Graduate students holding a trophy they won during the annual New Grad Student Welcome event

August 29, 2017

Welcome to McMaster!

Yes, the dreaded “s” word almost here – September. And that means it’s time to roll out the Welcome Mat for our newest Master’s and PhD students.

The first two weeks of September are filled with orientations, information sessions, resource fairs and social events to help our newest community members learn more about McMaster and meet new friends.

What’s on the schedule for Graduate Student Welcome 2017?

This year, we have a few events exclusively for our newest members in the Grad Student Community. New Graduate Student Welcome Breakfasts are happening on September 5 and 7. The annual breakfasts are always fun and a great opportunity to meet new friends. Directly following these breakfasts are guided nature hikes for new grads. Then on September 14, you can head to Hamilton’s waterfront for an evening of roller-skating by the Bay. More information and registration details about these events have been emailed, so please check for information from McMaster SGS News and Events.

For all graduate students – with a special focus on new students 

The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching delivers the annual Teaching and Learning forum annually. Workshops are free and focus on helping graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as sessional instructors improve their skills. The forum happens on Sept. 6. Space is limited so you must register to attend.

Both campus and off-campus organizations and services are on hand to introduce you to life at McMaster and the City of Hamilton during our annual Graduate Student Resource Fair. Meet and speak to people from across campus and beyond at this annual event on Sept. 8. 

The McMaster Library is hosting the second annual Graduate Research Rounds – a chance to learn about special collections and archives, library services and more.

A fun and informative event for international grad students – the International Graduate Student Fair – is an opportunity to meet new friends and gather lots of practical information about life in Hamilton and at McMaster.

Events for ALL graduate students

There’s a little something for everyone at this year’s Grad Student Welcome.

First, check out the live music and DJ at the Phoenix on the evening of September 6, presented by the Graduate Students Association (GSA).

Enjoy a free and fun afternoon barbecue for grad students at the Phoenix. Bring your grad student ID on Sept 7 to enjoy some tasty barbecue, courtesy the School of Graduate Studies and the GSA. 

Close out the first week of fun with a Graduate Student Scavenger Hunt on Sept 8. Meet at the GSA office entrance outside the Phoenix. Prizes for winners.

Start the next week off with PhD Bound but then what? Non-academic career options for PhD's on Sept. 11. Trina Foster, executive director at the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation, will discuss career choices after graduate studies. A great opportunity for current PhD’s to ask questions and learn more about the working world beyond the campus gates.

On Sept. 14, the LGBTQ+ Welcome Event is an opportunity to meet fellow LGBTQ+ graduate students at McMaster, have some appetizers and be introduced to the broader Hamilton LGBTQ+ community.

For all the details and most up-to-date information, visit our Event Series.