Article I. Name
This organization shall be known as the University of Colorado at Boulder BMES Student Chapter, hereinafter called the “chapter” which shall have been granted a charter by the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Article II. Objectives
The chapter’s mission is to introduce students to the profession of biomedical engineering, expand their knowledge of tools and techniques used in the field, and develop members’ leadership and professional qualities through a variety of technical, professional, and social events. The chapter shall also promote membership in the BMES by acquainting the student body with the ideas, purposes, and objectives of BMES.
Article III. Membership
3.l. Any person who is a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate college curriculum in engineering, engineering technology, or pre-medicine, which culminates in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, or in any graduate level degree program which will enhance professional competence, and who is also a Student member in good standing of BMES is eligible for official national membership in the student chapter.
3.2. The Colorado chapter and it's activities are open to all CU-Boulder students.
3.3. All members of the student chapter are subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Article IV. Student Council
The chapter is classified as a professional organization and is to be registered with the appropriate College and/or University Student Council. The chapter is directly represented in the Student Council and Council decisions shall be binding upon this organization as long as they are not in any way conflicting with the BMES Constitution and Bylaws.
Article V. Officers
5.l. The officers of the chapter shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer/Membership Committee Chair, Fundraising Committee Chair, Mentor/Social Program Chair, and IT Coordinator.
5.2. The officers of the chapter shall be elected in the manner prescribed by the Bylaws of the chapter. They shall hold office for a period of one year if possible.
Article VI. Constitution
This Constitution may be amended by a three-fourths vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting, provided that written notice of the amendments have been posted on the Biomedical Engineering Bulletin Board (or other appropriate notice board) at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting. Upon passage, an amendment should be submitted to the Society headquarters.
Article I. Dues
l.l. The annual dues for the national BMES for Student members have been established at $30.
l.2. The chapter membership shall be authorized to suggest a voluntary contribution to the chapter treasury; beyond the amount collected as national dues. This amount shall not be remitted by the chapter members to the national Society, but shall be given directly to the chapter treasury for use by the chapter.
l.3. Student applications for membership are evaluated at Society headquarters. Students will individually be notified of their acceptance for BMES membership.
2.l. At least one week prior to the election meeting, all chapter members shall be eligible to run for any office. It is their duty to notify the current president of the specific position they shall be running for. He or she will then compile a ballot for use during elections.
Article III. Elections
3.l. Elections shall be held no later than February.
3.2. New officers shall take office on March l and continue through February 28 of the following year.
3.3. Special meetings will be called to elect new officers to fill any vacancies which may occur, provided that written notice of this meeting, its purpose, and office to be filled has been posted on the Biomedical Engineering Bulletin Board at least one week prior to the date of such a meeting.
3.4. No student shall be elected to office if graduating before completing at least one full year in office.
3.5. No officer may hold a particular office for more than one year, unless he or she is re-elected by the chapter.
3.6. A majority vote of all members present shall be necessary to elect an officer.
3.7. All elections shall be by secret ballot.
3.8. Impeachment of any officer may be accomplished only upon presentation of just and reasonable cause for such action to the Faculty Advisor of the chapter and, upon the Faculty Advisor’s approval, with a two-thirds vote of all officers of the chapter, subject to review by the BMES national office.
Article IV. Meetings
4.l. The chapter shall hold regular monthly meetings each month during the school year, with the exact date determined by the officers.
4.2. Notice of all meetings shall be posted on the Biomedical Engineering (or other appropriate) Bulletin Board at least one week prior to the date of the meeting, and may be further publicized in any manner deemed necessary and proper.
Article V. Programs
5.l. Regular meetings each month shall be devoted primarily to the profession of biomedical engineering and may be accomplished in connection with a dinner or refreshments.
5.2. A field trip may be scheduled in lieu of a regular monthly meeting.
5.3. At least one field trip shall be scheduled each academic year and must be supervised by the Faculty Advisor.
5.4. Social functions may not be scheduled in lieu of a regular monthly meeting.
Article VI. Duties of Officers
6.l. The President, as Chief Executive of the organization, shall supervise the organization’s affairs and activities. The President is the executive administrative, presiding and reporting officer. The President shall be responsible for public relations, publicity, and promotion of the organization’s activities. The President will appoint or act as the representative to the Engineering Student Council at the university, if one exists, and will work with the Faculty Advisor and Society national office in all council and Society matters. He or she shall also be responsible, along with the Vice President, for organizing all speakers and industry events.
6.2. The Vice President, who shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President, shall also supervise membership promotion. The Vice President may be the appointed representative to the Joint Engineering Council. The Vice President’s primary responsibility will be, in conjunction with the President, to organize all speakers and industry events.
6.3. The Secretary shall be responsible for posting notices of all regular and special meetings and shall keep a permanent record (minutes) of such meetings. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining a current roster of members and for timely communications with the Society national office. The Secretary will be responsible for maintaining a continuous Post Office Box address (or other permanent chapter address) and checking it frequently for correspondence. He or she shall also be responsible for writing the Chapter Development Report.
6.4. The Treasurer/Membership Committee Chair shall be responsible for the financial records of the organization, for the disbursement of funds at the direction of the membership (by vote) and with the approval of the Faculty Advisor, and for reporting in detail when requested by the membership. Income will be received through income producing functions approved by the membership and Faculty Advisor. He or she will also be responsible for recruiting new members and delegating duties to Membership Committee members.
6.5 The Fundraising Committee Chair shall be responsible for procuring funds to be used by the society and shall be responsible for delegating duties to members of the Fundraising Committee.
6.6 The Mentor/Social Committee Chair shall be responsible for maintaining the mentor program and ensuring that all mentor commitments are being kept. The Chair shall also be responsible for planning and running social events. He or she shall also delegate duties to members of the Social Committee.
6.7 The IT Coordinator shall be responsible for keeping current the website and social media groups.
Article VII. Awards Program
The chapter shall encourage its qualified members to apply for the Young Investigator Award, Graduate Student Awards, and Undergraduate Design Awards, sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Article VIII. Committees
8.l. There shall be three standing committees: fundraising, mentor/social, and membership.
8.2. The chairs of each committee shall be elected by the chapter.
8.3. The President shall determine and appoint any additional committees deemed necessary and proper to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
Article IX. Faculty Advisor
9.l. The Faculty Advisor shall be appointed annually by the Chapter/Department/University.
9.2. The Faculty Advisor must be an Associate member, Member, or Senior member of the Society. He/she shall serve the chapter and the BMES as an intermediary and resource person.
Article X. Amendment
These Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been posted on the Biomedical Engineering Bulletin Board at least one week prior to the meeting. Upon passage, an amendment should be submitted to the Society national office.
Next Meeting Information
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