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).