Graduate Studies

The paper version of the PNB Graduate Travel application is so last century.  Going forward, please use the online PNB Graduate Travel Application:


Please note that PNB has a limited budget to support graduate travel, therefore the application process is a competitive one.  The following criteria will be evaluated when reviewing travel support applications:

  • To be eligible for PNB travel funding, you must be first author and present your own research as a poster or talk.  Any deviation from this (e.g. you ARE presenting the research but you are second author) must be presented as a special request to the graduate chair.

Meet the deadline!
There are two PNB deadlines in each fiscal year.  See below for upcoming deadlines.

  • Deadline 24 April 2018:  For travel between 01 May 2018 – 30 September 2018
  • Deadline 25 September 2018:  For travel between 01 October 2018 – 30 April 2019
  • Have you explored all possible avenues of obtaining travel grants (Supervisor, School of Graduate Studies) before submitting an application for travel funding to PNB?  
    • School of Graduate Studies deadlines and links:
    • Typically the SGS/GSA application periods are the month of September, January, and May for travel in fall, winter, and summer, respectively (check the GSA site for exact dates which vary slightly from year to year).
  • Have you secured matching funds from your supervisor?
    • PNB will match supervisor contribution up to maximum $300 to $500 (depending on total number of applications we receive)
  • Have you justified a reasonable budget?
    • transportation, registration, accommodation, and food only (PNB does not fund society dues or poster printing)
    • PNB funds a maximum $40/day for food, so please keep this in mind when submitting receipts to Sally
  • Maximum PNB travel award per student per fiscal year (May to April) is $300 to $500 (depending on total number of applications we receive) 
  • Carefully consider these criteria as well as the other information requested on the travel application form. Then complete the online PNB Graduate Travel Application:

Things you should remember when travelling (tips from Sally):

  • When sharing meals with others, ask for separate checks.
  • All meal receipts must be itemized.
  • Charge all alcohol to a separate check - alcohol cannot be charged to any Research Accounts.
  • If meals are charged to your hotel room, you must provide an itemized receipt; if you do not get one, you are required to call the hotel and have one sent to you.
  • An itemized hotel receipt is required unless the hotel is booked on a online website (eg. Expedia, Travelocity etc).
  • When sharing accommodations, ask for separate receipts upon check-out.
  • When booking airfare and/or hotels, please try to book your own, but if it is necessary to book together, please DO NOT book together with students in another lab, if you can avoid it. This presents a problem with using multiple grant numbers when the expense reports are submitted.

Things to remember when submitting your Expenses to Sally for reimbursement:

  • When handing in receipts for reimbursement, let Sally know if you received funding from the department or the GSA.  Also, let Sally know if you received any travel awards and what account number your supervisor would like her to charge.
  • Provide a conference programme (noting name of conference, location, and dates of conference).  A schedule at a glance is sufficient and can be printed off the internet.
  • Provide the itemized airfare/train itinerary with cost of airfare AND boarding passes.
  • Provide all original receipts, unless they are on-line receipts.  Please do NOT take photos of receipts and email them to Sally.

Important:  When charging your credit card, the receipt must say "charged to Visa/Mastercard ... noting the last four digits of card number", if your receipt does not say this, you must provide your credit card statement showing proof of charge.

  • If you are missing any receipts (eg. boarding pass, taxi receipt etc.) you must complete and submit a "Missing Receipt Form".
  • If amounts are in a currency other than Canadian dollars, you must provide proof of exchange, a credit card statement (an online statement) or a banking receipt showing the exchange rate you paid when exchanging money.  If you cannot supply proof of exchange, Sally will use the University Exchange for USD or the Bank of Canada rates for all other currencies on the date of purchase.
  • If meals are being charged to an Departmental/University/PDA/Start-Up grant, only "Meals with Receipts" can be claimed.  "Meals-per-Diem" are can only be charged to Tri-Council grants (NSERC/CIHR/SSHRC).

We have approximately 130 PNB graduate students. Sometimes it is helpful to match faces with names!


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For graduate courses offered in 2018-2019, please refer to the PNB Graduate Student Handbook:

Graduate Courses offered 2017-2018:

Graduate Courses offered 2016-2017:

Graduate Courses offered 2015-2016:

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Graduate Courses offered 2010-2011:

Graduate Courses offered 2009-2010:

  • Psych 710 - Statistics and Research Design (Fall)
  • Psych 720 - Contemporary Problems (Fall and Winter)
  • Psych 711 - Quantitative Analysis of Response Time (Winter) [Milliken]
  • Psych 711 - Computational Models of Memory (Winter) [Becker]
  • Psych 713, 714, 715, 716 - Special Topics Module (Fall, Winter-Spring, Summer)

Graduate Courses offered 2008-2009:

  • Psych 710 - Statistics and Research Design (Fall) [Pat Bennett]
  • Psych 720 - Contemporary Problems (Fall and Winter) [Pat Bennett]
  • Psych 741 - Laurel Trainor
  • Psych 711/712 - Pat Bennett
  • Psych 713, 714, 715, 716 - Special Topics Module (Fall, Winter-Spring, Summer)

The Department maintains extensive facilities for research.  The recently renovated 19,700 square feet of human research facilities provide trainees with access to modern computing resources and state-of-the-art systems for eye-tracking (head mounted and remote), virtual reality studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and electroencephalography (EEG).  Researchers have access to a 3T fMRI magnet and Imaging Research Centre through ongoing collaborations with faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

The 20,680 square foot state-of-the-art animal facility has a full-time animal care staff with holding rooms for bats, rats, mice, gerbils, fish, cats, quail, and insects. Procedure rooms include a physiological optical imaging laboratory, confocal microscopy, cryostat, transgenic procedure suite, two animal surgery suites, electrophysiology and neurochemistry suites, liquid scintillation counter, and an automated cage washing facility.

The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab includes a 100-seat concert hall with an array of microphones, loudspeakers, and advanced digital virtual acoustics systems that can mimic the natural acoustics of almost any setting. Some concert seats are wired to measure audience electrophysiological responses to performances. From the stage, dense-array EEG and motion capture systems enable the study of how musicians and other artists interact/synchronize when playing, conversing, or dancing. High precision synchronization between equipment systems enables cutting edge, multi-faceted analyses of complex questions related to music, hearing, vision, movement, learning, and human interaction.

In addition to these facilities, the Department maintains full-time technical staff available to members of the faculty and their students. Department technicians are well equipped to construct specialized laboratory apparatus, maintain computers, and develop/repair instrumentation.

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1