OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
The Office of the President serves as the executive directorate of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association. The Co-Presidents are responsible for overseeing all committees as well as programming, logistical, communication, and fiscal initiatives, and for defining long term vision for the organization. They serve as liaisons between the organization and the Board of Faculty Advisors, as well as with outside organizations and entities, including other universities. Elected by the entire HCURA membership, the Co-Presidents serve a one-year term beginning in February and ending with the conclusion of the following year’s National Collegiate Research Conference.
Co-Presidents, 2018-2019: Michael Xie ‘20 and Molly Zeme ‘18
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
The Office of the Vice President assists the executive directorate and the Co-Presidents of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association. The Vice President is responsible for overseeing all committees in conjunction with the Co-Presidents, and for shaping and implementing long term vision for the organization. The Vice President is also responsible for managing internal board affairs. Appointed by the Co-Presidents with confirmation of the Executive Board, the Vice President serves a one-year term beginning in February and ending with the conclusion of the following year’s National Collegiate Research Conference.
Vice President, 2018-2019: Sanjana Rane '20
SECRETARY TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Secretary to the Executive Board supports the executive directorate and the Co-Presidents and Vice President of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association. The Secretary is responsible for internal communication and for implementing internal board action when deemed necessary by the Co-Presidents or Vice President. Appointed by the Co-Presidents, the Board Secretary serves a one-year term beginning in February and ending with the conclusion of the following year’s National Collegiate Research Conference.
Secretary, 2016-2017: Andy Wang ‘18
STANDING COMMITTEE ON PROGRAMMING
The Standing Committee on Programming (“Programming”) is the driving force behind the content and schedule of NCRC 2017. The committee contacts and secures world-renowned speakers for keynote addresses, plans panels and workshops sessions, and coordinates the plenary speakers. Programming takes charge of the events that conference participants take part in. They organize interactive and interdisciplinary activities such as the Innovation Challenge and informational sessions about research and careers to ensure that everyone has a positive conference experience. The programming committee is also responsible for creating the abstract book and organizing the poster competition.
Co-Directors of Programming: Melissa Tran ‘19 and Scott Xiao ‘19
STANDING COMMITTEE ON OPERATIONS
The Standing Committee on Operations (“Ops”) is the focal point for connecting HCURA with partner universities. Its role includes soliciting non-Harvard student participants, facilitating Harvard participation, and acting to answer any questions that participants may have. Additionally, the Participant Affairs/Operations committee oversees the participant experience at NCRC, including housing and other accommodations. During NCRC, the Participant Affairs/Operations committee is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of NCRC as well as the design aspects of the conference, including the program book, Boston outings for participants, banners and gifts, and generally ensures that the conference is running smoothly.
Director of Operations: Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz ‘19
STANDING COMMITTEE ON CAMPUS PROJECTS
The Standing Committee on Campus Projects (“CPC”) is HCURA’s primary presence on Harvard’s campus. Through an array of on-campus initiatives, we hope to both promote research on campus and create a strong community of student researchers among Harvard’s undergraduate population. Programs like the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Fair and HCURA Advising Program (HAP) both reach out to students interested in getting involved in research and expose current researchers to different fields outside their own.
Co-Directors of Campus Projects: Ugo Aguwa ‘19 and Nathan Williams ‘19
STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
The Standing Committee on Finance (“Finance”) is responsible for all of HCURA’s sponsorship and finance related endeavors. The committee works to establish and maintain relationships with both faculty and corporate sponsors, from Harvard’s graduate schools to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, we coordinate a career fair for our sponsors at the annual National Collegiate Research Conference, as well as company tours for our constituency. Apart from sponsorships, BCD manages all finances for the organization, including large annual budgets for the National Collegiate Research Conference and HCURA’s day-to-day operations.
Director of Finance: Jessica Li ‘19
STANDING COMMITTEE ON PUBLICITY
The Standing Committee on Publicity (“Publicity”) leads HCURA and Brevia’s publicity efforts. The committee creates HCURA’s weekly newsletter and design materials for publicity campaigns including Facebook cover photos, posters, and emails. The Publicity and Outreach committee is also responsible for determining new strategies to promote HCURA among the undergraduate community both at Harvard and other universities. Throughout the year, they maintain HCURA’s brand image while increasing HCURA and Brevia’s presence on campus.
Director of Publicity: Michael Liu ‘19
SELECT COMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY
The Select Committee on Technology maintains hcura.org, ncrc.org, and HCURA e-mail accounts. The committee updates the website in a timely and efficient manner and ensures that any forms or registration processes work smoothly. During the semester, Tech manages an online laboratory database and the NCRC mobile application.
Director of Technology: Xincheng You ‘18
Brevia is the official publication of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association. We publish in print once per semester and online more frequently. Our overarching goal is to be a forum for science, culture and other big ideas. We are committed to bringing all disciplines of research out of the ivory tower and into the discourse of the interested public. Through our opinion, features, and primary research articles, we explore the myriad connections in the world of intellectual endeavor. Our stories are brief because we want to make knowledge accessible and interesting, providing a palette of perspectives on the world around us.
Editors-in-Chief: Jessi Glueck ‘17 and Amir Bitran ‘16
Design Chair: Silvia Golumbeanu ‘17