Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB)
The National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society
Purpose of AEMB
“Alpha Eta Mu Beta is the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society. Established in 1979, Alpha Eta Mu Beta was formed to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering. Membership into Alpha Eta Mu Beta consists of those individuals in the field of Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering who through their attainments in college or in practice have manifested a deep interest and marked ability in their chosen life work. The purpose of Alpha Eta Mu Beta is to bring these individuals into closer union so as to promote an understanding of the profession. Membership to Alpha Eta Mu Beta is a privilege and an honor. Members of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are recognized in an outstanding manner for having conferred honor on their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship, exemplary character, honorable activities, and leadership.
Through various development, training, networking and service opportunities, members of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are able to learn and grow. In this process, they develop critical lifelong skills that prepare them to excel for the post college environment or to transform individuals at their present jobs into leaders and innovators.
The fields of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering are evolving, therefore over the years AEMB has transformed itself into a dynamic organization to meet the needs of its growing membership and alumni, the institutions that they serve and our society.” – AEMB National Website
Invitations to join the prestigious society of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are sent each year to the top one-fifth of the junior class and the top one-third of the senior class who have completed at least six credit hours of bioengineering courses. This year the AEMB board will offer members the opportunity to partake in the following:
- General Body Meetings (GBMs) – held roughly once every month. The first GBM will introduce initiates and current members to the new and improved AEMB, especially the revised membership requirements. Subsequent meetings will inform members of activities and will include a social component such as trivia competitions, games, and other fun activities that facilitate bonding with the other members.
- Initiation Ceremony – is tentatively planned for the 11th week of each semester. Initiates will be asked to dress business casual for the event. We will provide dinner after the ceremony for everyone who participates.
- Volunteering – The AEMB board will have a partnership with BOA’s Volunteering and Outreach Program and work to provide a steady stream of volunteering opportunities for members to fulfill their service requirements. One recurring opportunity is Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) where volunteers act as “coaches” and play with children with disabilities – making sure the kids remain active during the sessions. KEEN Dates: October 13th, October 27th, November 10th, December 8th
- Research Presentations – Many BOA members participate in some sort of research activity at UIC and the AEMB board is extending the opportunity for interested members to present their research to their fellow AEMB members for one hour of service. Additionally, the presenter will gain valuable experience presenting their research in front of a crowd and get constructive criticism from the members. The members will be exposed to the various research topics explored at UIC.
The UIC chapter of AEMB has the potential to be recognized on a national level by winning the national awards available and our board this year will work towards that goal. We hope to provide members with activities that will set us apart from existing chapters but we need your active participation to make it eventful.
AEMB board 2013-2014