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Academic Groups

Biology Undergraduate Students Association

The Biology Undergraduate Students Association (BUSA) serves all MIT students with an interest in biology. BUSA helps to broaden the biology undergraduate experience through both social and academic activities. BUSA also provides resources and support for biology students.

BUSA sponsors a wide range of activities including undergraduate social events, “getting to know your professors” sessions, an undergraduate research symposium, and the Howard Hughes Lecture Series featuring renowned biologists. Many activities provide unique opportunities for students to interact with the Biology Department faculty on a personal level. BUSA also offers a variety of resources for biology students such as a Course 7 undergraduate lounge, a Big Sib/Lil’ Sib Program, career development seminars, and free tutoring sponsored by the Biology Department.

All MIT undergraduates interested in biology have automatic membership in BUSA. Join us at the Activities Midway, in Lobby 10 during the first week of the term, or at our first meeting of the year and sign up on our e-mail list to receive notices of our upcoming meetings and events.

For more information about BUSA, visit our webpage at <>. Feel free to contact the club’s officers at <>. Our first meeting of the year will be on Monday, Sept.ember 11, at 7 p.m. in room 4-237.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE-MIT ... Come feel the love. The National Society of Black Engineers is a national student-run organization committed to increasing the number of culturally responsible minority engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

With nearly 100 members, NSBE-MIT is one of the largest organizations on campus. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in any major. NSBE provides members with numerous opportunities for leadership from community service with elementary and high school students to serving as a workshop facilitator to NSBE officer. We currently have two members serving on the regional board. Previous officers of NSBE-MIT include Darcy Prather, Rhodes Scholar and CTO of, and Karl Reid, the director of MIT’s Minority Engineering Program and MITES.

NSBE-MIT also provides members with opportunities to build academic, technical and professional skills in workshops such as Four-Year Plan, Stocks & Investment, and Grad School Step-by-Step. NSBE-MIT is striving to build connections with faculty and students by holding a faculty reception each term and inviting faculty to help facilitate workshops. We also represent at zone, regional, and national conferences, which are great opportunities to network with college students from all over the world.

So come join us for another great year! Our first event, Convocation 2000, will be held on September 6th at 5:30 p.m. in 10-250. We welcome back Darcy Prather ‘91 as our keynote speaker. If you have any questions, e-mail us at <> or check out our web page at <>.

Science and Engineering Business Club

The MIT-Science and Engineering Business Club is geared toward students with an interest in merging their scientific interests with the world of business. We do this by doing two types of things 1) bring interesting speakers to talk about using their technical backgrounds to gain a job in business and 2) promoting the interest in applying technical backgrounds to pursue start-ups.

Last year we had five seminars ranging from management consulting to patent law, culminating in our keynote address Entrepreneurship2000. This year we plan to have 8-10 seminar speakers, two workshops, some social activities, and any good ideas people want to contribute!

Being a member of our group just entails signing up to our e-mail list <> . Time commitment for our executive board includes a one hour meeting/week and helping out on events which run a few to no hours a week depending on if there’s an event.

If there’s interest in joining the group, you can come to our first recruiting event September 12th in 4-270 at 6 p.m. (pizza will be served) or e-mail Nick at <>. Visit our webpage at <> for more information.

Society for Biomaterials MIT Student Chapter

The goal of the student chapter is to promote biomaterials education here at MIT. Biomaterials is a relatively new field and is spread across several departments here at MIT. We attempt to provide some continuity for students in this field by having social events in which students can interact and learn about biomaterials. The events have included speakers from industry and academics, tours of local industry, research symposia, socials and panel discussions on biomaterials.

Our group is now in its fourth year and has grown to over 50 graduate and undergraduate members. We are evenly split between graduate and undergraduate students. Members are expected to make no commitment to the group, although we encourage participation and new ideas. New members need to have no experience with biomaterials in order to join. In fact, we were formed in order to facilitate biomaterials education here at MIT.

In order to contact our group please visit our web site <> or e-mail us at <>. We are sponsoring a social on Sept. 6th to welcome back returning students and meet interested new students. Food and drink will be served. Check our web site and posters for details.

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is an internationally recognized nonprofit, technical, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. SNAME is dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering, encouraging the exchange and recording of information, sponsoring applied research, offering career guidance and supporting education, and enhancing the professional status and integrity of its membership. We provide a social forum for the OE department. We host a fall and spring lecture series/ lunch gatherings where students and faculty gather.

MIT hosts a section meeting every January, the Student Paper Night. Students (undergrad and grad) from schools in the New England Section are invited to present papers in a competition that often leads to scholarships and national recognition for MIT students. For more information <> or e-mail <>.

Society of Women Engineers

There’s more to engineering than what we experience in class. The Society of Women Engineers helps all members of the MIT community connect with professionals in industry and academia so we can find opportunities to do what we really want with our lives.

To connect MIT with professionals, we hold many events. We host a banquet every fall to allow our members an opportunity to share a meal with engineers from industry. We are co-sponsoring the Fall 2000 Career Fair, we have organized interview and resume-building workshops. We often work with companies to set up information presentations for them and provide scholarship opportunities to SWE members. We have invited alumni back to share their post-MIT stories and the things they miss most about MIT.

Most of us are undergraduate women, but we welcome anyone -- women, men, students, staff, faculty--to check us out and join us. If you’re interested, please e-mail <> or <> or check us out online at <>. We’ll also be at Activities Midway and have an ice cream party some time soon after that.

Undergraduate Economics Association

The Undergraduate Economics Association (UEA) is a group of undergraduates interested in economics who meet for the purpose of supporting academic endeavors, improving employment opportunities, and extending networks with each other and the outside world. The UEA also serves as a liaison between undergraduate students and the economics department faculty. Each year, we produce and distribute an undergraduate resume book and oversee $15,000 earmarked to fund internships in Washington, D.C.

The UEA has expanded its role on campus and in the department over the past two years, and active membership continues to grow. Membership is not limited to course 14 majors! The UEA meets several times each semester to discuss economics, classes, upcoming events, and socialize. Recent events include the faculty-student dinner for rising sophomores, and sponsored lectures on topics such as the Microsoft trial. Course 14 t-shirts and a journal of undergraduate papers are among our current projects.

For more information, or to get involved, e-mail <>. Or check out our website at <>.