There are a number of internal awards and opportunities available within the Faculty of Mathematics as a part of the Faculty's commitment to promoting excellence in research. Please review details below regarding eligibility, application process, etc.
Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award
The Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award was established to recognize the outstanding research contributions of our colleagues. The research accomplishments of our world-class faculty are presented at the Fall Faculty Reception and provide a mechanism for promoting and encouraging research within the University of Waterloo.
This award provides $2,500 for one or two early or mid-career faculty members in the Faculty of Mathematics.
- The award may be based on a body of work developed over the past five years, or for a single influential paper published in the past five years, measuring the quality, quantity and impact of the work.
- Nominee should be early or mid-career faculty.
- Members of the Math Research Excellence Award committee are ineligible.
- Chairs/Director, Associate Deans, and the Dean are ineligible while holding their administrative positions.
Winners would not be eligible for the next four competitions. Researchers who have had release time for the purpose of research (for example, Steacie and Killam winners) would not be eligible until two years later after their term has ended.
Nomination and selection process:
The unit Chair/Director or delegate is to nominate two faculty members from each unit: one early-career researcher and one mid-career researcher, for the award. The deadline to submit the nomination packages each year is May 17 (if the deadline falls on the weekend, then the deadline is automatically extended to the next business day). The nominator should forward the nomination packages of their nominees to the Math Research Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The nomination package must include:
- A letter of nomination (limited to two pages) indicating the candidate’s career stage and a discussion, as appropriate, of candidate’s research achievement in relation to peers at the same career stage; quantity and quality of contributions; leadership in research community; research impact in (or outside) of discipline; awards received; etc.
- The candidate’s full CV.
The recipient of the award is selected by the Faculty of Mathematics Distinguished Award Committee in June with an announcement to follow in July.
- 2023: Mario Ghossoub (Statistics and Actuarial Science) and Gautam Kamath (Computer Science)
- 2022: Aukosh Jagannath (Statistics and Actuarial Science) and Florian Kerschbaum (Computer Science)
- 2021: Eduardo Martin-Martinez (Applied Mathematics) and Sophie Spirkl (Combinatorics and Optimization)
- 2020: Pengfei Li (Statistics and Actuarial Science) and William Slofstra (Pure Mathematics)
- 2019: Jesse Hoey (Computer Science), Laura Sanità (Combinatorics and Optimization) and Ben Webster (Pure Mathematics)
- 2018: Jason Bell (Pure Math), Luke Postle (Combinatorics and Optimization), and Daniel Vogel (Computer Science)
- 2017: Matthew Kennedy (Pure Math) and Ruodu Wang (Statistics and Actuarial Science)
Faculty of Mathematics Research Chairs
The Faculty of Mathematics owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its eminent professors. The Faculty of Mathematics recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation “Math Faculty Research Chair.” The number of such appointments does not generally exceed 5 per cent of the tenured faculty, underlining the highly prestigious nature of the Math Faculty Research Chair designation. A faculty member with this title will receive a teaching reduction of one course and $50,000 in research funding per year. A faculty member with the title does not get a teaching reduction during a sabbatical or other leave, and the teaching reduction is not necessarily additive with any other teaching reduction. The Math Faculty Research Chair title and benefits will be relinquished if another major research chair is awarded.
At steady state, the intention is to make at most three appointments each year. The number of appointments will be reviewed annually by the Dean in consultation with the Dean’s Advisory Council and the program will be reviewed after an initial period of five years.
Nomination and selection process:
- A head of Department/School may forward nominations of faculty members per calendar year to the Dean and the Associate Dean Research, who will make the final decision.
- A nomination package must include:
Nomination letter from the head of the department/school
A curriculum vitae
A short, non-technical description of the nominee's scholarly contributions
A description of the research program to be conducted during the period of the chair, including expected outcome and impact (maximum three pages including references)
The names of three external referees
Budget including planned expenditures
Any other documentation the department/school considers necessary to make a compelling case.
- 2023: Sophie Spirkl (Combinatorics and Optimization), Aissa Wade (Pure Mathematics) and Sepehr Assadi (Computer Science)
- 2022: Pengfei Li (Statistics & Actuarial Science) and Rahim Moosa (Pure Mathematics)
- 2021: Kirsten Morris (Applied Mathematics) and Matthew Satriano (Pure Mathematics)
- 2019: Richard Cook (Statistics & Actuarial Science) and Levent Tunçel (Combinatorics and Optimization)
Faculty of Mathematics Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Faculty of Mathematics Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series
The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo. These lectures feature prominent researchers in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.
Candidates may be nominated by any faculty member at the Faculty of Mathematics. Please contact the Associate Dean Research and International. There are two nomination deadlines each year, October 1 and February 1 (if the deadline falls on a weekend, then the next business day).
Major Proposal Development Support Program
Math Faculty Major Proposal Development Support Program (MMPDS) is intended to maximize our faculty members’ ability to attract interdisciplinary academic and non-academic partners and secure significant funding from external sponsors. The MMPDS provides support to researchers who are developing large-scale, complex and multi-institutional external research grant applications. Waterloo’s Office of Research (OR) offers 50% of the total cost to secure writing/editing assistance to develop this high-value, collaborative-team grant application, requiring researchers to cover the rest of the cost. Math Faculty MMPDS funding will cover the researcher’s contribution to secure writing/editing assistance, up to $5,000.
must be a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the Faculty of Mathematics
must be the Principal Investigator (PI) of the MMPDS eligible grant proposal (see the eligibility criteria below)
External grant proposal
must be of high value, requesting over $1 million cash support
requires developing research plans in collaboration with external partners and/or interdisciplinary team
must be submitted to the granting agency within one year of the date of MMPDS award decision
must be supported by the OR with matching funds
examples include but are not limited to: CFI Innovation Fund, NSERC CREATE, NFRF Transformation, CIHR Team Grants, SSHRC Partnership programs and NCE grants
Personnel for writing and editing
NOTE: Expenses for travel, meetings, meals, telephone, printing and stationaries, and other non-writing and/or non-editing services are not eligible.
Email your request to ADRI (email@example.com) with the following details:
- Name of the PI
- Grant program and Sponsor
- A brief overview of the project team including best EDI practices implemented within team composition – maximum 1 page
- A project summary (e.g., the need for the project, approach and anticipated outcome) – max 500 words
- PI’s CV (maximum 5-page), including your grant support, publications, outreach, and HQP training for the last 6 years
This stream will support two faculty members per year who are at critical junctures in their careers and whose research productivity has been directly affected by personal life events (e.g., illness of a dependent, parent, spouse/partner, or oneself; complications from pregnancy/childbirth; combination of major life events) by providing a 1-course teaching release to each faculty member.
Visit the Bridge Support page for more information regarding the application process and eligibility.
Graduate students in the Faculty of Mathematics are eligible to receive prestigious awards and prizes as a part of the Faculty's commitment to promoting excellence in research. Please review the details below regarding eligibility, application process, etc.
For more information about funding your graduate studies, please visit our funding and opportunities page.
Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Research Excellence Award
The Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Research Excellence Award is designed to recognize and celebrate research excellence. Two awards valued at $5,000 each will be provided annually to graduate students who are currently registered full time (or who were last registered within the last two academic terms) in the Faculty of Mathematics. The nominees must have authored or co-authored an outstanding research paper as of January 31st in the year of selection. Students must be nominated by their supervisor, with the final selections made by the Faculty of Mathematics Research Advisory Committee.
Eligibility & selection criteria:
- Graduate students registered full time in any program in the Faculty of Mathematics. Students who were last registered within the last two academic terms will also be considered.
- Interested applicants must have written a research paper on any topic covered by the Faculty of Mathematics. Papers can be single-authored or multi-authored, providing that the contributions of the graduate students is roughly equal. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Faculty of Mathematics Research Advisory Committee (RAC) annually in February based on originality, importance, and potential impact of the research paper.
- To be eligible for the Award, as of January 31 in the year of award selection, the nominee's paper must be published in or accepted to a journal or reviewed conference proceedings or passed the first round of the normal refereeing process for a journal.
- To be considered, a faculty member must nominate a paper authored (or co-authored) by a graduate student under his/her supervision to the Chair of the unit/department, by the due date set by the unit/department. Units/departments will review and rank applications, and will submit selected nominations to the office of the Associate Dean Research and International by January 31.
- If more than one graduate student contributed to the research paper of a successful application package, the monetary award will be split equally amongst the students.
Level: Masters, Doctoral
Program: Mathematics→Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics & Optimization, Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics for Teachers, Pure Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science
Citizenship: Canadian/Permanent resident, International/study permit student
Selection process: Student selected automatically by Faculty/Department
- For further information about this award please contact the applicable:
Whether you are interested in publishing your work or advancing your studies, many of our undergraduate researchers have achieved great success under the supervision of faculty members in the Faculty of Mathematics. You can also apply for undergraduate research awards to help fund your work.
Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Interested in research on campus? The Faculty of Mathematics has several opportunities for undergraduates to develop their research skills, which are administered through the individual units. If you are interested in getting involved with undergraduate research projects and awards, are looking for a project supervisor, or would like to see available research projects for undergraduate students, please check out this form.
Please refer to the individual units for more details on available research opportunities, which may include NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), Mathematics Undergraduate Research Award (MURA), Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA), internships, etc:
The Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
The Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research - The Faculty of Mathematics is unique in offering a prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate research - the Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Professor Ming Li and his family have created this award in honour and memory of his late wife, Jessie Wenhui Zou. With this award, the family wishes to support research activities at the undergraduate level within the Faculty of Mathematics to carry on Jessie’s passion for education.
The spirit of this award is to acknowledge research achieved by students at any time during their undergraduate career. The undergraduate student must be in their last year of study, but the research can have been conducted any time during their undergraduate career. This award will provide $1,000 to one Faculty of Mathematics undergraduate student.
Germain – Erdős Undergraduate Award in Mathematics Research
The Germain – Erdős Undergraduate Award in Mathematics Research
As an undergraduate student, David Ash (BMath ’87), joined a research team in Combinatorics and Optimization. This experience forever impacted his life, giving him a taste of the excitement that mathematical research brings. With this award, David Ash wishes to recognize remarkable contributions to basic mathematical research stemming from a successful Undergraduate Research Assistant placement.
This award recognizes research conducted any time during their undergraduate career, and will provide $2,500 to one Faculty of Mathematics undergraduate student. More details about the award can be found here: Germain – Erdős Undergraduate Award in Mathematics Research.
The President's upper-year awards
The President's upper-year awards - The President's upper-year awards include the President's International Experience Award, the President's Experiential Award and the President's Research Award. These awards allow students that participate in an international study/work experience or on-campus research experience to claim up to $1,500. Please go to Student Awards and Financial Aid for more information.
William T. Tutte Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Faculty of Mathematics William T. Tutte Postdoctoral Fellowship intends to attract high-calibre scholars to conduct research in Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science or any related fields. Up to three Fellowships per year will be awarded, recognizing postdoctoral researchers with the potential to transform their field of research.
Eligibility: Open to citizens in any country. Applicants must have completed a PhD no earlier than 3 years prior to the start date of the Fellowship. At the time of application submission, the applicant must not hold a postdoc position or be employed at the University of Waterloo.
Applications are evaluated based on research excellence in leadership in the applicant’s research field and quality of the proposed research program.
Value: $75,000/year plus $15,000/year research fund
Duration: 2 years