Statement from the BMES Student Affairs Subcommittee
The Student Affairs Subcommittee has selected five exemplary Student Chapters to receive awards for their 2018-2019 efforts. They will each receive:
Two complimentary meeting registrations;
An engraved plague;
The opportunity to present on Best Practices at the annual meeting in October; and
They will each present a webinar open to BMES members about their program.
We had many amazing Chapter Development Reports submitted this year -- The Student Affairs Subcommittee is excited to see all the work being accomplished by our student chapters in communities around the world and we encourage you to continue this work for the 2019-2020 year.
Outstanding Chapter Award
This year’s Outstanding Chapter Award goes to Ohio State University led by chapter president Divya Krishnagiri.
Ohio State University rose to the top of the pack for their work in social activities, fundraising, as well as their outstanding outreach, mentorship, and industry programs.
They worked to keep their membership retention high with social activities such as cake decorating, movie nights, and scavenger hunts and then turned that engagement into mobilization through volunteerism and mentorship.
Congratulations to each of Ohio State University’s chapter members for your hard work and dedication!
Commendable Achievement Award
The 2019 Commendable Achievement Award goes to the University of California - Los Angeles, led by chapter president Mandy Hung.
University of California - Los Angeles’s Industry and Outreach programs elevated their CDR to commendable status. They showcased excellent dedication to volunteerism in the name of STEM, as well as personal mentorship and chapter growth.
Congratulations to members of the University of California - Los Angeles!
Outstanding Outreach Award
This year’s awardee for the Outstanding Outreach Award goes to Florida International University, led by chapter co-presidents Josue Gil and Zahra Nafar.
This chapter worked hard to develop STEM skills in their local elementary, middle, high school, college, and graduate student by dedicating their members time and efforts to the community.
Thank you to the student chapter of Florida International University for your devotion to your community!
Outstanding Mentoring Program Award
The student chapter with the best Outstanding Mentoring Program is awarded to the University of California - Davis, driven by their student president Sarah St. Clair.
This CDR contains a step-by-step guide on how to recreate their successful mentor program, which pairs undergraduate and graduate students together and ensures mentorship retention stayed at peak levels throughout the academic year with activities, check-ins, and social gatherings.
Mentor programs are the backbone of student success, and we know that all BMES student chapters can benefit from your program. Thank you, University of California - Davis, for your dedication to the future of BME!
Outstanding Chapter-Industry Program Award
The winner of the Outstanding Chapter-Industry Program Award goes to The University of Texas - San Antonio, led by chapter president Angela San Juan.
What stood out for the University of Texas-San Antonio was their monthly, guided industry tours of local biomedical companies, their semi-regular STEM workshops, and their Annual Biomedical Research Symposium where they hosted guest speakers from industry professionals as well as interdisciplinary research presentations.
Congratulations University of Texas-San Antonio for your impact and success strengthening chapter-industry relations.
Chapter Travel Award Winners
Three chapters were selected to win the Chapter Travel Award, providing them with $2,000 in discretionary funds to help send their national BMES student members to the BMES annual meeting. These chapters were selected because of their ability to relay the impact that attending the national meeting would have on their school and local BME communities.