Information for

New Graduate Student Information

Welcome to the University of Waterloo. We're excited to have you on board. This page contains important information you need to know as a graduate student and/or teaching assistant. Please look over this information prior to your arrival in Waterloo.

Orientation Schedule: Wednesday, September 6, 2017; M3 1006




Registration in M3 Atrium

Light breakfast will be available


Welcome and Introduction to the Faculty of Mathematics

Christiane Lemieux, Associate Dean, Mathematics Graduate Studies

Stephen Watt, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics

Francis Poulin (presented by Christiane Lemieux), Associate Dean, Math Undergraduate Studies

Steve Vavasis, Associate Dean, Computing, MFCF (for non-CS students)

Meagan Yarmey, Counsellor, Faculty of Mathematics

Mark Womack, Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Mathematics


Student Associations and Services

Kira Bruschke, Centre for Career Action

Cathy Wang, TA Workshop Facilitator, Centre for Teaching Excellence

Max Salman, Vice-President, Graduate Student Association

Mary Janet McPherson, English Language Teaching Associate, Writing Centre

Meghan Riley, Student Success Office

Ashley Hannon, MITACS

Rebecca Hutchinson, Math/CS Library Liaison, Davis Centre Library


Academic Integrity

Rebecca Hutchinson


Math Graduate Student Association and the Math Faculty Players

Lindsey Daniels, Chair, Math Graduate Student Association

Math Faculty Players Skit: Michael Moir, Carolyn Lamb, Mariah Martin Shein, Huameng (Eric) Jia, Hongdi Huang


Math Activity

Christiane Lemieux


Lunch in M3 Atrium


Department/School-Specific Training:

Department/School-Specific Training


Start Time and Room

Applied Math

1:00 PM in MC 6460

Combinatorics and Optimization

1:00 PM in MC 6486

Computational Math

1:00 PM in MC 5479

Computer Science

12:30 PM in DC 1302

Pure Math

1:00 PM in MC 5413

Statistics and Actuarial Science

MActSc – 1:30 PM in M3 2134

MQF – 3:00 PM in M3 3103

MMath – 3:15 PM in M3 3127

PhD – 4:30 PM in M3 3127


CMAHRO TA Responsibilities: Harassment and Discrimination

Harassment and Discrimination are issues taken seriously by the University of Waterloo.   As a TA, you have a responsibility to respond if you become aware of harassment or discrimination.  This module outlines what your responsibilities are and what resources are available to assist you in responding effectively.

Note:  You must self-enroll in this course. You must achieve a passing grade of 70%. 

Instructions for self-enrollment and accessing the module/quiz:

  • Login into Waterloo LEARN
  • Click the "Self Registration" link at the top of the screen and select "CMAHRO TA Training - Mathematics"
  • Find "Select a Course...." at the top of the screen and then click the link for "CMAHRO TA Training - Mathematics"
  • Under the "Content Browser" heading, select "TA Orientation - Harassment and Discrimination"
  • After completing the module, select "Assessments" drop down menu at the top of the screen and select "Quizzes"
  • Under the "Current Quizzes" heading, select "TA Harassment & Discrimination Quiz"

At the beginning of the term, all new TAs are required to:

  • complete the TA Orientation – Harassment and Discrimination online module
  • complete the TA Harassment and Discrimination Quiz

Slides from the 2017 Math Grad Orientation

  1. Math Introduction (PDF)
  2. Math Computing Environment (PDF)
  3. Counseling services (PDF)
  4. Math Development (PDF)
  5. Centre for Career Action (PDF)
  6. Centre for Teaching Excellence (PDF)
  7. The Writing and Communication Centre (PDF)
  8. The Student Success Office (PDF)
  10. UW Library (PDF)
  11. Academic Integrity (PDF)
  12. Math GSA (PDF)

CS Orientation:

Academic Integrity and Safety Training

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. 

It is important graduate students are familiar with the following resources:

Academic integrity basic information
Graduate Academic Integrity Subject Guide

All new graduate students must also complete computer based safety training.

Information for Teaching Assistants

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Manual (PDF) for Faculty of Mathematics.

Guidelines for Teaching Assistants re: Harassment and Discrimination

Guidelines on returning assignments and posting grades

Resolution of disputes between TAs and instructors and RAs and supervisors

Policy 19 – Access to and Release of student information

Policy 33 - Ethical Behaviour

Privacy and Retention Policies

Math Grad TA Training (AM, CM, PM, CO): Part A: Introduction and Part B: Practical Skills


Computer Science Computing Facility (CSCF)

MFCF Grad Information Sheet Non-CS

Math Faculty Computing Facility Resources for Graduate Students


Centre for Teaching Excellence

Conflict Management & Human Rights Office

Counselling Services

English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) graduate credit courses (PDF)

Health Services

Life in Computer Science

Mitacs professional development workshops and projects seeking interns

Resources for current students

Student Success Office

Teaching Development for Graduate Students (PDF)

The Writing Centre for graduate students

University of Waterloo Library Mathematics Research Guides

Recommended Reading

A Guide for Graduate Research and Supervision at Waterloo

Funding and External Awards

Guidelines on Graduate Student Support

Policy 70: Student Petitions and Grievances

Policy 71: Student Discipline

Policy 72: Student Appeals

Policy 73: Intellectual Property Rights

More information is available from your Dept/School or the Mathematics Graduate Office