Dean's message - March 2020

Our students deserve a lot of celebration. First, it is extremely competitive to be accepted into our programs, and they work hard to complete their degrees. We recognized many of them at this year’s Awards Dinner on February 4 and we have a few more to celebrate below. Congratulations to:

Beyond the opportunities in class and competitions, we also provide community building and occasions for our students to learn outside of the classroom. From Bell Let’s Talk Day activities, to career panels and Q&A sessions with alumni, to Women in Math lean-in circles and WiCS sessions such as Acing Your Technical Interview, it’s important for students to have ways to learn where they can find support and discover what’s next.

Many of our graduate students had the chance to meet professionals from industry and government at an interdisciplinary event held by the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute and CrySP called Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy. Few events around privacy offer this level of interdisciplinarity for our researchers where you would find an artist talk, a policy talk and a technical talk in the same day.

On March 10, you can support our graduate students as they compete in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty Heat. There are also two lectures this month for our students, staff and researchers. On March 13, the Bridges Lecture Series presents Symmetry: Bach and Math and on March 17 Moshe Y. Vardi will discuss an ethical crisis in computing.

On the recruitment front, there’s an opportunity to invite potential postdoctoral fellows to apply for the AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Recruitment. The one- or two-year fellowships include a $75,000 annual salary, an engagement fund of $7,500 plus access to additional funds to create disruptive research dissemination opportunities. Applications are due March 16. We have invited top applicants to our graduate programs to our annual Grad Visit Day on March 6. Visitors will have a chance to connect with potential supervisors, network with current grad students, and tour lab spaces. Then we will welcome high school students to campus on March 21 for the 2020 March Break Open House. Thank you in advance to all involved to help us make the experiences engaging and informative so that prospective students can make their decision about which university to attend.

If you’re looking for events, funding opportunities, calls for proposals and more from beyond campus, make sure to sign up for the Fields Institute’s mailing list.

Finally, join me in welcoming a couple of new people to our community. Divya Lala joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science as the Instructional Support Coordinator (ISC) and Wesley Korir joined the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing as the Strategic Advisor to the Director on African Initiatives.

Kevin Hare
Interim Dean, Faculty of Mathematics – University of Waterloo

Kevin Hare