Undergraduate BE Board:Elections

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Nikki Neibloom and Katie Bodner are running for 2014-2015 BEUB Co-Presidents. As juniors this past year, Nikki has performed as Vice President of BEUB and Katie has been the Secretary. We are both engrossed in course 20 and want to be even more involved in BEUB in the coming semester. One of our goals as presidents is to highlight opportunities for course 20 students after graduation other than going to grad school. We also want to help rising seniors find grad schools and connect them with current graduate students. More importantly, we believe that course 20 really needs some t-shirts and a whole lot more cheesecake. Thanks!
Nikki Neibloom and Katie Bodner are running for 2014-2015 BEUB Co-Presidents. As juniors this past year, Nikki has performed as Vice President of BEUB and Katie has been the Secretary. We are both engrossed in course 20 and want to be even more involved in BEUB in the coming semester. One of our goals as presidents is to highlight opportunities for course 20 students after graduation other than going to grad school. We also want to help rising seniors find grad schools and connect them with current graduate students. More importantly, we believe that course 20 really needs some t-shirts and a whole lot more cheesecake. Thanks!
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''Edgar Aranda-Michel & Kevin Hu''
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''Denise Neibloom''
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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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I’m Deniz Aksel, and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Undergraduate Board. I find this position to be very important, as it involves organizing the Discover Biological Engineering FPOP; an important resource for the department in terms of getting incoming students excited about the major and expanding the MIT BE community. As someone that has experienced the FPOP from both the incoming freshman and counselor perspectives, I believe I have a clear understanding of what representing our department in a fun and effective way entails. In addition to the FPOP organization, I believe that the VP position has a lot of untapped potential. I would personally like to focus on improving and strengthening the community feeling of our department. I plan on helping organize study breaks with visiting professors to improve faculty-student relations. I will also be very open to other event or improvement suggestions from you. I believe that the VP position entails not only showing incoming freshmen, but also current BE students that Course 20 is the best!
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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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''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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''Edgar Aranda-Michel''
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Hey guys,
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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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''Katie Bodner''
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''Jennifer Thornton''
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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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Hi there! My name is Jennifer Thornton, and I'm a junior running for Secretary of the BE undergraduate board. I’m excited to get involved with the BE board because I want to work to make the Course 20 student body connected, well fed, and in-the-know! In terms of my secretarial skills, I have experience taking minutes for student groups and I love keeping organized notes and getting things done. Also, I’m specifically aiming to redesign and consistently update our BEUB wiki so that it is easy to navigate and full of information on current events and projects for BE undergrads. The board exists to benefit every Course 20 undergrad-as Secretary, I will work tirelessly to make sure that it does. Thank you! ACG CAC GCA AAU AAA UCG :)
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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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''Karinna Vivanco''
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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 advisorFor 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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Hi Course 20!  My name is Karinna Vivanco, and I am running for BEUB treasurer.  This past year, I've acted as the BEUB campus representative and have really enjoyed helping to develop communication within the departmentI would really like to continue on the board to help plan even more study breaks and events that could connect the department even further.  I know there is so much interest within our major to meet more Course 20s but not as many organized opportunities.  I would like to improve upon that with careful event planning to make bonding more practical.  Aside from serving on the board, I've been an active leader on the executive boards of both my dorm and dance community.  I believe I have the experience and enthusiasm to help improve our department. Thank you! :)
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Responsible for communicating with the student body, emails, and publicizing events
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Hey Course 20! My name is Hannah Kempton and I'm a junior running for treasurer of the BE undergraduate board. I'm excited and passionate about course 20--outside of class, I'm a BE associate advisor and I UROP in the Zhang lab in the Broad. I would love to get more involved in the department by combining my two main interests: biological engineering and food! For the past 2 years I have been on the planning board of SWE, where my main responsibility was organizing events for members and (most importantly) ordering food for said events. As a result, I have experience working collaboratively to plan study breaks, budgeting events, dealing with reimbursements, and ordering food from the tastiest restaurants in Cambridge! As your treasurer I promise to plan many delicious study breaks throughout the semester and to work on hopefully getting course 20 tshirts for the department. Thanks! :)
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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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''Karinna Vivanco''
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''Jennifer Ibanez''
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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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Throughout my time here at MIT, the BE department has shown me nothing but love. Though the major is no doubt one of the more difficult, I have always found the faculty and student body to be very supportive and accessible to each other. I am running for Campus Representative because I would love to become more involved in the BE community, and I believe having students’ opinions represented in the Board is very important. In high school, I was on several planning committees and also served as student representative in various student-faculty groups.

Revision as of 10:17, 5 February 2014

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


Katie Bodner & Nikki Neibloom

Nikki Neibloom and Katie Bodner are running for 2014-2015 BEUB Co-Presidents. As juniors this past year, Nikki has performed as Vice President of BEUB and Katie has been the Secretary. We are both engrossed in course 20 and want to be even more involved in BEUB in the coming semester. One of our goals as presidents is to highlight opportunities for course 20 students after graduation other than going to grad school. We also want to help rising seniors find grad schools and connect them with current graduate students. More importantly, we believe that course 20 really needs some t-shirts and a whole lot more cheesecake. Thanks!


Edgar Aranda-Michel & Kevin Hu

Hi,Edgar and Kevin here. We'd like to be your BEUB Co-Presidents. We're both juniors with plenty of experience working with faculty and extensive knowledge about the current curriculum of BE and related majors like Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Computational Biology. Together we will promote changes in the department (especially the curriculum) based upon student feedback and ensure that you can make the most of your time at MIT. To start off, we've already sent out a survey to the current seniors asking for feedback on their experiences in the major. In case that's not enough for you, we'll also be having more of our usual study breaks that we all love. See you there!


  • Vice President:

A little of everything, responsible for coordinating FPOP


Deniz Askel

I’m Deniz Aksel, and I would like to be the next Vice President of the BE Undergraduate Board. I find this position to be very important, as it involves organizing the Discover Biological Engineering FPOP; an important resource for the department in terms of getting incoming students excited about the major and expanding the MIT BE community. As someone that has experienced the FPOP from both the incoming freshman and counselor perspectives, I believe I have a clear understanding of what representing our department in a fun and effective way entails. In addition to the FPOP organization, I believe that the VP position has a lot of untapped potential. I would personally like to focus on improving and strengthening the community feeling of our department. I plan on helping organize study breaks with visiting professors to improve faculty-student relations. I will also be very open to other event or improvement suggestions from you. I believe that the VP position entails not only showing incoming freshmen, but also current BE students that Course 20 is the best!


  • Secretary:

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


Jennifer Thornton

Hi there! My name is Jennifer Thornton, and I'm a junior running for Secretary of the BE undergraduate board. I’m excited to get involved with the BE board because I want to work to make the Course 20 student body connected, well fed, and in-the-know! In terms of my secretarial skills, I have experience taking minutes for student groups and I love keeping organized notes and getting things done. Also, I’m specifically aiming to redesign and consistently update our BEUB wiki so that it is easy to navigate and full of information on current events and projects for BE undergrads. The board exists to benefit every Course 20 undergrad-as Secretary, I will work tirelessly to make sure that it does. Thank you! ACG CAC GCA AAU AAA UCG :)


  • Treasurer:

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


Karinna Vivanco

Hi Course 20! My name is Karinna Vivanco, and I am running for BEUB treasurer. This past year, I've acted as the BEUB campus representative and have really enjoyed helping to develop communication within the department. I would really like to continue on the board to help plan even more study breaks and events that could connect the department even further. I know there is so much interest within our major to meet more Course 20s but not as many organized opportunities. I would like to improve upon that with careful event planning to make bonding more practical. Aside from serving on the board, I've been an active leader on the executive boards of both my dorm and dance community. I believe I have the experience and enthusiasm to help improve our department. Thank you! :)


Hannah Kempton

Hey Course 20! My name is Hannah Kempton and I'm a junior running for treasurer of the BE undergraduate board. I'm excited and passionate about course 20--outside of class, I'm a BE associate advisor and I UROP in the Zhang lab in the Broad. I would love to get more involved in the department by combining my two main interests: biological engineering and food! For the past 2 years I have been on the planning board of SWE, where my main responsibility was organizing events for members and (most importantly) ordering food for said events. As a result, I have experience working collaboratively to plan study breaks, budgeting events, dealing with reimbursements, and ordering food from the tastiest restaurants in Cambridge! As your treasurer I promise to plan many delicious study breaks throughout the semester and to work on hopefully getting course 20 tshirts for the department. Thanks! :)


  • Campus Relations

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


Jennifer Ibanez

Throughout my time here at MIT, the BE department has shown me nothing but love. Though the major is no doubt one of the more difficult, I have always found the faculty and student body to be very supportive and accessible to each other. I am running for Campus Representative because I would love to become more involved in the BE community, and I believe having students’ opinions represented in the Board is very important. In high school, I was on several planning committees and also served as student representative in various student-faculty groups.

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