Friday, February 23, 2018

Board approves new tuition, co-op fees

The Board passed motions to set the tuition fees for domestic students for 2019/2020 and international students for 2018/2019, and voted on a motion to raise the co-op fee, effective Spring 2018 at its meeting on February 6, 2018.

Vice-President, Academic & Provost George Dixon walked the governors through the fee motions, explaining that international fees were being set for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, while on the domestic side fees were being set for the 2019-2020 fiscal year because universities are required to give the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MASED) two year's warning of what their fees are intended to be.

Generally, core programs for undergraduate students will rise by 3 per cent, with professional programs rising up to 4.29 per cent depending on the program.

Domestic graduate students will see increases of 1 per cent in research master's and PhD programs, with specifically identified master's and diplomas rising anywhere from 1 per cent to 5 per cent.

Dixon noted that international tuition rates are reviewed annually to reflect the value of a Waterloo degree overall and in specific program areas, the demand for Waterloo programs nationally and internationally, and the alignment of Waterloo’s tuition rates with comparator institutions. While in previous years one rate was applied across the board, beginning in 2018-2019, international tuition fees would begin to see some variability by program.

For international students, most undergraduate programs will increase by 8.5 per cent in year one with 5 per cent increases in years 2 to 4, with several exceptions, and research master and PhD programs rising 3 per cent and specifically identified master and diploma programs varying in increase from 3 to 15 per cent.

The Board also voted on a motion to increase the co-op fee, effective Spring 2018, by 2.8 percent in undergraduate and graduate co-op programs, which means the fee will rise from $709 a term to $729 a term.

Dixon explained the process for setting the co-op fee. The Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education works with Co-operative and Experiential Education to determine the costs for the year, and then the fee is discussed with students at the Co-operative Education Council and the Undergraduate Student Relations Committee before coming to the provost for a recommendation. Dixon noted that this year’s increase is particularly contentious, given the current comprehensive review of co-op that is taking place and the sizeable student petition opposed to an increase while the review is being carried out.

The co-op fee is assessed to undergraduate and graduate students registered in a co-operative education program.

Math faculty sponsors team at girl's math olympiad

A message from the Faculty of Mathematics.

Two days. Four girls. Six questions.

The Faculty of Mathematics is proud to sponsor Anna Krokhine, Jingzhi Liang, Elnaz Hessami Pilehrood, and Karen Situ as they travel to Florence Italy for the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). This is the first time that a Canadian team has competed in the EGMO.

Each of the students were chosen based on the results of the 2017 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge written in November. Over two days, for four and half hours each day, the students will individually solve six questions.

“Girls across the country will be encouraged to develop their mathematical abilities and problem-solving skills,” said CMS Mathematical Competitions Chair, Professor Dorette Pronk. “We believe that they will succeed and shine in an international contest of the highest calibre.”

The EGMO takes place from April 9 to 15.

Workday is coming to Waterloo: find out more at a Workday Learn session

Replacing myHRinfo, Workday will provide University of Waterloo staff and faculty with a user-friendly Human Resources system that minimizes paper processes and gives employees easy access to their pay, benefits and other HR information. This new system is currently undergoing design and implementation with the Workday Project Team, made up of staff from Human Resources and Information Systems & Technology. The Project Team is consulting with campus stakeholders in order to make the transition to this system seamless and ensure it is designed to provide a great user experience for employees.

Workday is going live campus-wide in January of 2019. Since this change will affect all employees, the Workday Project Team is offering a sneak peek of what’s to come in four upcoming Workday Learn sessions.

If you’d like to learn more about Workday at Waterloo, please register for one of the following sessions:

March 6th 9:30am-10:30am

March 6th 11am-12pm

March 15th 9:30am-10:30am

March 15th 11am-12pm

We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, check out the Workday video below.

Announcing the finalists for the 2018 World's Challenge Challenge UWaterloo

Six teams of three diverse students have been selected as finalists for the World’s Challenge Challenge competition at the University of Waterloo. Taking place on Thursday, March 1st, each team will pitch their solution to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Several of the finalists this year are aiming to tackle #6 and #7 of the Global Goals: Clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

Each team will present their solution in a 5-7 minute pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. The teams are competing for $1,000 for each member of the winning team to go towards an international travel experience, and the opportunity to compete at the international round of the World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University in June. At the international round, there will be $45,000 in prizes up for grabs. Each member of the 2nd and 3rd place teams will win tech prizes.

The World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo finalists:

Catalight - Catalight aims to create an affordable, sustainable approach to water safety and filtration.

Drops for Crops - By creating a specialized irrigation system, Drops for Crops hopes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural practice in Tanzania.

Keep it Real - Using blockchain technology, Keep it Real aims to develop more effective governance and accountability methods among members of the UN.

TABS - TABS is creating a sustainable, low-cost, low-maintenance, and low-energy use rainwater collection system to help combat drought and lack of potable water in Cambodia.

Agora Water - By providing solar water filtration systems to low-income countries, Agora Water hopes to combat the lack of potable water.

Conductive - Through the creation of a mesh energy network in Bangladesh, Conductive aims to create a means for low-income areas to establish an energy infrastructure and increase access to affordable energy.

Judges for the World’s Challenge Challenge include:

Everyone is welcome to attend the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo and attendees are encouraged to register in advance.

Link of the day

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

When and where 

Reading Week, Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23.

Retail Services Staff and Faculty Appreciation week, Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23.

Seminar, “Femtomedicine in Cancer: Discovery of New Antitumor Molecules for Natural Targeted Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy of Cancers.” Qing-Bin Lu, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo. Friday, February 23, 11:00 a.m., PHR 1012.

University Club Chinese New Year Luncheon, Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

IT Advisory Board Friday, February 23, 9:00 am – 9:45 am, EC5, 1111

University Senate meeting, Monday, February 26, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Copyright for Teaching workshop, Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 p.m., DC 1568.

WICI Talk - Dr. Carla Restrepo: From sandpiles to real mountains - Complex dynamics of tropical mountainscapes mediated by landslides, Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Exploring Career Pathways, February 27, 1:30 p.m., TC 1112

Business Etiquette and Professionalism, February 27, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208

Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) Practice Session, February 27, 5:30 p.m., TC 1214

Heart-Healthy Eating (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays),Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., MC 5479.

Noon Hour Concert: Sunabacka: Louis Riel’s Dream, Wednesday, February 28, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Bridges Lecture Series, “Beyond the Imitation Game – From Dieppe & James Bond to Blackberry and Quantum Encryption,” featuring Lecturers Peter Berg and David O’Keefe, Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University, Academic Centre Vanstone Lecture Hall. Event SOLD OUT. Register for wait list at

Velocity Start: How To Find Your Customers Online, “Conduct online market research,” Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Mitacs: Foundations of Project Management II - Day 1, February 28, 8:30 a.m., TV 2218

Interviews: Preparing for Questions, February 28, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208

NEW – World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo, March 1, 7:00 p.m, EV2 2002

Mitacs: Foundations of Project Management II - Day 2, March 1, 8:30 a.m., TV 2218

50th Anniversary Lecture Series- Conversation 5, Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre- School of Architecture.

QPR Training, Thursday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall Second Floor.

Communication for the Workplace, Thursday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.

CBB Seed Funding Grant Applications close, Thursday, March, 1, 4:30 p.m., Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (EC4 2001).

Free screening of 'Sea of Life' Documentary, Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.

World’s Challenge Challenge competition, “Student teams propose solutions to major global problems,” Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Location TBD.

Athletics Football Gala, Friday, March 2, 5:45 p.m., Bingemans ballroom, Bingemans.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Dr. Craig Simmons, Mechanobiology, University of Toronto, Friday March 2, 1:00 p.m., EC4 2101a.

Vision Science Research Seminar Series featuring Dr. Maud Gorbet, University of Waterloo, "Biocompatibility with biomaterials and biomedical devices," Friday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., OPT 1129.

Lectures in Catholic Experience featuring Douglas Cardinal, architect, "Organic Architecture and the Indigenous Worldview," Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University, Academic Centre Vanstone Lecture Hall.

Velocity Fund $5K and $25K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Saturday, March 3.

The DaCapo Chamber Choir present ‘Reincarnations' - Saturday March 3, 8 p.m. & Sunday March 4, 3 p.m.

NEW - Weather Station 20th Anniversary, Public Presentation and Reception -Monday, March 5th 2018. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Davis Centre 1302 

PhD seminar, “Stereoscopic 3D line drawing and shading,” Lesley Istead, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., DC 3323

In Light of the Moon film screening and panel discussion, Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., AHS 1689.

Silver Medal Award Guest Lecture, “SORRY IS AS SORRY DOES: Apologies and Beyond, in an Era of Reconciliation, Redress, and Resurgence,” Wednesday, March 7th, 4:30 p.m., STC 0050.

NEW - Mardi Gras -Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., University Club

PhD seminar, Incremental difficulty in platformer games,” Rina Wehbe, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m., DC 3317

PhD seminar, Left them 4 dead: Perception of humans versus non-player character teammates in cooperative gameplay,” Rina Wehbe, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, March 20, 10:00 a.m., DC 3317