The Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour department at McMaster is home to various receptions, seasonal parties, club functions, and sporting events, which help to generate some camaraderie and informality.
Throughout the academic year, psychology graduate students attend a series of colloquia given by distinguished guest speakers. Graduate student preferences mainly dictate the list of invitees, and interested graduate students (but not faculty) are invited to dine out with the guest speaker at departmental expense. (Faculty and indeed all interested people are welcome at receptions held before and/or after supper.) The colloquium series is considered an important component (albeit an informal and unevaluated one) of graduate education, allowing students an opportunity to exchange ideas with leading researchers in their area of interest while also establishing social contacts that may be of importance to their postgraduate careers.
Softball is virtually the only game on campus during the summer months, so "What's your favourite position?" is often the first question an incoming PNB graduate student is asked. The department fields several teams in University leagues, ranging from the genuinely recreational to the humourlessly competitive. The department also sponsors a softball tournament and barbecue every July. Graduate students also organize other sporting events such as soccer, volleyball, and ice-hockey (for non-skaters), and squash and racquetball challenges. You don't have to be talented to participate and have fun. If you would like to see some of past events that involve our students click here.