How to Join

Qualifications

MCBcDNA has a very diverse membership and each of our members contribute their uniqueness to the club. However, we do look for members who are dedicated, confident, motivated, creative, and present leadership and teamwork capabilities. 

Executive members are expected to take an active role in MCBcDNA through participating in events, meetings, and workshops.

*Must be a current Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior

Recruitment Schedule

Membership Applications (both paper and electronic copies) are due by 3PM on Wednesday, February 5th. Interviews will be held on Saturday, February 8th.

Application

Our membership application has two parts, a basic information form and a series of short answer questions to provide a description of the applicant's background. Applicants submit the information form electronically when they finish. The short answer responses will be completed on a separate document that must be submitted BOTH electronically to the club email (mcbcdna@gmail.com) AND as hard copies to the MCB UAO (3060 VLSB). Application can be found here.

After applications have been reviewed by an admissions committee in the club, a selection of applicants will progress to an interview stage. Applicant interviews are business professional and approximately 30 minutes in length.

Once the interviews are complete, the club admissions committee will make final selections and notify applicants of the decision via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

[1] How is MCBcDNA different from mcbUSA?

(a) What is MCBcDNA ?
The main differences between our two clubs are size and focus.

MCBcDNA is a significantly larger, more cohesive club because we have twice the number of members. This introduces another level of intellectual diversity to our club while providing a greater variety of responsibilities, roles, and mobility for our members.

We focus on providing our peers with resources for success through more targeted and informative events. 

Most importantly, we engage our members and promote a sense of community that is simply indispensable in today's world. This is accomplished through retreats, socials, and workshops.

(b) How is mcbUSA different?
mcbUSA (Molecular & Cell Biology Undergraduate Student Association) is the other student organization sponsored by the MCB department. They are an officer-based club that focuses on connecting students with the faculty. 

Some of their events include Ice Cream Socials, Milk & Cookie Socials, and Faculty Student Luncheons. They also touch upon some of our events such as Emphasis Night and Volunteer Night.

Their most notable contribution is the SURP (Summer Undergraduate Research Program) that they pilot every spring semester.

[2] Do I have to be an MCB major?
MCBcDNA is open to students of ALL majors. However, we do expect members to express interest in the biological field. 

[3] What is the time commitment for being an executive member?
We highly encourage our members to attend ALL of our events and socials. We expect our members to take on an active role within the club. You need to be able to contribute at least 5 hrs/wk to the club. 

[4] What is the benefit of joining MCBcDNA?
MCBcDNA is a professional club that fosters academic excellence, leadership, professionalism, and friendship among all of our members. As a member of the club, you have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills at Cal by planning campus-wide events and network with other students. We train our members to host professional events for the MCB department. In addition, you will also have the chance to meet wonderful students of all backgrounds and make lifelong friendships.

Being a member is a rewarding experience!