Annual MCB Graduate Program Retreat

What is the MCB Graduate Program Retreat?

A full-day retreat is held at the Haffenreffer Estate of Mount Hope, a thirty-minute drive from campus, each year during the week before the start of the fall semester. This forum provides an opportunity to reconnect and exchange ideas across the program. New students and faculty members are introduced to the community at the beginning of the retreat. The morning session consists of research seminars delivered by both faculty members and students. In the afternoon, all students not speaking in the morning session are expected to present a poster on their work. Faculty members serve as judges in a poster contest, in which prizes are awarded. The students presenting the three “top” posters are invited to present their work in oral format at the retreat the following year. Scientific sessions are interspersed with meals and opportunities for social interaction, including a much-anticipated annual volleyball tournament.

Our 27th Annual Retreat was held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Haffenreffer Grant of Mount Hope, Bristol, RI

We heard some great talks.






The poster sessions were very interesting.




Awards were given for excellent posters,






The student service award was presented to Bobby Thorn,






and Judith Bender was presented with the Faculty Mentor Award.





We ended the day with a volleyball tournament, which was fun for both players and spectators.