CMDB Relays

Members of the CMDB Program have a long and cherished tradition of working hard and relaxing together.  This tradition is reflected in our Retreat, as well as in much more frequent social activities, usually organized by the students.  Some of these are described below.

The Dollars-For-Thirsty-Scholars Program 

This activity is a self-sustaining, student-organized party for everyone in the Program—students, staff, and faculty.  Each month, a different lab provides free munchies and procures liquid refreshments, which cost $1 each. The money collected one month is used to provide the liquid refreshments for the next party. 

Holiday Party

A welcome event at the end of a busy year, the Holiday Party is a new and different adventure each year.  

Softball Team

While our softball team is usually a strong contender in the Tufts co-ed slow-pitch league, fun is the order of the day and everyone—regardless of talent level—is welcome to join.  It’s a great opportunity for fun, both during the games and afterwards as appetites are satisfied and thirsts are quenched at one of the “locals”.

Sackler Relays

A multiple winner of this annual event, the CMDBers strut their stuff in a variety of athletic and not-so-athletic endeavors including cycling, running, chipping golf balls, tug-of-war, dunking faculty (and the Dean!) into a water tank, and volleyball.  This school-sponsored event raises funds for student travel to scientific conferences.  Followed by a barbeque and a raffle, this event is a highlight of the Summer.

Other Activities

Of course, being in Boston and New England means that students are often organizing trips to a sporting event in town, ski trips, or impromptu events at “Jake’s” (Jacob Wirth’s, one of the oldest pubs in the country) or other local establishments.


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