The entire program gathers every Friday
afternoon at 4:00 pm for “tea”; that is, food and drinks provided by
each of the research groups in turn. This is a great time to socialize
with faculty and other students and discuss common interests, both
scientific and non-scientific.
the summer, students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and
administrative staff take a day off to swim, sunbathe, play volleyball
and croquet, and overeat.
is the month for holiday parties and our program takes such events
seriously. A massive amount of food (mostly catered, partly pot luck)
and drink is consumed while various labs put on skits, invent game
shows, or screen homemade videos. The evening concludes with several
hours of boisterous karaoke, where members of the program show off
their singing ability (or lack thereof).
Mighty Microbes are proud of having made the playoffs every year in the
summer slow-pitch (no balls or strikes called) league. The season runs
from May to August. Teams are mixed male and female and the atmosphere
is relaxed and supportive. Talent is not a prerequisite for joining the
team. Discrete beer drinking is not discouraged.
Molecular Microbiology Program always sponsors a strong (in spirit)
team at the annual Sackler Relays. Students, postdocs, summer trainees
and faculty and staff all participate in the day's activities.