BMES Game Night (February 10th, 2021)
On February 10th, 2021, the Biomedical Engineering Society hosted a game night for our members and friends. Approximately 12 people attended our game night and we played BMES style Jeopardy. This entertaining game was created by our social co-chairs, Alex Rivera and Riya Shah, and included game sections about teachers, members, and general trivia about the University of Rochester campus. This event took place completely virtually over Zoom.
By Loralai Crawford
General Interest Meeting (February 15th, 2021)
On Feb 15th, 2021, BMES held our virtual Spring General Interest Meeting. We saw lots of new faces, which we hope will stick with us. We introduced BMES and our goals, as well as our current E-board and other active members. We also got to know the new members and their interests. Then we spent the last few minutes running the GIM as a normal E-Board meeting. We hope our GIM was enjoyable to new members and look forward to seeing them in our next meetings.
By Priscilla Passerotti
Research Panel (February 16th, 2021)
BMES had a Research panel on February 16th, 2021 on zoom. This event aimed to inform BME students about undergraduate research opportunities in BME and related fields. At this event, we had five upperclassmen BME students as panelists, and they were able to share their experiences with undergraduate research at U of R, other institutions in the US, and even abroad. Our panelists were Dylan Manuele, Befikadu Mekonnen, Sereen Assi, and Leonor Teles. They spoke about how they got involved in their research, what they do on a daily basis, and how this research has informed their future plans. Attendees were also able to ask questions and gain insight into what kind of opportunities there are for undergraduates. Laura Jones from the Greene Center also attended the event and was able to answer questions and provide insight on finding research opportunities from the perspective of the career center. This event was recorded to share with students in different time zones or those who had a scheduling conflict.
By Caroline Stockwell
Alumni Mentoring Event (February 25th, 2021)
Thursday evening was BMES’ alumni mentoring event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the program, consisting of a Zoom panel of eleven accomplished alumni speaking on their careers in a variety of fields. The event kicked off with a brief welcome from Dr. Lerner and Dr. Dalecki, as well as a few words from alumnus Benjamin Freedman, and then the attendees split off into various breakout rooms.
The types of careers covered included those in startups, industry, academics, medicine, FDA, and science writing, with a couple BME alumni speaking from each category. The speakers gave insight on their careers so far, answered student questions, and served as friendly and approachable mentors for the undergrads in attendance. The alumni covered topics such as applying to internships, staying motivated through medical school, and planning for future careers.
After the conclusion of many insightful conversations, everyone returned to the main Zoom for closing remarks from BMEs president Priscila along with comments from the professors in attendance. The alumni enjoyed the chance to reconnect with familiar faces from their alma mater, and us students received valuable insights from our conversations. Overall, the event was a success and we’re looking forward to hosting similar panels in the future! Thanks again to all who attended and made it such a great experience.
By Amanda Adams