Student representatives on the Admissions Committee are full voting members who review prospective student applications and make decisions regarding their admission into the CMB Program.
- Commitment: Review a subset of applications over the course of 7-10 days, one day-long meeting in December, additional shorter meetings after each recruiting weekend.
- Responsibilities: Review prospective student applications
The Coordinating Committee is the governing body of the CMB Program. Leadership is provided by the CMB Program Chair and membership consists of the Admissions Chair, Advising and Orientation Chair, Curriculum Chair, Recruiting Chair, Focus Group Chairs, Fellowship/Training Grant Liaison, and the CMB Program Coordinator. There are also four graduate student representatives on this committee who participate as full voting members.
- Commitment: One-hour meetings four times per year (September through May)
- Responsibilities: Discuss relevant programmatic issues, review new faculty trainer applications, conduct yearly faculty trainer renewal processes, and set policies and procedures for the CMB Program
Student orientation leaders are involved in planning community building and social activities during Advising and Orientation Week for new incoming CMB graduate students.
- Commitment: Two to three one-hour meetings during July/August and attendance at various activities during Advising and Orientation Week (end of August)
- Responsibilities: Plan social events for new students, time talks or solicit volunteers for talk timers during rotation talks, attend lunch with new students, and organize an annual canoe trip/hike
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee is designed to create opportunities for CMB graduate students to develop well-rounded science skills that could potentially allow for a broad range of thinking about their research area. The committee has recently focused on career opportunity seminars to increase awareness of future career opportunities.
- Commitment: Various meetings throughout the year and monthly seminars, the third Wednesday of every month, from 4:00-5:00pm
- Responsibilities: Plan events related to student interest in professional development, host visiting speakers, and organize career panels and alumni guest speakers
Recruiting managers are expected to plan positive and welcoming recruiting visits for prospective CMB graduate students that exemplify the student leadership and community atmosphere found throughout the CMB Program.
- Commitment: Weekly meetings during January through March and attendance at most events during recruiting weekends held in January and February
- Responsibilities: Organize all student volunteers for various activities, serve as the main point of contact for visiting students, and ensure high quality and well organized recruiting weekends
In the fall, CMB student leaders organize a scientific retreat held off-campus. This weekend event is intended to provide an informal atmosphere for graduate students to discuss research interests between various laboratories. Students are encouraged to present posters, research talks, or workshop ideas, as well as interact and learn about other research in the CMB Program.
- Commitment: Two or three brief meetings between September and November
- Responsibilities: Plan the yearly retreat, organize the retreat schedule, and recruit students to attend and participate
Recruiting Weekend Volunteers
Recruiting weekend volunteers are expected to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for prospective CMB graduate students visiting for recruiting weekends and to provide assistance to recruiting weekend managers or the CMB Office staff as requested during recruiting weekends.
- Commitment: Attend various events each recruiting weekend in January and February
- Responsibilities: Pick up prospective students at the airport, be a host for dinner, escort students to faculty trainer interviews, host apartment tour, attend Madison activities, attend recruiting dinners, and present a poster during the poster session
Student Seminar Series Presenters
Throughout the academic year, the CMB student seminar is designed to give CMB graduate students an informal atmosphere to practice presenting their research to other graduate students. The seminar presenter receives feedback from attendees through a written and oral format. Students are given opportunities to network and learn about the diversity of research being performed within CMB and the UW-Madison campus.
- Commitment: Present at monthly seminars on Monday evenings at 5:00pm during the academic year
- Responsibilities: Present a research seminar talk at the monthly seminars
CMB peer mentors are matched with incoming students to help them with the transition to graduate school. Peer mentors connect with their matched incoming student during the summer and continue to serve as a resource for them as needed throughout the first year of graduate school.
- Commitment: Email conversations during the summer prior to new students entering the program, other meetings as necessary when the students arrive.
- Responsibilities: Serve as a resource for new CMB students as they transition into life in Madison and as a new graduate student. Answer questions they have about the program, etc.