Beast Positions

For a list of current & former BEAST officers, please go here: Officer List

Co-President (2): The role of the president is to represent BEAST to the faculty and facilitate communication about issues that concern the group. This includes: (a) representing BEAST at Executive Committee meetings once a month on alternating campuses, (b) reporting to BEAST about issues raised at Exec Meetings and relaying student feedback to the Exec, (c) calling and running BEAST meetings and elections, (d) representing BEAST at official departmental events, and (e) overseeing the entire BEAST organization. S/he should have significant previous involvement with BEAST. Students must have passed their qualifying exam. The first president will start January 2017 and stay on for one year until January 2018. The second president will start March 2017 and stay on until March 2018. This will allow for each person to run for one year with a three month overlap between each administration.

Treasurer (1): The primary role of the treasurer is to oversee financial transactions for BEAST. This includes applying for funding, managing budgets, and coordinating reimbursements. The term is 14 months, beginning June 1st and concluding July 31st of the following year. This provides a 2-month overlap for the incoming treasurer to learn from the incumbent.

Retreat Committee (8 members total w/ 2yr appts, 4 members elected each year): The Retreat Committee plans the annual Bioengineering Retreat. The responsibilities include: (a) establishing the format and agenda for the retreat, (b) communicating with BEAST about the structure of the retreat, (c) soliciting participation in student talks and poster sessions, faculty talks, and the alumni panel (d) organizing student-faculty networking dinner (d) giving input to the committee regarding social activities, (e) running the T-shirt competition, (f) coordinating with administrators, and much, much more! The term is two years, with 1 returning member serving as chair of the committee.

Visit Weekend Committee (8 members total w/ 2yr appts, 4 members elected each year): The Visit Weekend Committee plans the weekend itinerary for the prospective students prior to their interviews, and interfaces with the administrators to coordinate schedules and events for the on-site admissions visits. They also match prospective students with continuing student mentors/hosts, who will become their peer mentors should be accepted to the program. Please see the wiki for a full list of tasks. The majority of efforts occur between January and conclusion of the admissions visits. Coordinators should be accessible to prospective students during the on-site and off-site visit activities. The term is two years, with 2 returning members serving as co-chairs of the committee.

Admissions Committee (10 members total w/ 2yr appts, 5 members elected each year): Student representatives on the Admissions Committee play an active role in the selection of incoming students. The requirements include: (a) evaluating the numerous candidates’ applications during December/January based on criteria set by the faculty before the admissions committee meets, (b) attending the all day Admissions Selection Committee meeting in mid to late January and the follow-up meeting following the visits in March, (c) reviewing each application with the full committee to arrive at a consensus and to select the applicants to invite for interviews.  Students must have passed their qualifying exam. This is a 2 year term.

BEST Coordinators (1 UCSF, 1 UCB): BEST coordinators schedule and administer the BioEngineeering Student Talks (BEST) talks. BESTs provide a forum for Bioengineering students to practice talks, whether they be conference presentations, job talks, qualifying exams, etc. BEST talks take place at both campuses. Duties of the BEST coordinators include (a) arranging the schedule and rooms for meetings, (b) arranging food for each meeting (reimbursed through the Berkeley department office/Graduate Assembly and through MyExpense or ASGD for UCSF), (c) arranging A/V support for each meeting, (d) advertising BEST to the greater community. For facilitating room bookings, the Berkeley BEST coordinator is expected to become a BEAST signatory, which involves at the minimum taking an online quiz. This is a 1 year position.

Internal Networking Committee (4 Members): The role of the internal networking committee is to encourage Bioengineering students from different years and campuses to get together in a social setting on a regular basis. The responsibilities include: (a) organizing holiday party and the social events at the annual Bioengineering Conference (b) suggesting places and times to meet for dinner, drinks, and/or movies, (c) planning and advertising events such as picnics, ice-skating or bowling expeditions, hikes or volunteer opportunities and/or (d) proposing other cool events. The committee should set a social calendar at the beginning of the year and advertise to the group accordingly. This is a 1 year position.

Webmaster (1): The role of the webmaster is to maintain the BEAST Wiki ( and resources within (e.g. updated first year information, rent map, student directory of dissertation labs, calendar). Familiarity with WordPress is helpful, but not necessary. This is a 1 year position.

Head Peer Advisors (4 members total, with 2 elected per year for two-year appointments): The role of the Peer Advisers is to help address the concerns of first year students and help them understand and adjust to the academic requirements our program. Duties include (a) assigning mentors to incoming students, (b) organize a welcome event (e.g. picnic), and (c) provide support to other mentoring activities as necessary (eg., first year review, first year peer advising round table discussions, etc.).  This is a 2 year term.

UCSF/Berkeley Graduate Assembly (GA) Representatives (UCB GA: 2 delegates, up to 2 alternates; UCSF ASGD: 2 delegates, up to 2 alternates): The main responsibility of the Graduate Assembly representative is to attend meetings once a month to represent BEAST on the Berkeley GA. The specific duties include (a) casting votes, (b) reporting important news, and (c) checking on progress of BEAST funding requests, as necessary. The main responsibility of the UCSF Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD) representative is to attend meetings three times a quarter to represent BEAST on the UCSF ASGD. The specific duties include (a) casting votes, (b) reporting important news, and (c) checking on progress of BEAST funding requests, as necessary. This is a 1 year position

Industry & Alumni Liaisons (2): The Alumni committee will organize an Alumni/Industry seminar series to showcase the different career paths available to students after graduation. This is a 1 year position

BMES Liaison (1): The primary role of the BMES Liaison is to interface with the undergraduate chapter of BMES at UC Berkeley and streamline interactions between the undergraduate and graduate Bioengineering student populations at UC Berkeley/UCSF. The BMES Liaison is expected to meet with the BMES Executive Committee as necessary, helping advertise their events to graduate students and recruiting graduate students to participate at their events. This is a 1-year term.