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Meeting Minutes (6/25/15)

June BESA Meeting
June 25, 2015

Event Sign-up:
Erik: Ikea trip / move in assistance
Kaitlin: Welcome BBQ, BME201
Anita: Welcome BBQ
Srinu: Ski/Cabin trip, Apple hill
Sam: BME 201, Ski/Cabin trip
Debika: Cornmaze
Eric: Spring camping
Rafael: Spring camping, Inter GG Social
Keith: Spring BBQ
Chris: Orientation “pint night” 

Recap:

Spring/Summer BBQ
Ran out of food (too soon)
More people than expected
At least 75 attendees (maybe some didn’t sign in)
Reminder to sign in (before getting food)

Elections
Overall, went well
40-50 voters
Positive response to online voting system

Student Faculty Lunch
Good turnout,
6-7 faculty
More vegetarian, gluten free options

Future Events:

Student faculty lunch
Thursday, Sept 17th
Food? Burritos, taco bar (guad)
Dean whitter fund? When does it start? Check into it.
Budget: $350-400

IKEA trip / move in assistance
Offer student assistance to move in/pick stuff up
Need current student volunteers
Erik will contact first years to see which day works best

Orientation/WoW
BME=Tuesday and Wednesday
Pint night? Where/what to do (Sudwerks cancelled) Maybe at Chris’s. Thursday night. Budget 150
Tuesday: BESA presentation: time TBD.
Ice cream social: ~3pm or so. Social chairs (~50-75$)
Debika: Take care of presentation

BME welcome BBQ
October 5th

Fall activity
Apple hill?
Need to figure out car pools
Date: Oct 3rd (tentatively)
Maybe corn maze as well. (later in oct) Place by Dixon Oct 29th tentatively
Close to halloween, have people chasing you through the maze

BME201
Date: Mid October at lunch time, coordinate with class schedule
Need to make list of faculty that are looking for students
Written description of each lab/project

BESA website updates:
Rafael will contact first years for info
Update useful info tab
Update PH.D/masters guidelines etc

Officer updates:
Keith will organize photoshoot for officers
Alumni speaker database – Kaitlyn in charge
Outreach: Officers participate in outreach activities
Not just education focused
Soichiro Yamada wants to be more involved
Meet with BMES outreach

Miscellaneous:

Tshirts:
Preorders: 20 male, 7 female.
Order 30M, 20F

Make “shopping list” for annual events (Rafael, Armaun, Debika)

Next meeting:
Sept 14-18

Meeting Minutes (5/20/15)

May BESA Meeting
4202 GBSF
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
4-5 pm

Recent Events

Intra GBSF Social
BESA recently initiated a monthly social event for graduate students of the departments represented by the graduate group, including biomedical engineering, pharmatoxocology and others. The motive for this initiative is to increase dialogue across different research areas and to create more connections between graduate students. The first event was held at The Graduate on April 17th. There was excellent attendance with over 80 people attending the inaugural event. BESA plans to continue organizing these events quarterly.

BMEGG Student Research Conference
On May 15th, the BME Graduate Group hosted its 4th annual student research conference. The event featured an excellent plenary talk by Dr. Victor Barocas from the University of Minnesota, more than 10 student oral presentations and numerous poster presentations. Food for the event was provided by UC Davis catering services.

Future Events

Camping Trip
Continuing from previous years, BESA will organize a student camping trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event will be held at the Big Meadow Campground near Lake Alpine. Activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, and socializing with fellow graduate students. The camping trip is one of the most popular events of the year and about 30 grad students are expected to attend. BESA will be providing most meals for the weekend.

BESA Elections
Elections for BESA officer positions will be held in June. Students will nominate their peers to run for the officer positions and graduate students will vote for the future BESA officers. The current BESA officers are planning on creating two or three additional positions to better suit the needs of the graduate students.

Spring BBQ
The annual BMEGG spring BBQ will be held in late June or early July, with BESA responsible for most of the organizing. More details to follow.

Officer Updates
No officer updates.

Next Meeting
Late June.

Meeting Minutes (4/15/15)

April BESA Meeting
2202 GBSF
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
4-5 pm

Recent Events

Student – Faculty Lunch
On April 1st, BESA hosted a student faculty lunch, featuring burritos from Taqueria el Burrito. There was excellent turnout from both students and faculty, with over 40 graduate students and 8 faculty attending.

BME External Advisory Board Meeting
On April 10th, the BME department hosted its external advisory board, a meeting that takes place every year. The day featured poster presentations from several graduate students as well as a luncheon allowing fruitful interactions between undergraduate, graduate students and the advisory board. The external advisory board serves to provide the department with guidance relating to teaching, resources, etc.

Future Events

Camping Trip
Continuing from previous years, BESA will organize a student camping trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event will be held at the Big Meadow Campground near Lake Alpine. Activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, and socializing with fellow graduate students. The camping trip is one of the most popular events of the year and about 30 grad students are expected to attend.

Graduate Student Research Conference
The 4th annual BMEGG student research conference will be held on May 15th in the UC Davis conference center. Continuing from previous years, the event features several student oral presentations and poster presentations. This year, a plenary talk will be given by Dr. Victor Barocas of the University of Minnesota. As part of the event, BESA will give a short presentation and encourage students to run for BESA officer positions.

Officer Updates

Outreach: Event to be held May 8th.

BMES: BME research expo held May 6th. Need graduate student volunteers to present a poster.

Next Meeting

Mid May and will focus on the camping trip and BESA elections.

Meeting Minutes (1/28/15)

January BESA Meeting
2202 GBSF
Wednesday, January 28, 2014
11-12 pm

Recent Events

No recent events

Future Events

Ski and Snowshoe Trip

Continuing from previous years, BESA will organize a student outing to a Lake Tahoe area ski resort on February 20-22. Students will have the opportunity to ski or snowboard, or snowshoe if preferred. This year, BESA will rent a cabin close to the ski resort to stay overnight following the day of skiing. BESA will provide meals for the attendees.

Recruitment Weekend

The BMEGG recruitment weekend will be held March 6-7. Each March, the BMEGG hosts approximately 30 potential graduate students to showcase the department. As part of this event, BESA organizes several activities and leads much of the weekend. For evening activities, BESA organizes a bowling event and a evening in Downtown Davis. BESA also provides a presentation to the recruits highlighting different aspects of graduate student experience in the graduate group.

Intra GBSF Social

BESA has recently initiated a monthly social event for graduate students of the departments represented by the graduate group, including biomedical engineering, pharmacology and toxocology and others. The motive for this initiative is to increase dialogue across different research areas and to create more connections between graduate students. The first event will be held later in spring.

Officer Updates

Outreach: School science night (January 5) is postponed due to insufficient volunteers

VP: A BESA poster will be made for the display case in GBSF

Next Meeting

Late February and will be focused on recruitment weekend events.

Meeting Minutes (12/17/14)

December BESA Meeting
2202 GBSF
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
4-5 pm

Recent Events

Halloween Party
BESA hosted a student – faculty Halloween party on October 31st. Several faculty members attended along with approximately 50 graduate students. The party featured burritos from Taqueria el Burrito.

Welcome BBQ
The annual BME department BBQ proved to be a very successful event with excellent attendance from graduate students, faculty and staff; in total 105 people attended the event. All enjoyed the grilled food and side items. Along with food and beverage, the evening included games and other activities. The event also featured a dessert competition where attendees were invited to prepare a dessert of their choice and participating attendees voted upon all entries.

Golfing
On Sunday, November xx, BESA hosted a social event at the Davis Municipality Golf Course. Several graduate students spent part of the afternoon at the driving range and putting green. Driving range tokens were provided by BESA and the golf course staff graciously provided rental golf clubs.

Christmas Party
The annual BME Christmas party was held in the ARC ballroom the evening of December 5th. As part of the festivities, BESA organized a gingerbread house competition following the dinner. Dinner was provided by university catering. The party was enjoyed by everyone, with 175 people in attendance.

Future Events

Student Faculty Lunch
A student faculty lunch will be held in early February. BESA is planning to have a local organic food truck to provide lunch for the event. Date to be determined.

Ski and Snowshoe Trip
Continuing from previous years, BESA will organize a student outing to a Lake Tahoe area ski resort. Students will have the opportunity to ski or snowboard, or snowshoe if preferred. This year, BESA is planning on renting a cabin close to the ski resort to stay overnight following the day of skiing.

Officer Updates

VP: BESA website will be redesigned.
Intramural: No forfeits occurred in Fall quarter, 2nd place in soccer.
BMES: Research fair will be held in March.

Next Meeting
Late January.

Meeting Minutes (10/28/14)

October BESA Meeting
2202 GBSF
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5-6pm

 

Recent Events

Welcome Week

The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Students Association held several events during orientation week for new graduate students. On Tuesday, the daily orientation events concluded with an ice cream social. On Wednesday, BESA hosted an informal event at Sudwerk’s in Davis to introduce new graduate students to current graduate students.

Welcome BBQ

The annual BME department BBQ proved to be a very successful event with excellent attendance from graduate students, faculty and staff; in total 105 people attended the event. All enjoyed the grilled food and side items. Along with food and beverage, the evening included games and other activities. The event also featured a dessert competition where attendees were invited to prepare a dessert of their choice and participating attendees voted upon all entries.

Retreat

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Retreat was held October 10-12 at Grizzly Creek Ranch, a scenic camp located north of Lake Tahoe. Several BESA officers attended to plan and organize evening events for the new graduate students. The weekend featured numerous outdoor activities, such as obstacle and ropes courses. Along with social and team-building outdoor activities, the weekend featured poster and oral presentations by current graduate students to showcase current BMEGG research.

BME 201

Continuing from previous years, BESA organized a short meeting held October 10, 2014, aimed at providing a forum for new graduate students to pose questions to current graduate students about courses, research, and life in Davis. The forum was well received by new graduate students and an abundance of helpful information was passed along.

 

Future Events

Fall Outing

BESA will host an afternoon at the Davis Municipal Golf Course driving range on November 23rd, 2014. The golfing cost will be covered by BESA, and students will have opportunity to purchase food and beverage at the venue.

Welcome BBQ

On October 7th, the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group will host a BBQ to welcome new graduate students and provide an informal setting for students, faculty and staff to interact. This year’s BBQ will include delicious grilled food items, a corn-hole tournament and a dessert competition. The winner of the dessert competition will receive a Starbuck’s gift card.

Halloween Party

BESA will hold a student lunch Halloween party on October 31st. The event will feature burritos from Chipotle.

BME Christmas Party

The annual BME holiday party is scheduled for December 5th. As part of the festivities, BESA will plan a fun, creative event to complement the other evening meal and entertainment. The event normally draws a large attendance from graduate students, faculty and staff and will be catered by UC Davis food services.

 

Officer Updates

Outreach: Thanksgiving volunteering at soup kitchen. Christmas holiday season adopt-a-family will continue from previous years.

 

Next Meeting

Early December

Meeting Minutes (9/17/14)

September BESA Meeting
2202 GBSF
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
4-5pm

 

Recent Events

 

IKEA Trip for New Graduate Students

To help facilitate the housing furnishing needs of incoming graduate students, BESA initiated an event to shuttle students to IKEA and Target on Sunday, September 14th. A small number of students took advantage of this event to purchase household items.

 

Student Faculty Lunch

On Friday, September 5th BESA hosted a Student-Faculty Lunch catered by Village Bakery Pizza. There was excellent attendance from both students and faculty and the pizza was enjoyed by all.

 

 

Future Events

 

Welcome Week

Coinciding with UC Davis Week of Welcome, the BME department will hold several orientation events for new graduate students during the week of September 29th – October 3rd. The orientation events are focused on welcoming the new graduate students and serves as a forum to answer important questions from new graduate students on academics, housing and life in Davis. Several events have already been planned and organized by Christal. On Tuesday, BESA will give a short presentation during the general orientation and all BESA officers will attend. Following presentations by several professors, an ice cream social held on Tuesday afternoon in GBSF lobby. On Wednesday, BESA will lead an evening event at Sudwerk’s restaurant, a key event in opening dialogue between current and new graduate students. The orientation events are expected to be very successful in welcoming the new graduate students.

 

Welcome BBQ

On October 7th, the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group will host a BBQ to welcome new graduate students and provide an informal setting for students, faculty and staff to interact. This year’s BBQ will include delicious grilled food items, a corn-hole tournament and a dessert competition. The winner of the dessert competition will receive a Starbuck’s gift card.

 

BMEGG Retreat

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group Retreat will be held October 10-12 at Grizzly Creek Ranch, a scenic camp located north of Lake Tahoe. Several BESA members will attend to plan and organize evening events for the new graduate students. The event will also feature poster and oral presentations by current graduate students to showcase current BMEGG research.

 

BME 201

Continuing from previous year’s, BESA will host BME 201, an informal meeting hosted by BESA officers and other current graduate students and provides a forum to answer questions from new graduate students. The forum is meant to provide insight from seasoned graduate students on research (how to choose a lab/PI), classes (which to take, what they’re like), and life in Davis (activities, getting around, housing). The event will be held on October 15th and pizza will be provided.

 

Officer Updates

Intramural: Sign up will take place during orientation events.

Outreach: Activities will be planned in collaboration with BMES

 

Next Meeting

Late October

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