The same officer is responsible for representing CSEG to three different committees: GSAC, UMEC, and GSF.
The University of Michigan Engineering Council (UMEC) is the student government for the College of Engineering. It is an undergraduate and graduate group that provides an interface for communication between engineering students and the engineering faculty and administrators.
- Attend all UMEC meetings. These meetings are mandatory if we want funding from UMEC. Meetings are held once every three weeks on a Wednesday night. This may change at their discretion.
- At the first UMEC meeting at the beginning of the school year (in September), they will ask you to register your organization. Register CSEG as an official CoE organization by providing our name, and the names and contact information of the New President, Treasurer, UMEC Rep, and Advisor.
- Forms to request funding for events can be found on the UMEC website: http://www.umec.engin.umich.edu.
The Graduate Forum is a loosely organized group of graduate students from different academic units who act as informational liaisons between the graduate school and individual departments. Meetings of the Forum generally focus on topics the Rackham administration would like to make students aware of (e.g., resources for students, rules for dissertations, etc.). At each meeting, there is also an opportunity for Forum members to bring concerns of their constituents to the Rackham administration.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Forum representative include: 1) Attending Forum meetings; 2) Compiling and disseminating information from these meetings to the CSEG membership; 3) Forwarding announcements (primarily email) from the graduate school to CSEG members; and 4) Taking membership concerns to the Rackham administrators.
The committee generally meets only once or twice a semester for 2-3 hour meetings. Email correspondence occurs much more frequently, sometimes several messages a week. However, the majority of messages require only that they be forwarded to the CSEG mailing list.
This position would be great for anyone who really had some ideas about how to improve the graduate experience and the energy to carry out those ideas. The administrators on the Forum appear genuinely interested in student concerns and have some capacity to see those concerns addressed.