Get ya’ Workshop On
Workshops are a great way to get a sense of what current graduate students are working on, and the kinds of questions that faculty and students are asking each other. Early in the year, attending workshops in your field can help stimulate thinking about your own thesis topic. Later in the year, workshops are a great way to be active in a department by participating in ongoing conversations. The link below will take you to a list of workshops that encourage open attendance by graduate students. From this list you can find workshop descriptions and information about meeting times, and you can also join workshop e-mail lists.
But be careful, a little workshopping goes a long way! There are way too many awesome workshops going on for any one person to attend, and time is of the essence to a MAPH student. So, look closely at the workshop descriptions to decide which workshop is most worth your time expenditure. If you are interested in multiple workshops (and how could you not be?), you can always join their e-mail lists to keep in touch with what is happening in each workshop on a week by week basis.