Biological Sciences Recruitment Weekend

Department of Biology (CM and NEURO) and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCBB)

By invitation only…

Sunday March 1st : Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street  Brookline, MA 02446
Monday March 2nd : Boston University (Charles River Campus), 5 and 24 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215

Please complete and email RSVP forms  to Meredith Canode.


Flight Information

Please arrange flights that arrive prior to 12 noon on Sunday, March 1st and depart no earlier than 6 pm, Monday, March 2nd. Please arrange flights to arrive at Boston’s Logan Airport if you would like pick up at the airport.

Those arriving at Logan BEFORE March 1st, please take a cab from the airport to the Holiday Inn and save the receipt for reimbursement. Those arriving on March 1st, we will arrange to have a graduate student pick you up if you like (Meredith Canode will email information to you.)

Please remember to save all receipts for travel (including bus, taxi, etc, gas mileage information, etc) so that you may be reimbursed. You will receive a reimbursement form when you arrive in Boston. 

The City of Boston

Obviously you will learn a great deal about Boston University, but you also need to know what the city has to offer!
You will be going on a Boston Trolley tour with graduate students, please see the link for information:

Boston Trolley Tour


Q: How many interviews will I have? And with which faculty?
A: We traditionally have had each student meet with 2-3 separate faculty members.

Q: How many international applicants do you take?
A: We do not have a set number of “spaces” for international applicants or domestic applicants, we evaluate each application equally.

Q: How many students will be admitted this year?
A: Class sizes vary from year to year.  In the entire biology graduate program (EBE, CM, and Neuro), the yearly class size ranges from 10-17 and in MCBB it is 4-5 students. However, the number of acceptances is clearly higher, as students who are accepted into our programs are usually very competitive for other schools to which they are applying.

Q: How can I make sure I get to speak with the faculty members I am interested in?
A: We strongly encourage you to research our faculty on our website(s) to get an idea of the sort of research you find interesting. There will be many opportunities at banquets and talks to speak with specific faculty members. Please be proactive in introducing yourself to faculty, or meet with their graduate students or Meredith Canode and ask them to introduce you.

Q: What should I pack for the weekend?
A: Pack as though you were going on a job interview.. and on a vacation. There will be casual events throughout the weekend with graduate students as well as interviews Please remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, interview apparel, and to dress warmly for the temperature.

Q: What is an “Email Buddy”?
A: An Email Buddy is a current graduate student who has volunteered to be available to answer any questions you might have about the program, the city of Boston, recruitment weekend, public transportation, etc. They will attempt to answer all your questions and if they don’t know the answer, they will find someone who can answer!


You will be lodged at the Holiday Inn in Brookline rooming with another prospective student. Only prospective students outside of the Boston area are lodged in the hotel, with local prospective students commuting to the hotel on Sunday and to BU on Monday

The charming brownstones and tree-lined streets of historic Brookline surround the Holiday Inn® Boston-Brookline in MA. Our hotel’s full-service accommodations are a great destination for business and leisure travelers.

Leisure travelers headed to Brookline and Boston, MA love our hotel’s proximity to Fenway Park, where they can catch a Red Sox game. You’ll find it easy to get to the shops and restaurants of Coolidge Corner and Faneuil Hall. Other top attractions include NE Aquarium, Boston College, Boston University, convention centers and Logan Airport.

No matter what brings you to Boston, MA, our hotel’s free high-speed Wi-Fi access keeps you connected. Start your day with breakfast from the Atrium Cafe, and later, swim a few laps in the indoor pool.Be sure to check out the 24-hour Fitness Center. Grab a cool drink from the Gateway Lounge; it’s the perfect end to a day touring Boston or Brookline, MA. Our hotel’s guests know we offer the quality name they can trust!


Closest T Stop: St. Paul Street- Green Line C train outbound towards Cleveland Circle.

To Get to Boston University from Holiday Inn Brookline:  Green Line  Take the Green Line Inbound towards North Station on the C train, get out at Kenmore Square or St. Mary’s Street, both stops are within walking distance to campus.

Questions? Concerns?

Meredith Canode, Recruitment Weekend Coordinator (and Graduate Program Coordinator)
5 Cummington Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2432
Fax: (617) 353- 6340