About the BISC Grad CaucusOur constitution is available here.
What?The purpose of the Caucus is to discuss issues important to Biology grad students, including funding, space issues, and development on Burnaby Mountain. The Caucus is also responsible for planning social and educational events, including the BISC Grad Symposium, the Biodiversity Hunt, and various socials, and for providing door prizes for the annual Departmental Holiday Party. In addition, the Caucus organizes an annual lottery to distribute Graduate Student Society Travel Grants for travel to conferences.
Where?The Caucus meets monthly in the Biology Grad Lounge on the 7000-level of Biology.
How?The Graduate Student Society provides the Caucus with $717 per semester to fund socials and other events and to buy supplies.
Who?Every grad student in Biology is a member of the Biology Grad Caucus.
PositionsSee the Contact page to see who currently holds the positions described below.
The Steering Committeeis responsible for the general "running" of the Caucus. The Steering Committee is generally elected at the last general meeting of the Spring semester (end of April). It is made up of 5 members:
The Associate Chair
- Events Committee Officers (3)
- Webmaster (for this web site)
- Departmental Graduate Studies Committee (DGSC) -- see below
- Departmental Scholarship Committee
- Faculty Mole (attends Departmental Faculty Meetings)
- Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) Steward
- Graduate Student Society (GSS)
Committee representatives and other positions generally volunteer at Caucus meetings when an opening arises. If there is more than one volunteer, an election is held for that position.
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee (DGSC)
- reviewing all applications to the MSc, MET, MPM, and PhD programs
- monitoring and reviewing yearly student progress reports *
- reviewing all applications for transfer from the masters to the doctorate program
- quality control of directed readings courses *
- approval of leave of absences or extensions *
- approval of new graduate courses
- approval of NSERC travel awards *
- Any problems pertaining to student funding, miscommunication with supervisor/committee members, harrassment etc.
- approval of qualifying semesters
- approval of supervisory committes *
- approval of defences and examining committees *
- review of PhD candidacy exams
- regulating the amount of funding supervisors pay their graduate students. For 2004 the amount is $9000 pay per year per MSc, MPM or PhD student and a full semester of funding for MET students during their "project or research" semester
- * Any other issues pertaining to graduate students, dealt with either solely by the chair or as a committee, depending on the issue at hand. The student reps are available to answer or counsel ANYONE on ANY of the above items. All issues discussed are confidential and therefore do not have to be brought forth to the DGSC or chair unless the student wishes to do so. If you are just looking for some advice and want to run some ideas by your reps then please feel free to do so at any time.