The purpose of this organization shall be to highlight the academic excellence of bioengineering students and to promote the field of biomedical engineering. This organization will also serve as a bridge between the department’s administration, faculty, alumni, and the student body at large.
Section 1. Active Membership
There shall be but one class of active members.
Juniors who have maintained an average scholastic grade in the upper one-fifth and seniors who have maintained an average scholastic grade in the upper one-fourth of the Biomedical Engineering class of which they are a member shall be eligible for active membership
A graduate student eligible for membership 1) must be a candidate for an MS or PhD graduate degree in Bioengineering and have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a university with an ABET accredited undergraduate program; and 2) must have a grade-point average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper one-third of eligible graduate students, whichever is higher.
In the case of students whose eligibility is in doubt because of irregular standing or curriculum, the matter shall be referred to the National Executive Council for appropriate action.
Membership in any other fraternity or society shall not prevent a student from active membership in AEMB.
Section 2. Alumni Membership
Any graduate Biomedical Engineer from a school now having a chapter of AEMB, who during his or her scholastic career fulfilled the requirements for membership, may be eligible for alumni membership providing that the degree was received during a period when the program was accredited by the ABET.
Any active member, upon completion of his/her studies, shall become an alumni member of the AEMB chapter at the University of Maryland
A member having received a degree at one institution and pursuing an advanced degree at University of Maryland may apply to the AEMB chapter at University of Maryland to have his/her alumni membership reverted to active membership, pursuant to the University of Maryland chapter's by-laws.
Section 3. Faculty Membership
Faculty membership may be granted to a faculty member of the University of Maryland AEMB chapter who has made an outstanding contribution to education in the field of Biomedical Engineering, upon review and approval of his/her credentials by the National Executive Council.
The purpose of the faculty membership is to provide a direct and manifest means for faculty of the program in Biomedical Engineering to be identified with, and participate in the activities of AEMB at the University of Maryland. While there is no intent that a faculty member should participate as an active member in the chapter, faculty need to be fully aware of the ideals and objectives of the chapter and to render aid and assistance to the chapter as needed. The traits expected of the members of AEMB -- scholarship, character, responsibility, sociability, diligence, and widespread interest – are of prime consideration in faculty - student relationships. The affiliation of the faculty and their contribution to the welfare of AEMB are encouraged.
Section 4. Election of Members
New members shall be elected by open ballot at the beginning of each semester. A three-fourths majority of all active members present during elections shall be required to elect a person to membership. The chapter’s Faculty Advisor will verify academic eligibility of all potential members. New eligibility requirements need to be voted on by a quorum majority of the active members and approved by the chapter’s faculty advisor. Any new eligibility requirements must also meet or exceed the minimum requirements as established by the national AEMB Constitution.
All candidates for membership shall be elected by an active chapter and shall be initiated, according to the prescribed ritual of the national initiation script and the University of Maryland chapter.
Section 5. Eligibility Questions
Any questions concerning the eligibility of students for an active membership at a particular school should be sent with a copy of the current chapter bylaws to the National Executive Council for review and decision. The appeal of any particular decision will rest solely with the National Executive Council.
Section 6. Inactive Members
An active member may become or may be declared an inactive member subject to conditions set forth by the University of Maryland chapter’s bylaws. A member can only be reinstated through a formal appeal to the AEMB executive board and a majority vote during AEMB elections. Members will be expelled from AEMB for conduct unbefitting of an AEMB member including, but not limited to, ethical violations or a breach of the University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct, Code of Academic Integrity, or Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Section 7. Nondiscrimination Clause
Alpha Eta Mu Beta Bioengineering Honor Society does not restrict membership or discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, personal appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.