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Registered Student Organizations of Interest to Biological Sciences Students Updated September 4, 2009 Alpha Chi Sigma President: Robert DiFazio, email@example.com Purpose: To bring together students in chemistry or other related fields in a social AND professional setting. Basically just be awesome! American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Illinois Student Chapter President: Samantha Haskins, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To provide veterinary students with additional educational opportunities and experience in the veterinary care of zoo animals. American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Student Chapter of the President: Dusty Sachen, email@example.com Purpose: To provide veterinary students with opportunities to learn about holistic veterinary medicine, network within the holistic veterinary community, and educate the general public about holistic veterinary medicine. American Medical Student Association Pre-Med (AMSA) President: Sean Swearingen, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: The mission of this organization is to cultivate exploration of the medical field by pre- medical students. We hope to achieve this by contributing to the community through volunteering, attending AMSA regional and national conventions, physician and medical student mentoring, and a variety of other medical and non-medical related experiences. We aim to prepare pre-medical students for the challenges they will face both in medical school and as physicians. Applied Health Sciences Student Council President: Jordan Sestak, email@example.com Purpose: To educate students of the various academic, social, as well as professional opportunities available. As well as promoting enhanced interaction between students, alumni, staff, in addition to organizations within the college of Applied Health Sciences. Aquarium Club President: Erik Chatroop, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To enjoy the aquarium hobby as well as to promote conservation and awareness of marine and aquatic environments. Aspiring Latinos in Medicine Association (ALMA) President: Anna Morris, email@example.com Purpose: The purpose of this organization is to allow students to learn more about different health fields/careers and obtain the information and resources needed to continue education in health related fields. Also, this organization will give the opportunity to interested students to volunteer in health related community services both domestic and abroad expanding the knowledge of differences in international medical practices. Assisting, Tutoring, and Planning for Students in the Health Related Sciences President: Arsalan Kabir, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: This program will provide tutoring for students majoring in MCB, Chemistry, Kinesiology, and Community Health majors as well as others interested in going into the health related fields. We will also provide help with the math and physics classes required for those majors and have meetings to discuss resume building opportunities. Students can join to tutor others, form study groups, or receive help from the tutors. Biological Anthropology Journal Club President: Alyson Rode, email@example.com Purpose: To provide a forum for discussing new ideas, new and classic biological anthropology publications, and to hear invited speakers from within the diverse field of Biological Anthropology. Campus Greens of UIUC President: Sarah Grajdura, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote a variety of progressive causes that have a direct impact on the environment, economy, and social and political landscape. Club Insecta President: Allen Lawrance, email@example.com Purpose: To provide students opportunities to gain valuable experience, participate in community outreach, and have fun through entomological activities. Companion Animals Club President: Anna Bengtson, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote enjoyment of companion animals through related activities, such as volunteer opportunities and social events, while providing career and educational resources for its members. Direct Health Projects International President: Richard Kim, email@example.com Purpose: To provide basic health relief to rural, poverty stricken areas in Ecuador, one family at a time. Our group works closely with leaders and well-established organizations of the communities we are targeting to create a well-coordinated relief effort based on basic medical aid and health education. Ecological Design Consortium President: Jennifer Sin, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote ecological, economical, and equitable design solutions for the built environment. Environmental Law Society President: Stephanie Johnson, email@example.com Purpose: Enhance the community's awareness of environmental issues on all levels, to facilitate open discussion about environmental issues, and to promote sustainable environmental practices. Frontiers- International Health Society President: Kyla Bachtell, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Frontiers- International Health Society is committed to raising awareness of global health disparities. In addition it is Frontiers’ mission to foster critical exploration of solutions regarding health care issues. Global Medical Brigades at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign President: Elizabeth Cunningham, email@example.com Purpose: The Global Medical Brigades is a secular, non-profit network of university clubs and volunteer organizations that travel to developing countries. We are a grass roots movement all over North America working in concert to provide medical relief and health education to the world's poorest countries. Green Energy Team President: David Kirmse, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: We provide a free aluminum can recycling service. With the aluminum cans we are able to build solar energy heaters to then donate to under privileged families. Hoof and Horn President: Nolan Paxton, email@example.com Purpose: To educate students interested in animal agriculture and its related industries. Human Nutrition Club President: Karla Ortiz, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To unite those interested in the advancement of nutrition through education,awarness,and outreach both on campus and throughout the community. Illini Dairy Club President: Bradley Niemerg, email@example.com Purpose: To organize students and faculty members with interests in dairy science for their mutual benefit, to broaden their knowledge, and to stimulate a greater interest in the dairy industry. Illini Emergency Medical Services President: Elizabeth Regan, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Provide volunteer EMT-B care at events on campus and to educate the C-U community in CPR and first-aid. Illini Green Team President: Annie Sun, email@example.com Purpose: To promote green living in residence halls and people in the community through environmental education, service projects and social activities. Illini Heartbeats President: David Edelstein, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Promoting awareness of cardiovascular disease and a heart healthy lifestyle! Major initiatives are education, fundraising and coalition formation to increase CVD awareness in C-U. Illini Medical Screening Society President: Grant Reed, email@example.com Purpose: Our organization will provide uninsured individuals medical screening including some basic blood work. This will be run by pre-health undergraduate students at the University of Illinois under the supervision of local physicians and nurses. We hope to serve people in both an urban and rural setting once per month. Finally, we hope our organization will serve as a template for other universities to replicate in their geographic area. Illini Red Cross Club President: Allison Mayer, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To establish an organization of volunteers with the University in order to educate and provide unique volunteer opportunities, as well as raise funds for the Red Cross and its chapters. Illinois Biophysics Society President: Damien Mathew, email@example.com Purpose: To encourage the participation of all students interested in biophysics research. Illinois Journal of Undergraduate Research President: Robert Grzyb, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Promoting the importance of undergraduate research and providing a medium for publication of such research. Illinois Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association President: Adrienne DiPietro, email@example.com Purpose: To promote a spirit of friendly professionalism and leadership among students in veterinary school. International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine President: Jayme Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote further knowledge in the field of aquatic and marine mammal medicine. International Health Society-COM President: Helena Orbach, email@example.com Purpose: We are a group committed to learning about, addressing, and impacting global health issues. Kinesiology Student Association President: Stephanie Chirillo, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To provide a mechanism for those interested in kinesiology to express their educational, professional, and social interests and concerns. Latinos in Pre-Health President: Pablo Quintana, email@example.com Purpose: Provide guidance and academic support to students pursuing a health-related field. Assist health major students by providing numerous opportunities and activities that will enhance their qualifications and increase competitiveness in the application process for graduate/health schools. LIGASE Timothy Feldheim, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Just as DNA Ligase links together the gaps in the DNA backbone, this organization will link together students interested in Molecular and Cellular Biology and provide a medium for students to pursue and discover the plethora of fields associated with MCB. March of Dimes Collegiate Council President: Sarah Loebach, email@example.com Purpose: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) President: Caesar Arturo, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: MAPS Pre-Med strives to connect members with all the resources necessary to become the most well-rounded medical school applicant by hosting a variety of speakers from local hospitals and clinics, Doctor panels, Senior Pre-Med panels, UIC Med Student Mentor Match, SNMA conference, and plenty of volunteering opportunities. We also keep members updated with our newletter Pre-Med Campus which provides details on Pre-Med events around campus. National Network of Latin American Medical Students, UIUC Chapter President: Mario Lopez, email@example.com Purpose: To provide support for underrepresented medical students and to educate medical students on Latino health issues through advocacy and volunteerism. National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers President: Kwaku Okraku, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: The mission of NOBCChE is to build an eminent community of scientists and engineers by increasing the number of minorities in these fields. National Science Teachers' Association, Illinois Chapter President: Jerry Brady, email@example.com Purpose: The NSTA-Illinois student chapter supports and encourages students in science education by providing professional development and community service opportunities while upholding the mission of the National Science Teacher Association. New Life Volunteering Society President: Sarah Bluhm, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To serve the homeless, hungry, mentally and physically disabled, and underprivileged children. Our volunteering opportunities are open to everyone who wants to make a difference. We volunteer at places like Champaign County Free Health Clinic, Times Homeless Shelter, and Swaan Center for Disabled Children. NLVS also has medical missions in Chicago and Florida, and abroad in Costa Rica, Peru, and South Africa! Omega Tau Sigma Professional Veterinary Fraternity President: Amy Wade, email@example.com Purpose: Professional veterinary organization devoted to community service and the furthering of bettering the career of veterinary medicine. Phi Delta Epsilon President: John Mihelcic, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To foster and achieve bonding among future and current physicians of high moral character devoted to education and philanthropy for a lifetime. Pre-Dental Club President: Ashley Ginsberg, email@example.com Purpose: To guide undergraduate students in their pursuit towards a career in dentistry. Pre-Optometry Club President: Payal Thakkar, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To provide members with more resources and knowledge about the field of optometry. Pre-Pharmacy Club President: Kinjal Shah, email@example.com Purpose: To introduce students on campus to each other and to the studies and profession of pharmacy. Pre-Physician Assistant Club President: Kristin Hess, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To help prospective students interested in the physician assistant program prepare for graduate school and a career as a PA. Pre-SOMA at UIUC President: Jay Patel, email@example.com Purpose: Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. It is set up to promote and inform the public about the osteopathic medical education as well as to increase the number of applicants to osteopathic medical schools. Pre-Vet Club President: Amanda Wolff, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To provide guidance and membership for students interested in continuing their education in the field of Veterinary Medicine. Red Bison President: Justin Meissen, email@example.com Purpose: To work on prairie restoration projects and educate the campus and community about native vegetation. Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers at Illinois President: Dan Yu, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live. SASE’s mission is to - Prepare Asian heritage students for success in the transnational, global business world. - Promote diversity and tolerance on campuses and in the workplace. South Asian Pre-Health Association President: Avishkar Sharma, email@example.com Purpose: To assist students pursuing a career in a health-related field by providing a multitude of opportunities, academic and advising support, and activities that will enhance their qualifications and increase competitiveness in the application process for graduate/health schools. Student Alliance Of Veterinarians For the Environment President: Samantha Haskins, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote the conservation of nature and a more sustainable/eco-friendly College through education within the veterinary profession. Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists President: Richard Hill, email@example.com Purpose: To study the physiology and mechanisms of disease and introduce veterinary careers in the field of pathology. Student National Medical Association President: Sylvester Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To increase the number of physicians devoted to underserved communities. Student Nurses' Association President: Rebekah Miller, email@example.com Purpose: To use our health care knowledge to impact our fellow students and community through our volunteer services; to encourage students to consider the field of nursing as a career option; and to unite all levels of nursing students on the campus. Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society President: Joseph Cosman, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: This club enriches the experiences of the students of veterinary medicine by exposing them to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Students for Environmental Concerns President: Anthony Larson, email@example.com Purpose: To educate and inform students and community members about environmental issues and to work towards positive environmental change on a national, statewide, and local level. Students Towards Alzheimer's Research and Service (STARS) President: Julia Buhnerkempe, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote awareness of Alzheimer's Disease at the University of Illinois, provide fundraising activities in coordinance with the Alzheimer's Association chapter in Bloomington, IL, and to engage in service work with Alzheimer's patients in local hospitals and nursing homes in the Champaign/Urbana area. Teach For America University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter President: Tanisha Joyce, email@example.com Purpose: Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. Unite for Sight at UIUC President: Payal Thakkar, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To empower communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity President: Kelly DeBaene, email@example.com Purpose: To encourage veterinary students and faculty to explore multiculturalism and expose minority communities to veterinary medicine. Veterinary Students of Illinois, Limited President: Kathryn Wycislo, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Sale of books and medical equipment to veterinary students and staff. Water Environment Federation President: Kyle Hegger, email@example.com Purpose: Focus on preserving watershed quality and advancement of biofuels research. Projects include algal biodiesel production, wastewater nutrient harvesting and local educational/outreach programs. Also, interface with professionals and prepare for post graduate life. Women In Molecular and Cellular Biology President: Martha Tomala, firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: Our aim is to support the inclusion of women majors in MCB. We aim to do volunteer work with local area hospitals and in the health industry in general. We will foster professional and interpersonal networking opportunities in a noncompetitive and supportive environment.