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Biological Engineers Club wins ‘You Decide/We Provide’ campaign at Mizzou

Biological Engineers Club members view a presentation by '08 Mizzou graduate Sarah Barker, representing Burns & McDonnell, at their meeting on February 26.

The University of Missouri Biological Engineers Club (BEC) has received a $1,000 donation from Burns & McDonnell Foundation as a part of the company’s “You Decide/We Provide” campaign. The campaign gave 23 Midwest universities the opportunity to compete for the funds on each campus by voting on the company Web site. The engineering organization with the most votes per campus received $1,000 to use as they like. Among the winning organizations from the other universities were chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and others.

According to Sarah Barker, 08’ Mizzou graduate and engineer at Burns & McDonnell, the campaign was an initiative to garner more support and attract people to their Web site.

“We usually donate that amount of money to a student organization that solicits us, but this year we decided to let the groups decide,” Barker said.

MU BEC is a group of about 30 to 40 students who meet on alternate Thursdays. Members take trips, host speakers, tour related facilities and hold social events among other activities. BEC allows members to network and develop relationships in the biological engineering community.

“The goal of our organization is to help expand the knowledge and opportunities available to BE students,” 2007-08 President Ben Goldschmidt said.

According to Goldschmidt, students could vote an unlimited number of times for their organizations. Their diligence paid off.

Goldschmidt said he voted on the Web site a couple hundred times at least, adding, “I wanted to go out as a good president,” Goldschmidt said.

Newly elected president Brandon Smith, a junior, said he is uncertain how the funds will be used, but that they will most likely go towards general fees for trips and activities that are not covered by the University Organization Resource Group — who funds and assist student organizations.

“Nothing is set in stone, but our main goal is to get our club actively involved in the College of Engineering, and these funds will be a great help,” Smith said.



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