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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 5, 2018; M3 1006




Registration in M3 Atrium

Hot 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)

Mark Womack, Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Mathematics

Meagan Yarmey, Counsellor, Faculty of Mathematics


Student Associations and Services

Kira Bruschke, Centre for Career Action

Moriah Pellowe, TA Workshop Facilitator, Centre for Teaching Excellence

Naima Samuel, Vice-President, Graduate Student Association

Mary Janet McPherson, English Language Teaching Associate, Writing Centre

Jessica Achebe, Student Success Office

Jennifer Gillis, Accessibility Services Office

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: TBA



Sarah Lima


Safety Training

Christiane Lemieux


Math Activity

Christiane Lemieux


Break-out to Departments


Department/School-Specific Training:

Department/School-Specific Training


Start Time and Room

Applied Math

1:00 PM in MC 5501

Combinatorics and Optimization

1:00 PM in MC 5417

Computational Math

11:00 AM in MC 6460

Computer Science

1:00 PM in DC 1302

Pure Math

11:00 AM in MC 5403

Statistics and Actuarial Science

MActSc – 3:00 PM in M3 2134

MQF – 1:30 PM in M3 3127

MMath – TBA in M3 3127

PhD – TBA in M3 3127


Slides from the 2018 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)
  9. UW Library (PDF)
  10. Academic Integrity (PDF)
  11. Math GSA (PDF)

CS Orientation:

GeoMax Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the GeoMax game that occurred during the Math Grad Orientation.  

The team in first place will receive $90 (=3 people x $30 each) and the team in second place will be receiving $75 (=3 people x $25 each).  

Year Distance (km)
First place Second Place
2017 38,384 35,541
2018 TBA TBA

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