Become a BioREFS

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 typically accept applications for new members in the fall and spring, but feel free to contact us at any time if you think you might be interested. Mediation training sessions are held in January and JuneĀ  (please check the following link for the specific dates:, so applications are typically due about a month before to ensure that new BioREFS can complete training

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 (planning and holding activities, consulting with members of the Biology community, participating in All-REFS meetings, etc).

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!

November 4, 2010 |