The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (formerly the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology) has held an annual retreat every year since 1979. The retreats are held in the early fall and serve as mechanism for incoming graduate students to familiarize themselves with areas of research and to foster scientific and social interactions between all members of the Department. Each retreat features oral presentations by members of the Department and associated faculty, a poster session, and the announcement of graduate student awards.
The 41st annual retreat was held on April 9, 2021. The retreat was held virtually via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.