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A vibrant student community

There is much more to graduate school than scholarly activities and in McMaster Sociology, we are committed to making the graduate student experience a positive one.

Welcome Event

Each year, we host a welcome event for all new and returning faculty and students. This event features a different faculty member’s research each year with responses from other faculty and graduate students followed by a reception where new students can get to know returning students and faculty members of the department.

Social Events in the Department

Our department is committed to including graduate students in social events. There are various social events throughout the year that include both scholarly and social benefits for graduate students.

Around the holidays, we host a holiday party with food and drink. This is attended by both faculty and graduate students and planned by the social committee on which one or more graduate students has a role.

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program matches incoming students to returning students each year in order to provide new students with a mentor to which they can ask questions, become acquainted with the department and the city, and get support when they need it throughout the academic year.

Hear what other students had to say about their experience with the mentoring program:

“I thought that [having a mentor] was really helpful to orient myself with the campus and with my graduate studies." - A former MA course work student

“[My mentor] was very supportive and helped me have a smooth transition into McMaster.” - A current MA thesis student

Jane Synge Memorial Conference

In honour of a previous faculty member (Jane Synge), the graduate students host a conference each year where faculty and graduate students come together to listen to the presentations of the research of their peers. This is an excellent way to gain feedback on your work in a less formal setting than a regular conference and is great practice if you choose to present at a larger conference during conference season.