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Elections for the 2010 BE Undergraduate Board will be held during the end of semester study break on '''Thursday December 9th at 11am!'''.
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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 '''Sunday, December 5th'''.  Platforms should be submitted to '''Kevin Hu''' at '''khu@mit.edu'''.  After submission, platforms will be posted on the page.
 
==Positions==
==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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'''Secretary''':
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'''Treasurer''':
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==Platforms==
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'''President''':
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''Yuan Zhao '12''
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Hello, everyone! My name is Yuan Zhao and I am running for President of the
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We're Jenny and Jonathan, and we're running as co-Presidents for the BE board!
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BEUB. I believe that my contributions to the BEUB would be valuable given my
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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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experience running key positions in a number of clubs here at MIT.
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Presently, I am the Director of Publicity for MIT AAA and am on the UA
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Events Committee, which organizes MIT's annual Fall and Spring Festivals. I
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am also a member of MacGregor HouseComm and am the current social chair for
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the dorm, as well as the REX chair for the previous year, having coordinated
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all of the freshman orientation events. Lastly, I am an associate advisor in
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course 20 and am the only candidate that has experience as a counselor for
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the BE FPOP, which was inaugurated this last fall. In addition to my
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background, I am a fun and easy-going individual (or so I like to think),
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and can work to get things done efficiently and on budget.  
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Qualifications, however, are only one half of the requirements to be a
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Jenny and Jon
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successful exec. The second half, which is no less important, is the vision
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for the future of our wonderful major and commitment to that vision.
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Although Course 20 has firmly earned its place among MIT's majors, I believe
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there are still many ways to improve cohesion within our major while
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advancing it in the Institute. As exec, I would encourage bonding events
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that would allow underclassmen to meet and hang out with upperclassmen, as
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well as students in their own year. Additionally, I would work to improve
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the communication between students and faculty, while better providing
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information about the major to prospective students. I am well acquainted
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with many members of the faculty, and can leverage social networks developed
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from my previous exec positions for the BEUB.
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I anticipate great things from students in our major and believe that our
 
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commitment and initiative will truly make waves in the MIT community. I'm
 
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very excited and hope to work for you next year as exec.
 
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(Oh, and there will be lots of free food for everyone. All the time.)
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* '''Vice President''':
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A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP
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'''Vice President''':
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''Denise Neibloom''
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'' Anne Ye '12''
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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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Hello, Course 20, I'm Anne Ye, and I'm running for vice president of the BE
 
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Undergraduate Board. As secretary this year, I had the opportunity to help out
 
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with organizing several academic and social events to help prospective and
 
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current Course 20 students, an experience that I both greatly enjoyed and
 
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learned a lot from. I would love to have a chance next year to continue my
 
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involvement in the BEUB, and to use the experience that I have gained this past
 
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year to help the BEUB improve even more.
 
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As vice president, I will work to encourage more interaction and discussion
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''Samantha Alvarez''
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between students and faculty, whether it be through student/faculty lunches,
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faculty panels to share advice and talk about their career paths and research
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interests, or other ideas for informative, engaging events that you are
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interested in. I am also very excited about the BE FPOP and the Undergraduate
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Research Prize. The FPOP was a great success in its first year, and I hope to
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be able to take a more active leadership role in further developing the program
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for next summer. The research prize is a newly-proposed event scheduled for next
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year that I believe is a great way to reward BE students for their hard work,
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and I would really enjoy helping to put together this event and to make this
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vision come to fruition. Finally, I will work to communicate students?
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suggestions and feedback to faculty members, so that Course 20 undergrads can
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play an integral role in developing a curriculum and department that best meet
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their needs and interests.
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I believe I can make a significant contribution to the BEUB and to Course 20
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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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because I am always really interested to hear the ideas and input of other
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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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students, and combined with my own experiences both as a Course 20 student and
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Happy voting and good luck with finals,
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in various leadership capacities in the department, I believe I have a good
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feel for common questions and suggestions. I am also highly organized and good
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at managing time efficiently, and I am good at being proactive in communicating
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with professors. I have really loved being part of the BEUB, and I hope I can
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contribute to improving its work even more.  
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''Arvind Thiagarajan '13''
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''Edgar Aranda-Michel''
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Biological Engineering, more than any other field at present, offers a rich
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and diverse atmosphere, one in which people of different academic
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backgrounds can find both common ground and a niche for themselves. This is
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especially evident at the graduate level, where students from electrical
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engineering, physics, math, biology, and other fields come together to work
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on interesting problems in biological engineering. At the undergraduate
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level, however, the range of students, while still somewhat broad, is much
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more focused: the major still primarily attracts those students with biology
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backgrounds. Part of the reason for this is the way the classes are
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structured, but just as important is the existing community and the
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opportunities it offers. It is at this level that the BEUB can exert the
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most influence, and it is for this reason that I am running for Vice
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President.
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In particular, I believe that two things must be done in order to expand and
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My name is Edgar Aranda-Michel and im interested in running for VP.
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strengthen our field. First, we must work to give incoming freshman a really
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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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good overview of the opportunities that BE offers, and second we must work
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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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to integrate BE more closely with the other departments at MIT. The first
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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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goal seems most easily accomplished within the framework of a BE FPOP. The
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the whole expereince. I have seen the program progress and improve just in the short time
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second goal can be approached by organizing joint parties between
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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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departments or arranging interdisciplinary talks. Both of these are jobs
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that are best handled through the office of BEUB Vice President. It is for
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this reason that I am running for this office, and these are the things I
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intend to do if elected.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my platform, and please vote Arvind
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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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Thiagarajan for BEUB Vice President.
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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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* '''Secretary''':
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Takes minutes, adds notes to wiki, reserves rooms for meetings
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''Johnathan Gootenberg '13''
 
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My name is Jonathan Gootenberg, and I am running for Vice President of
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''Katie Bodner''
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BEUB primarily to help with the coordination of the Discovering Biological
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Engineering FPOP. I feel that there is still some ambiguity surrounding the
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differences between the “biology” majors (7,10b, and 20), and I think DBE is
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a great way to distinguish 20 and cultivate excitement for biological
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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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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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''Jingxun Chen '13''
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Thank you for your time.
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# As a part of BE, I feel excited and responsible of helping to our major become better.
 
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# I enjoy working closely with a group of people and making impact on our community together
 
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# I want to apply the leaderships skills that I learned from being the Vice President of American Red Cross Club in my high school and contribute to our BE community
 
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# I really want to help build a supportive community in our BE student body through:
 
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#* Helping out the associative advising program, in which upperclassmen mentor lower-classmen in conjunction with their academic adviser
 
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#* Planning career development events, such as internship/UROP/Grad school panels
 
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#* Coordinating BE FPOP, which holds professional development workshops and provides current sophomores with internship  connections
 
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#* Holding social event for our BE students, such as study breaks and faculty dinners
 
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* '''Treasurer''':
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Orders food, budgets events, handles merchandise, all other pecuniary needs
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'''Secretary''':
 
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''Johnathan Chien '14''
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''Matthew Hung''
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I'm Jonathan Chien, and I'm running for Secretary of the Undergraduate BE
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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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Board. I have familiarity with making mailing lists, experience taking
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concise minutes, and reserving rooms through VirtualEMS. I'm on the 2014
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Class Council, which requires coordinating communication between seven
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members and planning large scale events so this position should not be too
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''Nina Jreige '13''
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Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events
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Hi, my name is Nina Jreige, and I am a sophomore majoring in BioEngineering. I am interested in running for secretary for the Biological Engineering Undergraduate Board, and have both experience (I am currently the secretary for the Lebanese Club at MIT) and enthusiasm for the position. As a sophomore, I felt that transitioning from general GIR courses to more focused courses in our major was both an enjoyable and difficult experience. We all shifted from classes containing numerous peers to much smaller classes (containing many people we may not know), making p-setting with friends trickier. In order to alleviate such difficulties, I think it would be beneficial to schedule study/p-set sessions, time periods when you know that various students will be working on specific course 20 p-sets, making it easier to find people to work with.  In addition, I think it would be a good idea to have more course 20 social events (although, admittedly, I do now know how the budget is distributed, so I do not know how feasible this would be). Thus far, the sophomores have only had an ice cream social event scheduled after the first 20.110 exam (I believe, similarly, the junior and senior classes have only had one major social event scheduled). I would like to see more events like this. We are a smaller major compared to course 6 and 2, so I think that movie events or dinner events could be more feasibly organized. 
 
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I am really excited about majoring in BioEngineering, and I would like to channel some of my excitement into the Undergraduate Board. The aforementioned ideas are just some of the things I would try to work on, and I would always be open to suggestions.
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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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I think I would be a good treasurer because I am capable of balancing budgets
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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!
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and I turn things in on time. In high school, I was responsible for the debate
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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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