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Tug-of-War at the Relays

2021 Relays Information

As described below the Relays are one of our treasured events. They were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic, but we hope to hold the Relays in person this coming summer if we can do so safely. Due to changing circumstances, we're currently unable to say definitively whether or not we will be able to have an in-person Relays but we are working our hardest to make it happen. 

Date for 2021: Tentatively 7/30 or 8/6
Location: Medford Campus

We are accepting academic point submissions (papers, conferences, club activities, etc) from the summer of 2019 until now.

Submit your points.

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History of the Relays

In the spring of 1996, a group of students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, department administrators and Dean's office representatives teamed up with Professor Ira Herman, Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology, to create the Relays. In its original conception, the Relays were launched as a mechanism to raise funds for the Scientific Travel Program to support outstanding GSBS students so that they could present their research findings at major international and national scientific meetings. Several recipients are selected each semester. Every summer, the Graduate Student Counsel solicits funds for the Relays from faculty and staff and from outside companies. Donations to the GSBS Student Enrichment Fund, however, are always welcome!

This event has become one of our most cherished traditions. The fun-filled afternoon of athletic events, the barbeque, and the raffle that raises funds to support the Travel Award program brings our entire community together. The Relays bring each of the graduate programs together.  Each program assembles a team of students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, summer trainees and other interested program members to compete in a series of athletic events. Activities have changed over the years and have included events such as the mile run, 4x200 meter relay race, bicycle relay race, volleyball, tug o’ war, golf chip, obstacle course, and faculty dunk tank.

Since its inception, the first and last place finishing teams have been separated only by a point indicating how close and exciting the competition actually is. The lead usually changes hands several times during the events. Immediately following the athletic events, competitors, colleagues, friends and family members enjoy a barbecue, and take part in a raffle with outstanding prizes. The Relays Cup commemorates the winning team.  

Relays T-shirt designs

Relays T-Shirts

T-shirts representing GSBS programs are a long-standing tradition at the Relays. Some were sewn into a quilt by Laura Liscum, PhD, one of our faculty.

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