The Program in Neuroscience retreat is a wonderful day spent away from campus and the demands of the classroom and lab. During the day, we have a keynote speaker along with several other invited speakers that present on various topics in neuroscience and related issues. In addition, graduate students and post-docs associated with the Program in Neuroscience give short talks about their current research.
Those students, post-docs and faculty members that are not scheduled to give formal talks often elect to share their recent work during the always popular poster session held later in the afternoon.
The day is also filled with fun as we break into groups to compete during the PIN Challenge - rotating rounds of physical and mental exercises (sack racing, anyone?) and a new element of entertainment that we simply title the "Grant Proposal Challenge".
Students and faculty alike agree that our annual retreat is exactly the perfect mix of serious science and community-building hilarity that makes us us here at PIN.