Fall 2020 Upper Year BioPals Sign Up Form
Please fill out the relevant questions below if you are interested in participating in the Fall 2020 BioPals program.
Incoming first-years students can sign-up for a Pal using this link:
Information is available here (timeline is in the process of being updated):
Note: Matching will begin August 10th so we encourage you to fill out the form by then, but matching will continue on a rolling basis throughout the semester.
Response data will be available only to the BioPals organizers for the purpose of making matches between first-year and more senior Biograds. You are welcome to reach out to
with comments, issues, or questions.
Please enter your first name:
Please enter your last name:
Please enter your preferred name:
Please enter your preferred pronouns:
Please enter your current time zone:
Feel free to let us know if you anticipate this changing throughout the semester
Please enter your MIT email address:
Select your entry year in the Graduate program:
2014 or earlier
What lab(s) are you currently affiliated with?
If you are not yet affiliated with a lab, please write "first year lab."
Some participants might be interested in meeting (virtually) before the semester begins. Please enter the earliest date you would be available to meet your pal.
Will you be able to meet the expectations of the BioPals project for the fall semester?
The BioPals project aims to increase connectedness among biograds by matching incoming first-year students with more senior graduate students (the “Pals”). The expectations of the BioPals project include meeting with your pal for a conversation of substance at least once a month, attending 1-2 virtual group gatherings with all BioPals participants during the semester, and filling out anonymous middle- and end-of-semester surveys about your experience in the BioPals project.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of science?
We can’t guarantee any specific matches or match characteristics, and we can make matches even if this section is left blank. That being said, the more specific, the easier it is for us to match you with someone who might have common interests!
Do you have any topic(s) that you feel you could give a first year biograd advice on? (moving to Cambridge, coming from a non-Biology background, diversity, picking classes, work/life balance, etc.)
We can’t guarantee any specific matches or match characteristics, and we can make matches even if this section is left blank.
What are your scientific interests?
This is entirely optional, but may be helpful in matching first-year Pals with upper years who can talk to them about specific fields in the department that they are interested in. We can’t guarantee any specific matches or match characteristics, and we can make matches even if this section is left blank.
Do you have any suggestions for fun virtual group events?
Our current ideas include Jackbox Party, Virtual Coffee Hour, and Movie Night
If you have comments, issues, or questions about the BioPals program, feel free to leave them in the box below.
You are also welcome to reach out to
or submit anonymous feedback through this form:
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