We are an organization dedicated to improving the education of UCSD’s biology undergraduate population by providing programs that enrich personal, academic, and professional growth. We are a place where you can make friends, connections, and opportunities and we hope to help you find your passion in biology. BSSA is a resource for you to utilize during your time here at UCSD!
Educate: Help you learn about all of the resources available here at UCSD as an undergraduate biology major.
Enrich: Enrich your years here at UCSD through volunteer and social events. (College goes by fast!)
Empower: Empower you with the skills and experience to stand out amongst the crowd when applying in today's competitive post-graduate world.
With more than twenty percent of the University of California, San Diego’s undergraduate population declared as biology majors, the Biological Sciences Student Association (BSSA) plays a crucial role in expanding opportunities and enhancing the overall educational and social experiences of these students during their time here. In addition, BSSA assists in preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities. UCSD biology graduates go on to careers in many fields. Besides becoming scientists and physicians, they are teachers, administrators, health care professionals, business people, and lawyers. BSSA, which complements our strong degree programs, is run by a board of officers and receives administrative support from the Dean’s Office.
Want to get more involved with our org? Want to develop your interpersonal skills, gain leadership experience, and HAVE FUN while doing it? Join one of our event planning committees! You will get to work with the committee head(s) and take part in the event-planning process. You will get to incorporate your ideas and see what it takes to put on these events for the student community!
Here is a list of the committees and what they do:
Active members have priority to special events, such as the Professor Student Mixer, Zoo Trip, Aquarium Trip, etc.
People who earn the most membership points for the quarter are awarded with a prize (gift card) at the end of the quarter!
Members earn points for each event attended, including committee meetings, so remember to sign in! Also, if you can be a driver for an event, you can earn an extra point. And if you attend an event with your mentor/mentee, you can earn another point!!
Another opportunity: chalkboarding can earn you more than one points (i.e., chalkboarding at more than one lecture hall). Take a picture of the chalkboarding and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Whitney at email@example.com!
The BSSA Mentor-Mentee Program is aimed towards, but not limited to, freshmen and transfer students at UC San Diego. In order to facilitate the transition to our institution, the program aims to pair the incoming student with an upperclassman Biology undergraduate at UC San Diego who share common interests and goals. In doing so, we act as a liaison in promoting the development of a positive relationship between the mentor and the mentee that will boost the personal growth of both interacting parties.
We encourage all those whom may be interested in participating in this highly rewarding experience to apply for the academic year!
Our mentors receive benefits such as discounts biology senior stoles! If you are a mentor for one year, you will receive a 50% discount and if you have mentored for 2 years, you receive a free stole!!
Please contact Vineet at firstname.lastname@example.org.