iREFS

Institute-wide Resources for Easing Friction and Stress.

iREFS program

iREFS serve as resources to their peers across the Institute, regardless of departmental affiliation. They come from a variety of backgrounds and are chosen for their commitment to graduate student wellness and abilities to support their fellows during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. Like their dREFS counterparts, iREFS are confidential, trained in conflict management skills by Conflict Management@MIT, and can make informed referrals to other resources and offices at MIT.

iREFS members

Name: Anasuya Mandal
Email: anasuya [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2011
My interests: photography and travel-photography, art, music, cooking & conversations.
A fun fact about me: I have initiated five sets of friends to Broadway musicals!
Name: Levi Lentz
Email: llentz [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2013
My interests: all things energy related, snowboarding, intramural sports, college basketball (March Madness!), and talking with people from a variety of backgrounds (People are amazing to me).
A fun fact about me: I have had 8+ surgeries in my life and hail from Southern California.
Name: Sergio Castellanos
Email: sergioc [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2015
My interests: reading, swimming, watching soccer, and hanging out with friends.
A fun fact about me: I am from Mexico, and I am really passionate about energy topics, in particular solar.
Name: Clarice Aiello
Email: clarice [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2009
My interests: reading, learning languages, yoga and running.
A fun fact about me: I am currently fighting a binge-watching addiction!
Name: Tom Batcho
Email: tbatcho [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2011
My interests: playing music, reading, soccer, and American history.
A fun fact about me: As a kid I had to have 14 baby teeth pulled because they never fell out.
Name: Sarah Luppino
Email: sluppino [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2012
My interests: running, playing Frisbee, volleyball, drawing, travel, foreign languages and cultures.
A fun fact about me: As a 7-year old, I cross-country skiied to school.
Name: Emily Lin
Email: elinxi [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2009
My interests: I love hiking, biking, reading, and just making friends.
A fun fact about me: I love trees!
Name: Ellie Immerman
Email: immerman [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2014
My interests: volleyball, painting, arts and crafts, and travel.
A fun fact about me: I was born with extra tags on my ears that made me look like an alien.
Name: Aliza Opila Abraham
Email: aabraham [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2014
My interests: running, ice hockey, reading, playing guitar, watching movies, sustainability, deep dish pizza.
A fun fact about me: I play for the MIT women's club ice hockey team.
Name: Francesco Bellei
Email: bellei [at] mit [dot] edu
I joined MIT on: 2010
My interests: I enjoy volunteering in a number of activities to improve the graduate community, trying new kinds of food, and relaxing with a sudoku, a book, or a comic book.
A fun fact about me: I always dig interesting conversation and social events.
Name: Brij M Bhushan
Email: brij [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Hong Wang
Email: hongwang [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Jacob Guggenheim
Email: jguggenh [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Kelsey Allen
Email: krallen [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Monika Avello
Email: mavello [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Rebecca Claire Minsky
Email: rminsky [at] mit [dot] edu
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Name: Vadim S Smolyakov
Email: vss [at] mit [dot] edu
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The iREFS program began in February 2015. If you are interested in applying to become an iREFS member please visit the application form, and you can also contact gsc-hca-refs@mit.edu. No previous experience is required to apply.