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Community engagement and outreach

The University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics is very active in outreach and enrichment programs to promote mathematics and computer science in elementary and secondary schools in Canada and around the world.

Coordinated through the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), this outreach includes contests, workshops, school visits, and online resources for students and teachers. It was founded in 1995 with origins dating back to the 1960s.

The CEMC aims to increase enjoyment, confidence and ability in mathematics and computer science among students and teachers in Canada and internationally. Through contests, face-to-face workshops, online resources, and publications, the CEMC provides curricular and enrichment support to elementary and secondary schools. The activities of the CEMC emphasize the relevance and importance of mathematics and computer science in the 21st century.

The Society of Descartes Medallists was founded in 1968 by the Rene Descartes Foundation for the Advancement of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. This Society has met annually since 1968 for the express purpose of paying tribute to mathematics teachers of Ontario who are identified as being worthy of special recognition. Each year the Foundation admits new members, chosen for their contribution to the noble cause of mathematics education, to life membership in the Society of Descartes Medallists.

An extensive program of research seminars runs continuously in the Faculty of Mathematics. These talks range from theoretical to applied, and often feature visiting researchers from other universities and industry.