BioScience Student Advisory Committee - BioSAC

What is BioSAC?

BioSAC is the student advisory committee of the School of Biological Sciences. Student Advisory Committees (SACs) are student groups established within departments and schools to promote communication and interaction among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The SACs were created to provide students more opportunities to provide input at the department level. Find details on SACs in the ASUU SAC HANDBOOK.

What does BioSAC do?

One of the primary jobs of BioSAC is involvement in the Faculty Retention, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) process of the Biology department which affords student members the opportunity to have a voice in the retention and promotion of faculty within the School of Biological Sciences. This is a serious responsibility of the committee and requires strong understanding of the scientific research process and involvement with Biology faculty and research labs. BioSAC is also a social and an academic organization within the School of Biological Sciences and as such it promotes involvement opportunities, encourages participation in Biology activities, and works together with others to build campus community. BioSAC members are also part of the Biology undergraduate student club BSURC where they promote academic and social activities and encourage collaboration with other student organizations.

Who are the current members?

A BioSAC chair is chosen or elected from the students in the school (Biology majors). Up to 12 members can be appointed, each with various leadership positions (Vice-chair, treasurer etc). The current members of BioSAC are:

Chair: Derek Young

Derek is a junior at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Biology with a Cell and Molecular Emphasis. He is also minoring in Chemistry. In addition to his involvement with BioSAC, Derek is also a Student Success Outreach Ambassador with the Student Success Empowerment Initiative on campus.



Vice-Chair: Josh Seoane

Josh is a junior at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Biology with a Cellular and Molecular emphasis. In addition to his involvement Biology Student Advisory Committee, he is also Treasurer of the Bio-Science Undergraduate Research Club and research assistant in the Phadnis Lab where he is studying genetic factors in speciation. As part of the BSURC leadership, Josh enjoys exposing undergraduates to the research opportunities offered by the University of Utah.


Treasurer: Leda Erlandson

Leda is a Junior at the University of Utah.She is from Maui, Hawaii but currently lives in Salt Lake City. She is studying Biology with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry, and hopes to attend medical school one day. She loves hiking, playing soccer, video games, surfing, and snowboarding, but is up to trying anything new. She looks forward to her next couple of years at the U and all the new experiences that the U has to offer!"


Other committee members:

Name: Kevin Yang
Kevin is a junior at the University of Utah completing his degree in biology. In addition to his involvement with BioSAC, Kevin is an organic chemistry teaching assistant for two separate classes and the director of the board of academic affairs for ASUU. Kevin has a profound interest in research, he is currently employed in two research labs (Nephrology and Integrative Nutrition) and generated multiple coauthor papers.


Name: Joseph Sheikh
Joseph Sheikh is a junior at the University of Utah completing a degree in Biology. In addition to his pursuits in biology, he is interested in continuing his education after undergraduate by attending medical school.



Want to Join?

If you are interested in Joining BioSAC contact the BioSAC chair at

Training for members.

As soon as you join the committee schedule a meeting with the entire committee to go over your role and responsibilities as a member. Two training sessions are required in order to provide the SAC with necessary information to function properly. The first training session will be held at the beginning of the Fall Semester and will include an overview of duties and expectations, registration of the SAC with ASUU, and leadership training. The second training is presented during the Spring Semester by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. This meeting is designed to acquaint and familiarize students with the RPT process. New members have to attend these training sessions.

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