Here are descriptions of a few of our regular social events. Be sure to check the GSS Calendar for upcoming social events.
Graduate Student Coffee Hours
Take a break from studying or lab work to catch up with friends at our monthly Coffee Hour.
Finger Lakes Wine Tours
Summer and autumnal tours of the gorgeous Finger Lakes Wine Country. Tickets for a day of wine tastings, picnic lunch, and transport available to students.
SMD Orientation Picnic
Our traditional orientation week gathering for students old and new at the neighboring Genesee Valley Park.
Pangaea Multidisciplinary Discussion Group
This series aims to engage students and a faculty presenter to share, challenge, and discuss perspectives across disciplines on select themes. Topics have included ways of understanding the brain, artificial intelligence, and science fiction’s influence on today’s discoveries. Pangaea is open to all those interested and provides refreshments in a relaxed setting.
This is a chance to wear a costume (or just blend in) and socialize with others. Yes, you aren’t alone; there are others just as dedicated to their lab as you are and at 3 a.m. they don’t need costumes either! Candy, trinkets, and drink specials provided.
Ski Trip to Bristol Mountain
Transport, discounted passes and ski rentals provided for a day on the slopes of Bristol Mountain.
Ice Skating Social - NEW
A chance to show off your on-ice talents or cling to the boards with your colleagues. Refreshments including pizza and hot chocolate provided at the rink.
Graduate Student Game Nights - NEW
Take part in some friendly competition featuring everyone’s favorite board games.
Rochester Brewery Tour - NEW
Want to relax with your friends after Finals Week? Join us for a day of beer tastings around Rochester’s microbreweries.
Glass Blowing Lessons - NEW
A special opportunity to polish your glass blowing skills with the top international glassmaking artists and instructors at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Summer Water Sports Outing - NEW
Experience a new kind of wet lab: enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or rafting Western New York’s rivers this summer.