BBUGS Committees 2021-2022

The BBUGS Group is always looking for new volunteers! Review the below list of committees and contact the commitee chairs with any questions. 

To get involved, apply to a committee here.

BBUGS CO-PRESIDENTS
Michelle Quizon – ME/BIOE
Zoe Mote – BME

BBUGS Communications
Cydney Wong

Education and Outreach Committee

(Intense)

The Education & Outreach committee focuses on educating and inspiring the next generation of bioscientists and bioengineers by getting K-12 students and the broader community excited about all types of STEM topics.

Past events:

Committee members could:

  • Co-host online demo for a local class
  • Help E&O chairs create virtual material
  • In the Spring, go to area schools to get kids excited about science!

Committee Chairs: Oluwagbemisola “Gbemi” Aderibigbe & Aditya Natu

Committee Members:

  • Shaylyn Grier
  • Emily Heckard
  • Valeria Juarez
  • Saideep Narendrula
  • Alexandra Patterson
  • Nithin Ravikumar
  • Sophia Sakers

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee works to create opportunities for graduate students to get involved in and better understand public policy, bringing in speakers and creating networking opportunities to create connections between biotechnology and policy leaders.

Past events:

Committee members could:

  • Help organize letter writing campaigns
  • Help get people registered to vote
  • Gather material to educate our community

Committee Chairs: Jungmin Ha

Committee Members:

  • Claire Hanson
  • Anna Kaehr

Industry Committee

The Industry committee generates opportunities for graduate students to explore and network within biotechnology industry, facilitating connections with industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement opportunities.

Past Events:

  • Tours of local Biotech Companies (GCMI, T3 labs, etc)
  • LIFE Seminars

Committee members could:

  • Contact PhDs in industry to give seminars
  • Help out with monthly Industry newsletter
  • Organize tours (in the Spring)

Committee Chair: Viswanath “Vishy” Gorti & Mikayla Rahman

Committee Members:

  • Mannan Bhola
  • Christopher Carlson
  • Sebastian Huayamares
  • Ashika Ramesh
  • Shivani Vyas

Research Committee

(Intense)

The Research Committee facilitates interdisciplinary discussion among graduate students, creates opportunities to network with other communities (post-docs, research staff, etc), and supports research efforts within the biotechnology community.

Past Events:

  • Coffee Chats to talk about research
  • Seminars with librarians
  • GaP (Graduate student and post-doc) Seminars

Committee Members could:

  • Work with Core facility directors to make training easier
  • Help recruit students to give GaP seminars
  • Chat with peers about research

Committee Chairs: Rachel Calder, Aekansh Goel, & David Reyes Aguilar

Committee Members:

  • Keno Ogelohwohor
  • Ryan Kern
  • David Tavakoli

Service Committee

The Service Committee works to impart a positive impact on the greater Atlanta community, performing activities like building homes, planting trees, and serving meals, creating opportunities for graduate students to give back in our community.

Past Events:

  • Habitat for Humanity volunteering
  • Open Hand volunteering
  • Building a bee garden outside of IBB

Committee Members could:

  • Help plant bee-friendly plants
  • Volunteer at local food banks, etc.
  • Help decrease lab carbon footprints

Committee Chairs: Becca Guth-Metzler Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli

Committee Members:

  • Nmachi Anumba
  • Melody Modarressi
  • Katherin Nguyen
  • Robert Nikolai
  • Raj Patel
  • Keshav Shah

Social Committee

The Social Committee provides fun and exciting opportunities for graduate students to hang out and have fun, planning and organizing events to build community amongst bioscience and bioengineering graduate students.

Past Events:

  • Whitewater Rafting Trip
  • Intramural Sports
  • Ice Cream Social with other majors (ChemE, ME, etc)

Committee Members could:

  • Help plan larger events (rafting, etc)
  • Plan a smaller event (game night)
  • Host IM practices

Committee Chairs: Hyoann Choi, Lucinda Peng, & David Ryoo

Committee Members:

  • Hira Anis
  • Yenho Chen
  • Lisa Meyer-Baese
  • Breanna Shi

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee facilitates various initiatives to support the mental health of graduate students. The mentoring program is one of these initiatives that pairs incoming students with older, more experienced graduate students, easing the pressures of the first year of graduate school and generating opportunities for networking within the bioscience and bioengineering community.

Past Events:

  • Co-Working Hours during quarantine
  • Thoughtful Thursdays
  • Mentor/Mentee Meetups

Committee Members could:

  • Work on weekly newsletter (~2 per semester)
  • Host co-working hours
  • Advocate for grad student mental health in different forums

Committee Chair: Kimmai Phan

Committee Members:

  • Joelle Dick
  • Abby Diering
  • Amisha Patel