Here are some of the biggest events that we host every year. This is not a comprehensive list of all the events we offer, so make sure to subscribe to the BEGS Events calendar to stay updated!
The Bear Hug is a social event hosted by BEGS at the beginning of each academic year, where UCSD Bioengineering graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather together for an evening of networking and to welcome those new to the department. It is the largest annual gathering of the UCSD Bioengineering community.
Each spring, BEGS helps the UCSD Bioengineering Department host its recruiting/interview weekends for incoming PhD students. BEGS students help facilitate a fun and professional environment during the incoming students' visit to our campus. Our graduate students pick up new students from the airport; lead campus and lab tours; answer questions concerning the department and graduate life at UCSD; and host meet-and-greet events between faculty, current and incoming graduate students (including a beach bonfire and night out in San Diego).
Breakfast with Industry (BWI) is typically held in November in the Price Center East Ballroom. This annual event, sponsored by the WCBE and organized by the Bioengineering Graduate Society, serves as an excellent networking opportunity for industry representatives interested in interacting with our Bioengineering graduate students and faculty in a more intimate setting.
BEGS offers graduate students many opportunities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, both locally and nationally. On a local level, there are lab tour events for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as elementary school and high school programs that place graduate students in classrooms to teach hands on science and engineering lessons. BEGS also hosts a booth at the annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, the first public science festival on the West Coast.
On a larger scale, BEGS hosts a booth at the biannual USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, the country’s first and largest national science festival. Here we showcase our research in a manner accessible to the greater public, and help foster interest in STEM fields!
BEGS offers a graduate student mentorship program that aims to build a community of Bioengineering graduate students to provide one-on-one advice and guidance to incoming students. At the start of each academic year, new graduate students in the department are paired with upper-level graduate students based on degree program, research interests, academic background and personal background. Various informational workshops and social events (like the Mentorship Olympics) are held throughout the year to encourage active mentorship.
Bioengineering Town Hall Meeting
The Bioengineering Town Hall Meeting is usually held in Winter Quarter each year. At the meeting, Bioengineering graduate students and faculty representatives will discuss issues relevant to the students such as our program curriculum, TA requirements, students' benefits and initiatives and together arrive at consensus and solutions.
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