interested in course 20 and to take an active part in course 20.
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I feel that VP is the best way at this point for me to do that.
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''Sivakami Sambasivam''
 
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Dear Course 20,
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* '''Secretary''':
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Takes minutes, adds notes to wiki, reserves rooms for meetings
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My name is Sivakami Sambasivam, and I am running for your BEUB. If I cannot be your president, I would still like to contribute to the Board as your VP! Last Spring, I attended a couple of the BEUB board meetings, and I was very excited to see the events and initiatives that they were happening. The BEUB works to throw fun events and organize fun initiatives for the BE community and I would like to be a part of it. The BEUB has done so much in the past year, and I see the potential it has to go so much further. As President, I will look to think outside of the box and bring in a new perspective that will allow the BEUB to reach its potential.
 
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''Katie Bodner''
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I have lots of experience with event planning and my goal this year is to make all the BE events, events that you want to come to and will show up to. As a member of the 2011 Class Council for 3 years, I have experience throwing events and listening to what the class wants. We organized a trip to Pour House, and this weekend, I am project managing the free ice skating event that will have chocolate fondue as well. I am also very detail oriented and will make the BEUB my top priority. I have experience working in teams as I co-chaired the SAAS Culture Show (a show with about 200 participants in Kresge for an audience of about 900 people), and as I was on crew freshman year. Further, I have worked closely with the Student Activities Office, and I know how to use a small budget to throw great events.
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Hi Course 20! My name is Katie Bodner, and I'm a sophomore running for Secretary of the BEUB.
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I also spoke to Professor Manalis, one of the professors who works closely with the club, and I am confident that I will be able to work closely with him as president to ensure that we can make BE the major we want it to be. I am very excited to develop a community within BE, and I am hoping to hear your input on how we can do this. How can we make the BE lounge a place where you want to pset with your friends or a place where you will frequently stop by? What BE gear do you want? What panels of BE alumnae do you want to hear from? Do you want a BE alum/student mentor program? Do you want more faculty/student lunches? I am also very excited about the idea of a BE FPOP that was presented at one of the BEUB meetings I attended, and I want your help to help us make this idea a reality. I am excited to hear from you, and I will work very hard with my executive board this year to make sure that your voices are heard and that events and initiatives that you will enjoy are undertaken.
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Currently on campus, I UROP in the Weiss Lab in the Synthetic Biology center, and I was a part of MIT's 2012 iGEM team. This experience has tremendously helped me develop both leadership skills and teamwork skills as well as learn how to manage my time effectively. Additionally, I just ended my term as Maseeh's freshmen representative on Maseeh's Exec board and am currently an Associate Advisor for freshmen. I have a passion for helping people and for making a difference, and I put my full effort into everything I do. In my short time on campus so far, I have learned a lot about how to work with a group to set and achieve goals. I'm very interested in and excited about the future of course 20, as it is still a new major, and I have many ideas. I would like to see us come together more as a major, for upperclassmen to get to know underclassmen, to get more freshmen interested early on for the right reasons and in general, to get more people excited about BE! I would also like to help more student feedback reach the faculty, so that we can all have the opportunity to develop our major, since it is still so new. Of course, these are only a few things out of many that we could accomplish, and I would always be open to suggestion. I'm very organized, and for the reasons stated above, I think I'd make a great secretary on the BE Undergrad Board.
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Thank you very much,
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Thank you for your time.
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Sivakami
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'''Secretary'''
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* '''Treasurer''':
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Orders food, budgets events, handles merchandise, all other pecuniary needs
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''Ginger Yang''
 
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Coming into MIT, I didn't really have any interest in bioengineering or knew what it exactly was. However, after attending events hosted by the BE Undergraduate Board, I have decided to become a bioengineering major. I would love to become part of the BE board in order to facilitate discussion between faculty and students because I feel many students are hesitant to approach professors. Also, as bioengineering is a relatively new major at MIT, there are still definitely room for change and feedback from the students and I would like to be a part of this. Finally, having organized many different types of events through other leadership roles (ATS, MUBA, MITCE, RAA, and REX chair), I feel that I have the necessary experience to carry out the job. I am very excited and enthusiastic about becoming a course 20 major and hope that as either Vice President or Secretary of the BE Board, I will be able to share this enthusiasm with other course 20s.
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''Matthew Hung''
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Hello, Course 20!  My name is Matthew Hung, and I’m running for treasurer of the BE Undergraduate Board.  This past year I have served as the treasurer for the Board, student research chair of BE-BMES, and I have come to embrace Course 20 even further as an associate advisor.  For those of you who have been in Course 20 long enough, I’m sure you noticed there has been a dramatic increase in the number of study breaks once I took on those responsibilities.  I wish to continue managing the budget and feeding your bellies with Chipotle and Chinese food with an even greater frequency in the upcoming year :)  As always, you can count on me to be responsible and fulfill my duties.  I hope to ease your academic life with noms in the upcoming year :D 
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''Anne Ye''
 
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Hello, Course 20, I’m Anne Ye, and I’m running for the BE Undergraduate Board. I attended several events organized by BEUB last year that were very helpful in giving me an opportunity to get answers from professors and upperclassmen to my questions about Course 20 – its classes and faculty, innovative research in the field, and potential career paths. This year, I would like to become part of the BE Board and get involved in organizing these types of events and more to help prospective and current Course 20 students.
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* '''Campus Relations'''
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Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events
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As a member of the BEUB, I will work to encourage more interaction and discussion between students and faculty, whether it be through more student/faculty lunches, panels of faculty members to offer advice and talk about their career paths and research interests, or other ideas for informative, engaging events that you are interested in. Other new projects that I hope to launch are industry career development events, such as industry tours, and an event similar to a Grad School Admissions panel, but geared towards applying for internships/jobs at companies in biotech, pharmaceuticals, etc. I will work to communicate students’ suggestions and feedback to faculty members, so that Course 20 undergrads can play an integral role in developing a curriculum and department that best meet their needs and interests.
 
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I believe I can make a significant contribution to the BEUB and to Course 20 because I am good at being proactive in communicating with professors and industry representatives. I am also highly organized and good at managing time efficiently. Finally, I am always really interested to hear the ideas and input of other students, and combined with my own experience on deciding my major, picking classes, etc., I believe I have a good feel for common questions and suggestions. I am very excited to join Course 20, and I hope I can contribute to improving the major even more.
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''Mira Moufarrej''
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Publicizing events and helping plan them is something I've always enjoyed. In high school, I helped plan junior prom at a hotel and subsequently advertise for it by decorating the school, making invitations, and making a video to play in the hallway. Senior year I planned and publicized bonding events in a similar fashion. I love planning events and making them be a success and publicizing has a lot to do with that. I'm willing to work hard and I'd love to get involved with the department. :)
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'''Treasurer'''
 
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''Ragheb El Khaja''
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''Karinna Vivanco''
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Hey my name is Ragheb, I am a Sophomore in Course 20 and I am running for treasurer of the Biological Engineering Undergraduate Board. I would like to join the team because I believe it truly enhances the experience of all BE majors. I really enjoyed the events held by the board (both social and academic) and I would like to contribute to its success. I would like to help the board reach out to more students, help freshmen choose their majors and enhance the sense of community in BE in general. I am currently the Treasurer for my floor in Burton-Conner. I hope to be able to work with the board to make Course 20 even more awesome!
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I am running for Campus Relations because I would really like to get more involved in the MIT BE community and help represent student interests to the department. As for qualifications, in the past year, I was elected to Next House Exec and served as the Vice President of Relations.  In addition to helping run all dorm events, I managed 8 student groups and room reservations within the dorm. I also moderated dorm-wide house meetings once a month, preparing discussion agendas and ordering food.  I am currently the logistics captain of MIT Constructs, a popping dance group, where I help encourage and support my fellow dancers, as well as organize practices and group trips.  My experiences have taught me team-building skills as well as event planning. I would be honored if given an opportunity to serve on the BEUB.  Thanks!

Revision as of 07:22, 12 December 2012

Elections for the 2013 BE Undergraduate Board are today at the end of semester study break on Wednesday December 12th.


Positions

  • President:

Faculty go-to person, runs the board and bi-weekly BE meetings


Jenny Van & Jonathan Chien

We're Jenny and Jonathan, and we're running as co-Presidents for the BE board! We've both helped run the FPOP the past two years; Jenny has served as Vice President and experience in BE-BMES, and Jonathan is also majoring in Course 6, so we both have ideas of how to improve Course 20 from both inside and outside the major. We're planning to bring you more study breaks, solicit student feedback of how to improve the Course 20 experience, and make sure your board is efficient and active.

Jenny and Jon


  • Vice President:

A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP


Denise Neibloom

My name is Denise (Nikki) Neibloom and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Board. The duties of the Vice President primarily center around the FPOP. After participating in Discover Biological Engineering as an incoming freshmen and then subsequently serving as an FPOP counselor my sophomore year, I would like to take a more active role in planning and running the FPOP. The goal of the event is to get incoming freshmen excited about biological engineering, whether it is to show incoming MIT students how interesting Course 20 can be or to retain those freshmen who come into MIT already interested in the biological engineering field. I am always willing to help the President out in any way possible and look forward to helping plan study break for Course 20 undergraduates. I want to be part of the BE board in order to become more active in the Course 20 undergraduate community and connect with other students in my major.


Samantha Alvarez

Hello, my name is Samantha Alvarez and I am running for the Vice President position in the BE Undergraduate Board. Now that I’m a junior I find that I am invested in the BE major (there’s no turning back after surviving the 20.320/20.109 combination) and really want to make course 20 a more involved major here at MIT. The easiest way to improve this is to make the undergraduate board more unified and connected to the undergraduate population. I want to take the cobwebs out of our wiki page, spruce up the bi-weekly meetings, and actually involve all of you, the students, including myself. I believe in creating a more close-knit course 20 family because let’s face it, we’re all in this together. In unison with the rest of the board I want to seal the gaps between the classes and create an environment that fosters interaction, community, involvement, and above all, fun. When I first arrived on campus as a freshman the first experience I ever had in biological engineering was the FPOP and that got me pumped for the major. If offered this position I look forward to coordinating the FPOP program for the next class and for the growth of course 20 to come. Plus I’m pretty responsible, reliable, and enthusiastic. What more could you ask for? Happy voting and good luck with finals, -Sam


Edgar Aranda-Michel

Hey guys,

My name is Edgar Aranda-Michel and im interested in running for VP. I really enjoy course 20 and want to make more of a difference in the course here at MIT. Apart from this, the main reason i want to be VP is to organize the FPOP. I took the FPOP when i was just a frosh here and then i was a counselor here last year. And just enjoyed the whole expereince. I have seen the program progress and improve just in the short time ive been involved and i want to be a main driving force behind it improving even more.

I am quite good at organizing events, managing time, and havning a good time. Also im all about getting as many people interested in course 20 and to take an active part in course 20. I feel that VP is the best way at this point for me to do that.


  • Secretary:

Takes minutes, adds notes to wiki, reserves rooms for meetings


Katie Bodner

Hi Course 20! My name is Katie Bodner, and I'm a sophomore running for Secretary of the BEUB.

Currently on campus, I UROP in the Weiss Lab in the Synthetic Biology center, and I was a part of MIT's 2012 iGEM team. This experience has tremendously helped me develop both leadership skills and teamwork skills as well as learn how to manage my time effectively. Additionally, I just ended my term as Maseeh's freshmen representative on Maseeh's Exec board and am currently an Associate Advisor for freshmen. I have a passion for helping people and for making a difference, and I put my full effort into everything I do. In my short time on campus so far, I have learned a lot about how to work with a group to set and achieve goals. I'm very interested in and excited about the future of course 20, as it is still a new major, and I have many ideas. I would like to see us come together more as a major, for upperclassmen to get to know underclassmen, to get more freshmen interested early on for the right reasons and in general, to get more people excited about BE! I would also like to help more student feedback reach the faculty, so that we can all have the opportunity to develop our major, since it is still so new. Of course, these are only a few things out of many that we could accomplish, and I would always be open to suggestion. I'm very organized, and for the reasons stated above, I think I'd make a great secretary on the BE Undergrad Board.

Thank you for your time.


  • Treasurer:

Orders food, budgets events, handles merchandise, all other pecuniary needs


Matthew Hung

Hello, Course 20! My name is Matthew Hung, and I’m running for treasurer of the BE Undergraduate Board. This past year I have served as the treasurer for the Board, student research chair of BE-BMES, and I have come to embrace Course 20 even further as an associate advisor. For those of you who have been in Course 20 long enough, I’m sure you noticed there has been a dramatic increase in the number of study breaks once I took on those responsibilities. I wish to continue managing the budget and feeding your bellies with Chipotle and Chinese food with an even greater frequency in the upcoming year :) As always, you can count on me to be responsible and fulfill my duties. I hope to ease your academic life with noms in the upcoming year :D


  • Campus Relations

Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events


Mira Moufarrej

Publicizing events and helping plan them is something I've always enjoyed. In high school, I helped plan junior prom at a hotel and subsequently advertise for it by decorating the school, making invitations, and making a video to play in the hallway. Senior year I planned and publicized bonding events in a similar fashion. I love planning events and making them be a success and publicizing has a lot to do with that. I'm willing to work hard and I'd love to get involved with the department. :)


Karinna Vivanco

I am running for Campus Relations because I would really like to get more involved in the MIT BE community and help represent student interests to the department. As for qualifications, in the past year, I was elected to Next House Exec and served as the Vice President of Relations. In addition to helping run all dorm events, I managed 8 student groups and room reservations within the dorm. I also moderated dorm-wide house meetings once a month, preparing discussion agendas and ordering food. I am currently the logistics captain of MIT Constructs, a popping dance group, where I help encourage and support my fellow dancers, as well as organize practices and group trips. My experiences have taught me team-building skills as well as event planning. I would be honored if given an opportunity to serve on the BEUB. Thanks!

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