45 students with offers of admission to MMath or PhD programs at the University of Waterloo gathered on campus for an open house today. Some came from as far away as Newfoundland, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Boston and Rochester, N.Y.
They experienced a unique research community where a whole Faculty of Mathematics - not just a department - is divided into five specialized academic units: Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics & Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science. 543 master's and 304 PhD students are currently enrolled.
The visitors were greeted by Ian Goulden, Dean of Mathematics and Levent Tuncel, the Faculty's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the morning. They had the opportunity to meet with prospective supervisors and current graduate students in their respective units, tour the campus and socialize.
"180 current grad students, faculty and staff joined in to make our guests feel welcome and show off how proud we are of UWaterloo," says organizer Betty Jacobs.