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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 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


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:

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

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