The Department holds a retreat every other year. This is usually organized by the students with help from faculty. It is a great opportunity for everyone, including secondary faculty, collaborators from other departments, and prospective students, to come together in a relaxed and stimulating setting. These retreats are typically held on the coast or in the mountains and extend from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime. There are short talks and poster sessions each morning and evening, with the afternoon and late evening free for social activities! Students and postdocs receive awards for the best talks and posters. Vendors also showcase their latest products and technology.