The BDIC Senior Celebration will take place Saturday, May 11th, at 1:00 p.m., in the Campus Center Auditorium. At the BDIC event we recognize graduating seniors in a special and individualized way. Each new graduate will be called to the stage in a ceremony that recognizes the work your student has done to reach this great milestone. This BDIC ceremony is not meant to replace the University Commencement, and we encourage students – and their families! – to attend both events.


In March of 2013, the BDIC Program was fortunate enough to send a cohort to Denver, CO to partake in the Fifth Annual Individualized Major Program National Conference hosted by Metropolitan State University-Denver. Director Michael Sugerman and Professor Susan Ware, along with five of the BDIC Peer Advisors, participated in the three-day event and represented BDIC in a conference filled with both well-established and newly founded programs from across the country.

The members of the Student Advisory Board invite you to the Third 
Annual BDIC Alumni Networking Event on Sunday March 3, 1-3:30pm in the 
Marriott Room on the 11th floor of the Campus Center. The event will 
include a presentation from a Career Services networking specialist, a 
(short!) student presentation, and a FREE pasta buffet during a 

Tell us what you've been up to, and how BDIC helped shaped your life experiences. Send an Alumni Update! Below are some of the responses we've gotten!  Thanks to those people who chose to share their stories!

BDIC proposal applications are due on or before November 15, 2012 for entry into the Spring 2013 Proposal Writing class. This is a mandatory class to get into the BDIC major.

If you have any questions or need more information please attend one of our information sessions. We hold them everyday. The times can be found on our web site under "prospective students" then "information sessions" Here is the link to the page:

UCAN is a student-run community service network that was founded by two BDIC students, Kurt Schultz, concentration: Cognitive Neuroscience and Sam Mardell, concentration: Science, Technology, and Society. It connects UMass students to volunteer opportunities in the Amherst public schools. There are no required classes, no weekly meetings, and students volunteer on a consistent basis. Students are matched with opportunities based on their schedule and their interests.

The BDIC Student Advisory Board will be hosting a Faculty Sponsor Appreciation Night on November 7th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the University Club. Please join us for a night of conversation and celebration as we welcome our new BDIC Director, Michael Sugerman. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to not only meet Professor Sugerman, but also to network with Faculty Sponsors and other BDIC students.

After two years of serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in both Springfield, MA at Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, and one in Anchorage, AK working with a rural village energy education program (and a brief stint traveling across the country and giving dog sled tours at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon with Iditarod musher Rachel Scdoris), I am now living and working full-time in Anchorage, AK. As a Development Specialist, I am on the Development team at Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (or RurAL CAP).


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