Get Involved

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There are a variety of options for the extended MIT community to engage with the Department of Biology, whether it’s learning about our faculty’s ground-breaking research, sponsoring student internships, lending financial support, serving as a guest lecturer, or attending one of our open events. Read on to learn more about all the ways you can get involved. If you are interested in getting involved, reach out to our Development Officer, Daniel Griffin by email or phone (617-452-3010).

Lend Financial Support

If you are interested in supporting our students, faculty, or a specific area of research, there are many ways to have a meaningful impact on the department. Regardless of whether you are looking for a naming opportunity to last in perpetuity or simply making your annual contribution, your support remains critical in enabling us to achieve our educational and research mission. Make your gift now or contact Development Officer Daniel Griffin with questions.

Make A Gift

Double the Impact of Your Giving Through a Match

The Schimmel Family has generously agreed to provide up to $25 million in matching funds to amplify the impact of endowed gifts from other donors to the Life Sciences. New Fellowships and other leadership gifts that are eligible for the Schimmel Family Program match will unlock dollar for dollar funds that will go into the Schimmel Family Program, earmarked for the same purpose as the seed funding. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to double the impact of your philanthropic support. Contact Development Officer Daniel Griffin with questions.

Explore the Schimmel Family Program

Volunteer as an Ambassador for MIT’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge

Each year, the School of Science joins the rest of the MIT community in promoting the importance of participation at all levels during the 24-Hour Giving Challenge. We are always in need of ambassadors to help amplify this message to classmates, colleagues, friends, and others. Contact Development Officer Daniel Griffin if you are interested in helping this year.

See Last Year’s Results

Attend the Friends of Biology Annual Event

Each year, the Biology community gathers for the Friends of Biology annual event to honor past accomplishments, thank supporters, and highlight the exciting research taking place across our many labs. Contact Development Officer Daniel Griffin if you are interested in attending the upcoming Friends of Biology gathering.

Watch the 2021 Event

Support Our Free COVID-19 Class

Since the fall of 2020, the Department of Biology has offered a semester-long class called 7.00 (Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic), which examines various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. MIT undergraduates can take the class for credit, and each lecture is shared via a public livestream (watch the captioned recording on our YouTube channel). Each session features a guest lecturer, who specializes in biology, biological engineering, public health, economics, public policy, virology, or another related field. Past presenters have included Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contact Development Officer Daniel Griffin if you would like to help make more classes like this one available to the public.

View the Class Page