Who we are

The BE Refs are graduate students trained in conflict management by Conflict Management@MIT. You can directly contact an individual Ref or find us all at berefs@mit.edu. Note that REFS Trainees have completed the conflict management training yet, and are thus not available for confidential conflict coaching.

If you’re interested in joining the team, check out the application.

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Ian Andrews
andrewsi at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 2nd year | Collins lab
location Broad

Molly Bird
Molly Bird
mbird at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 3rd year | Yaffe lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Becca Black
rblack at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 1st year | Grodzinsky lab
location 500 Tech Square

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Claire Duvallet
duvallet at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 4th year | Alm Lab
location 500 Tech Square

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Jacqueline Gerritsen

jgn at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 2nd year | White Lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Georgia Lagoudas
lagoudas at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 6th year | Blainey Lab
location Broad

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Lauren Milling
lmilling at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 3rd year | Irvine lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Tu Nguyen
lttnguye at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 6th year | Alm Lab
location 500 Tech Square

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Caroline Werlang

cwerlang at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 2nd year | Ribbeck lab
location Building 56

Faculty mentor & partners

The BE REFS team has a faculty mentor who advises the Refs and serves as a liaison with departmental faculty and staff.

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Angela Koehler 
koehler at mit dot edu
Assistant Professor | BE
location 76-361/Koch Institute

Note: our faculty mentor is not specifically trained in conflict management and is not necessarily a confidential resource. If you are a BE student and would like to talk to a faculty member about your issue, we recommend reaching out to the Graduate Program Chair (Forest White), Department Head (Doug Lauffenburger), or Associate Department Head (Angela Belcher). 

BE REFS is partnered with the BE Communication Lab and the BE Graduate Board. We are part of the larger REFS program coordinated by Conflict Management@MIT.

Former BE Refs

Scott Olesen (2014-2016)
Souparno Ghosh (2015-2016)
Deena Rennerfeldt (2016-2017)