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Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (USAC)

The USAC program is closed for the 2016-17 academic year.

All students will be notified once council returns to an active role and new student positions are available.

The USAC is charged with advising the Director of Undergraduate Education on issues related to undergraduate education, including but not limited to courses, curriculum, instruction, student involvement opportunities, research opportunities and student programs. Issues will be identified by either Division of Biological Sciences administration or by student members of USAC. The goal of the council is to:

  • represent students in the biological sciences
  • provide a forum for communication and recommendation between the students and the Division of Biological Sciences concerning problems and issues that are important to the students in the division

Why should I become a USAC member?

  • Get to know administrators, staff and faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences
  • Networking opportunities
  • Be the first to learn about new developments in the division
  • Voice concerns of fellow students
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Improve public speaking skills
  • Get involved

Composition

Composed of a group of goal-oriented, dynamic and responsible biology undergraduate student leaders who wish to make a difference by helping to  shape the educational experience of biology undergraduates and understand the complexity of the division. Council should have representation from all levels, including students who joined UC San Diego as transfer students.

  • Associate Dean for Education ex officio
  • USIS Staff ex officio
  • DOBio Center Staff ex officio
  • BSSA President ex officio
  • Bioscholars President ex officio
  • SQ Editor ex officio
  • Associated Students Biology Senator ex officio
  • 10 Division of Biological Sciences majors
    • 2 Freshman-level students (1st year)
    • 2 Sophomore-level students (2nd year)
    • 2 Junior-level students (3rd year)
    • 2 Senior-level students (4th+ year)
    • 2 New Transfer students (1st year)

Term of Service

The Council is composed of 14 undergraduate biology majors. The term of service is a one-to-two years with two student members from each grade level and admittance level. If circumstances prevent completion of service term, a nominee will be sought to complete the remainder of that term.

One-year Term

  • BSSA President ex officio
  • BioScholars President ex officio
  • SQ Editor ex officio
  • Associated Students Biology Senator ex officio
  • 6 Division of Biological Sciences majors
    • 1 Freshman-level students
    • 1 Sophomore-level students
    • 1 Junior-level students
    • 2 Senior-level students
    • 1 Transfer students 

Two-year Term:

  • 4 Division of Biological Sciences majors
    • 1 Freshman-level students
    • 1 Sophomore-level students
    • 1 Junior-level students
    • 1 Transfer students

Becoming a USAC Member/Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled at UC San Diego as a biology major
  • Enrolled in at least three courses (by the begining of fall quarter)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have an interest in the Division of Biological Sciences academic and student life and a passion for improving the quality of undergraduate education in the division
  • Comfortable in actively voicing and respectfully listening to a variety of opinions in a group setting
  • Able to respect the confidential nature of some topics the council may discuss and offer thoughtful advice on a variety of sensitive topics
  • Able to coodinate and host a quarterly town hall meeting and report back to council members
  • Students must be available to attend monthly meetings, as well as to investigate issues and topics outside of the regularly scheduled meeting
  • Ability to communicate complex educational and administrative issues to fellow students and other members of the on- and off-campus community

  Expectations of council members

  • responsible for understanding the structure of the Division of Biological Sciences and the USAC
  • prepare for meetings and be aware of dates
  • if unable to attend, adequately brief your replacement so they are prepared for the meeting
  • provide any specific agenda item at least a week in advance so the topic can be added to the agenda
  • bring calendars, note taking material (pens/paper, laptops, etc.) to all meetings
  • lead council meeting on a rotating basis
  • coordinate and lead town hall meetings
  • represent the division at public events and other student organizational meetings
  • be a liaison for fellow students

  Time commitment

  • attend regular council meetings twice a month from October-June (adjustments will be made for holidays, finals week and school breaks. Students are expected to attend all meetings. If you can't meet, please do not submit an application)
  • minimal time to research and investigate issues and topics outside of the regularly scheduled meeting
  • attend one quarterly town hall meeting and summaries discuss to present at next council meeting
  • attend mandatory Fall orientation meeting will be held on a date to be announced.
  • attend Winter and Spring quarter leaderhsip workshops
  • coordinate and lead town hall meetings
  • represent the division at public events and other student organizational meetings; if applicable

Application Instructions and Deadline

We will be recruiting for student members and welcome participation from all biology students. Interested students should submit an application through the online system during the open recruitment period.

The USAC program is closed for the 2016-17 academic year.

The application includes:

  • A brief (250-word) statement explaining why you want to serve on USAC and what unique perspective you think you would bring
  • A list of relevant activities, recognition, and achievements and/or a resume that can be uploaded
  • All members must be available to meet twice a month from October-June. Specific time will be determine during orientation. Adjustments will be made for holidays, finals week and school breaks. Students are expected to attend all meetings. If you can't meet, please do not submit an application.
  • A mandatory orientation meeting will be held in Fall quarter.

Applications can be saved and/or changed until the application window closes. All applications will be reviewed by current USAC members. If you wish to retract your application, send an email to dobio@ucsd.edu. All applicants will be notified two weeks after the close of the application cycle. New appointments don't begin until the upcoming Fall quarter.