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Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Student Research Award

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 details below regarding eligibility, application process, etc.

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The Huawei Prize (for best research paper by a Mathematics graduate student)

The Huawei prize is made possible by the generous sponsorship from Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider that has partnered with the University of Waterloo to advance world-class research and innovation. 

This award will provide one or two graduate students in the Faculty of Mathematics $4,000 each for the demonstration of outstanding achievement in research through a peer-reviewed paper. Each department/school may submit at most one nominee for the Huawei Prize.

2018 Winners

2019 Winners


From Left to Right: Rui Qiao, PhD Candidate of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Bill Zhang, Director of Huawei Waterloo Research Centre. Yanhui Geng, Director of Huawei Noah's Ark Lab, Montreal. Raouf Boutaba, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Mathematics. Ruizhang Jin, PhD Candidate of Pure Mathematics.


  • The students must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research through a paper prior to January 31 (of the current year) that has either been:
    1. published in a journal or conference proceedings, or
    2. accepted to a journal or conference, or
    3. passed the first round of the normal refereeing process of a journal.
  • The nominee must have been registered as a graduate student in the Faculty of Mathematics for at least one semester during the calendar year (January 1 to December 31) prior to the nomination.
  • Students are nominated by their research supervisors.

Application process

The deadline for submission of nomination packages each year is January 31 (if the deadline falls on the weekend, then the deadline is automatically extended to the next business day). Each department/school may submit at most one nominee by this date to the Mathematics Research Office (so departmental deadlines for nominations will be set earlier). The nominee is selected by the Mathematics Faculty Research Advisory Committee in February. Departments/school should forward the package of their one nominee to

The nomination package must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing the contribution of the paper, its originality, importance and potential impact (limited to 2 pages).
  2. The research paper under consideration.
  3. A declaration of the student’s eligibility from the nominator.
  4. In case of joint authorship, a statement of the nominee's pivotal role in the research and writing of the paper.

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