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Graduate Studies

Past Spices initiatives

2019 initiatives

A Student’s Progress: The Eighteenth-Century Podcast

A fun, informative, and accessible podcast introducing key topics in the long eighteenth century. | Link

Broken Punjabi Supper Club

A Punjabi-Canadian dining experience decolonizing South Asian food, identity, and emphasizing mindful alcohol consumption. | Link

Cripping Graduate School

A Disability and Mad Studies Reading Group (Renewal) Monthly Disability and Mad Studies. Reading Groups to cultivate a social and intellectual disability community on campus.  | Link

Gallery of Graduate Arts 3.0

Giving graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to show off their artistic side! | Link

Let’s Talk Health (Econ)

Let’s Talk Health (Econ) – the podcast that will get everyone talking about health economics. | Link

McMaster Graduate Statistics Consulting Club

A place dedicated to linking all graduate students and researchers through data analytics. | Link

Medical Sciences Mentorship Group

A simple and meaningful program that will connect students with each other for highly relevant peer mentorship/support, and students with faculty to foster development and growth. | Link

RESIST: BIPOC Working Group

A monthly working group for students of colour to discuss race and racism in the classroom and develop strategies and resources to improve conditions. | Link

Science on Tap

A public outreach event full of scientific discussion, trivia, and beer! | Link

Symbiosis Students and Seniors Co-Housing Program 2.0

Symbiosis is a program that connects students with seniors for a mutually beneficial housing relationship. | Link

2018 initiatives

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4 Boys, 4 Dogs: Education and Community Engagement for Incarcerated Youth

Our project will develop educational resources for and promote wider community engagement with an innovative program in which incarcerated youth learn social and behavioural skills by training rescue dogs to be re-homed.

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Cripping Graduate School: A Disability and Mad Studies Reading and Activities Group

Monthly Disability and Mad Studies Reading Groups (and activities) to cultivate a social and intellectual disability community on campus.

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Dear Mac

Connecting the community one letter at a time.

Gallery of Graduate Arts (2.0)

Creativity meets research at the Gallery of Graduate Arts.

Science on Tap: Hamilton

Science on Tap creates an environment for McMaster University’s scientists to host scientific discussion with members of the public in a casual setting.

Seniors of Canada: Hamilton (Renewal)

Capturing images and stories of everyday Seniors.

Speaking to opioid use in many languages: working together for better understanding

Leveraging the linguistic diversity of the McMaster student community to share important information about opioid use with the broader public.

Symbiosis: Students and Seniors Co-Housing Program (Renewal)

Symbiosis is a program that connects students with seniors in the McMaster Community for a mutually beneficial housing relationship.

WaterCRESS (Renewal)

WaterCRESS bridges the gap between water researchers at McMaster and the general public to demystify science and work towards informed appreciation and protection of our shared environment.


Gallery of Graduate Arts

Reconnecting researchers with their artistic side.


Cerebral Coffeehouse

Our goal for these coffeehouse events is to create a positive space for community members to engage with researchers and share knowledge!

Creating an Inclusive Queer Community among Graduate Students at McMaster University

EXPLOR: Water, Environment and Climate (Experiential Professional Orientation)

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Grad Wellness Initiative (GWI)

Herbal Meditation Garden

Community based project that increases mental health and wellness by offering a new and alternative mode of mindful meditation in nature.

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Locate and Donate

To create and pilot a new web-based platform that facilitates in-kind donations from the community to non-profit organizations in Hamilton.

Mac Immersion Funding

This project will fundamentally change the way people gain a sense of place at McMaster University.

McMaster Open Learning

Skills and specialization transfer for graduate students in a competency based hiring environment.