Being in an interdisciplinary graduate program has many advantages. It gives us the ability to approach challenging questions in the field of neuroscience using different perspectives and techniques. However, it also means that many of our peers aren’t in the lab next door. We are lucky to have access to facilities across campus and around the Hamilton area, but the distance can feel isolating at times.
The mission for SOMA (Students of MiNDS Association) is to bring MiNDS graduate students together by hosting fun social events. Life as a graduate student can be overwhelming and stressful, this is why I feel it’s extremely important to provide opportunities for students to take a break from their research to enjoy each other’s company, eat some good food and engage in stress relieving activities such as playing games. We’re all aware of the mental and physical benefits of an enriched environment, and since human-sized running wheels were not available, we decided to plan social events for you to enjoy instead!
SOMA is structured with three acting presidents: a past-president (Gesine Alders), current president (Me! Gabriella Mattina) and president-elect (Ashley Bernardo). We also have a group of wonderful volunteers who help promote and develop new initiatives. We plan different events to suit a variety of student’s interests and welcome all to attend and participate.