The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) was founded in 2012 to act as a united voice of the graduate biomedical engineering student body and express our needs and concerns to the Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department (BU BME), aiming to improve our graduate program and the student experience as a whole.
The GSC was formed in June 2012 after a departmental retreat, where students, faculty, and staff discussed how graduate students could more effectively convey their individual concerns to the department, and better understand and make use of the opportunities offered by the program. At a self-organized assembly, the students agreed to form their own committee, an initiative that was approved by the department. Over the summer, the GSC worked tirelessly to develop its structure and mission statement. Within six months of its formation, the GSC worked with the faculty to revamp Molecular Bioengineering, a core curriculum course; organized the first Academia Night, a career panel discussion with professors and postdoctoral researchers; and welcomed new students with a variety of social events. Since its inception, the committee has continued to conduct its regular events, while expanding to incorporate outreach and oversight of departmental seminars into its activities. As the program grows, the GSC continues to serve a vital role in the interests of graduate student life within the BU BME community.
The BME GSC Constitution can be read here.
In an effort to enrich the BME graduate student experience at Boston University and thereafter, the BME GSC strives to:
- Communicate BME graduate student issues or concerns to the department faculty and provide graduate student input on all relevant academic and administrative decisions via BME graduate student representatives
- Strengthen community throughout the entire BME graduate student body through social and mentoring activities
- Welcome and help orient new BME graduate students
- Provide professional development and networking opportunities for BME graduate students