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The Collins Board of Educational Programming (BOEP) meets every other Sunday at 4:00PM in the Collins Coffeehouse. BOEP is a council made up of Collins residents, advised by Collins director Carl Ipsen. Meetings are open to all residents. For questions about BOEP, e-mail

Duties and Functions
BOEP has three primary responsibilities:

1) Selection of Collins Seminars. BOEP lets students pick courses of their own to be taught at Collins. Graduate students and professors propose unique, interdisciplinary courses of a variety of different creeds, many of which don't fit well into the boxes of other departments. BOEP reviews their syllabi, and interviews many them. Each semester the board reviews between fifty and sixty syllabi, narrowing down the pool to six or seven courses that the College of Arts and Sciences can approve to be taught as three-credit seminars. Any Collins resident can be involved in the course selection process. For a list of courses to be taught in the spring, see here.

2) Educational Programming. A few times a semester, BOEP will host Fireside Chats. BOEP brings in professors to talk to students in the Edmondson Formal Lounge or the Coffeehouse out topics of interest that may be outside the scope of their classes. We’ve brought in people from just about every department. These are accompanied by some sort of food or refreshments. For a more intimate discussion with professors, BOEP hosts professor dinners at local restaurants, where usually up to ten students can talk with the professor about a topic of interest. These tend to be fun, informal discussions. If you want to host a professor dinner with one of your instructors, or if you want to bring in a professor for a Fireside Chat, contact our programmer Sandhya Sridhar (sandsrid).

3) Funding of Resident Events: A variety of other educational programs are sponsored by BOEP. From our annual trip to Chicago, to short courses on magic and crocheting, to an event on entomophagy (insect-eating) complete with samples of Thai delicacies, we try to support anything that can offer some sort of educational component. If you’ve got a program or idea you want sponsored, fill out a proposal form and come to a BOEP meeting to share.

Subpages (2): BOEP Files BOEP Minutes