We understand there is a lot of uncertainty and concern among our graduate students. We want to reassure all our students that we are here to support you as we travel this unchartered territory together.
Health and safety continues to be our primary focus as we navigate the changing realities of education and research during a global pandemic. The University has been working diligently to prepare a safe and gradual return, informed by public health advice and best practices.
View the Welcome Back Waterloo Guide for an outline of the university's plans and steps you can take as you prepare to return. We encourage you to continue to check the COVID-19 web page for official updates and information specific to graduate students. Before you seek permission for access to campus, make sure you read COVID-19 and your research.
There are various resources available to support you. When contacting your coordinator or supervisors, it is best done through electronic means. If you require non-academic support, you can contact Campus Wellness. There are also helpline resources available: Good2Talk (1-866-925-5454) or EmpowerMe (1-844-741-6389).
Please contact the Math Graduate Office via email for any questions.
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Faculty of Mathematics
General graduate student information
Please use this page as a general guide for your graduate career here in the Faculty of Mathematics. As you work towards your degree, there are many things you need to consider. For important dates, please refer to the academic deadlines and events calendar.
The welfare of our graduate students is of utmost importance to the Faculty of Mathematics. To get a better picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the graduate experience, the Math Grad Office invites all current graduate students to participate in a virtual town hall.
Joining the panel at this town hall will be, Bertrand Guenin our Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Robert Bruce our Community Well-being & Engagement Officer, Jeremy Steffler our Equity Officer, and Raffe Kachichian our Graduate Studies Coordinator.
During our virtual town hall, we will be using tools that will allow you to initially post comments anonymously. After each round of anonymous posting, there will be an opportunity for participants to respond to the comments in an open (non-anonymous) forum.
We will also be meeting with students from each of our academic units / programs and expect the process to be completed by the end of June.
Town Hall: Wednesday 18 May 2022 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Major mandatory milestones
Academic Integrity (AI) is the cornerstone of research, teaching, and learning. Members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to personally demonstrate academic integrity in their work. All new graduate students are required to complete an online module within the first 8 weeks of the term. In addition, graduate students should become familiar with the following resources:
Graduate students are also considered to be employees at the University of Waterloo; hence they must also complete three mandatory online safety training sessions:
CMAHRO TA Responsibilities: Harassment and Discrimination
If you are a graduate student that will be a Teaching Assistant, then you are required to complete the Conflict Management & Human Rights Office (CMAHRO) Harassment and Discrimination online module and the quiz. Please see the Mathematics graduate teaching assistant page for more details.
Sexual Violence Awareness and Support
The University of Waterloo is deeply committed to creating a safe environment wherein all students, faculty and staff can flourish. We are taking action to make our campus safer, while providing support for those who have experienced sexual violence.
The University of Waterloo realizes that raising awareness and providing education on sexual violence are key steps in aiding the prevention of incidents; hence we encourage our students to take advantage of the online training: Sexual Violence Awareness HRE101 (20 min) created by the Equity Office.
UW policies, procedures & guidelines
For a complete list of University policies that concern, for example, the use of buildings, grounds and physical plant, the conduct of persons (students, staff, faculty and visitors) on University premises, and other matters of a general nature, visit the Secretariat's policies, procedures & guidelines. In particular, please review the following policies that are most relevant to graduate students:
At several points in a graduate student's careers, the student may require various forms. Please see the form page of the University Graduate Studies Office for the following:
- Convocation/thesis submission
- Personal information
On campus presence requirement
Full-time graduate students are expected to be geographically available and visit the campus regularly. These graduate students may be absent from the University provided that, if any such period of absence exceeds four weeks in any one term, it has the approval of the Supervisor, the Department Graduate Officer, and the Math Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Effective Spring 2022
Campus resources and services
To make the most of your graduate experience, please review the campus resources and services page and review the following free resources available to you:
- Academic Integrity
- AccessAbility Services
- Athletics and Recreation
- Centre for Career Action
- Centre for Teaching Excellence
- Conflict Management & Human Rights
- Counselling Services
- Food Services
- Graduate Student Association (GSA)
- Health Services (for individual students)
- Health Services (Family Health Clinic - for students with families)
- Information Systems and Technology (IST)
- Retail Services
- Student Success Office (SSO)
- Writing and Communication Centre
Math Grad Office
Bertrand Guenin: Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Kim Tremblay: Graduate Studies Supervisor
Raffe Kachichian: Graduate Studies Coordinator
Please Email: MGO@uwaterloo.ca
Combinatorics and Optimization
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
Denise Shantz: Supervisor (Scholarships)
Paula Roser: Financial and TA inquries
Ibelemari Kio: Master's Thesis/Coursework Program
Sara Mota: Scheduling
Nadine Zinger: PhD Program
CS-Grad Office: For general and admission inquiries
Statistics and Actuarial Science
Lisa Baxter: MMath Programs
Mary Lou Dufton: PhD Programs