Cider, snacks, crafts, and more! 12/3 from 3-5pm

Feeling crafty? End-of-fall blues? Get out of the lab and into the holiday spirit at the BioREFS craft and snack circle.

Destress while decorating wrapping paper and gift tags to take your gift swap game to the next level, or just stop by for a snack. We will provide all the supplies you need, including hot chocolate/cider and snacks!

When: Thursday December 3, 3-5PM
Where: WI Cafe

We hope to see you there!
-The BioREFS-


Upcoming social hour

Happy November!

The BioREFS are hosting a Social Hour on Thursday, November 13th from 5-6 PM in 68-181. If you like delicious food and beverages and good company, please join us! If you are 21+, don’t forget to bring your ID.

Hope to see you there!
-The BioREFS-

BioREFS are recruiting!

The BioREFS are recruiting again! Are you an MIT Biology graduate student or post-doc interested in helping support the greater MIT Biology community?

If so, please consider joining the BioREFS!

We are currently accepting applications for new members. Deadline for applications is My 15th, 5pm. Mediation training sessions will be held in June 2011 (please check the following link for the specific dates:

The BioREFS are biology graduate students and post-docs who serve as an informal – yet confidential – resource for anyone affiliated with the department. Our goal is to be a confidential sounding board for anyone who needs to talk (or write). We primarily help people work through solutions for personal conflicts within labs, with advisors, or between friends, but are available as a resource for any issues affecting members of the MIT Biology community.

Requirements: An active interest in promoting a positive and supportive environment for the MIT Biology community, a one week mediation training course at MIT (provided by the BioREFS), and a commitment of approximately 5 hours a month on BioREFS-related activities.

You can download an application here “BioREFS application” and it is also available in the Biology Education office. It can be returned either by email (biorefsatmitdotedu) or in person to any one of the current BioREFS. Feel free to email us or catch one of us in the hall if you have any questions.

Please, pass on this information to anyone who you think might be interested!

We’re looking forward to reading your applications!


Are you interested in helping out MIT’s Biology community? Well good news, the BioREFS are accepting applications! Take a look here for an application.

BioREFS Lounge

First year biology graduate students at MIT have a lounge, “the PIT” to help establish relationships among students that hold for a lifetime. While the pit excels in this regard, it only lasts for one year, and is only available to first year graduate students. We are trying to create a lounge, comparable to the PIT available to everyone in MIT biology. This space will be a place to wind down between experiments or at the end of the day, to escape from stress, or to encounter new faces outside of one’s lab and floor. It will serve as a place for future BioREFS events as well as a meeting place for MIT biologists (graduate students, post-docs, technicians, and faculty alike).