The value of research is highlighted in the Faculty of Mathematics through several activities and opportunities for undergraduate students.
Many of our undergraduate researchers have achieved great success under the supervision of faculty members in the Faculty of Mathematics. This story of quantum discovery "Shape from Sound: Toward New Tools for Quantum Gravity" provides a recent example of one such remarkable achievement. Summer research students David Aasen and Tejal Bhamre (now graduate students at CalTech and Princeton, respectively) co-authored this paper with Professor Achim Kempf and were published in the top journal in physics. The article "Using sounds to reveal the shape of the Universe" explains how this research was able to bring together critical insights from mathematics in order to shed light on an important scientific problem.
Research resources and opportunities for undergraduate students
Interested in research on campus? The Faculty of Mathematics has several opportunities for undergraduate to develop their research skills which are administered through the individual unit. Please refer to the individual units for more details on available research opportunities, which may include NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA), internships, etc:
- Applied Mathematics
- Combinatorics and Optimization
- Computer Science
- Pure Mathematics
- Statistics and Actuarial Science
In addition, undergraduate students can learn more about the world-class research taking place on campus by attending our weekly research seminars.
Interested in publishing your work? The Faculty of Mathematics is proud to have The Waterloo Mathematics Review which showcases research achievements by undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. Undergraduates are able to publish their original research and contribute expository articles to The Review so long as topics are related to mathematics.
Interested in going beyond 400-level courses? Undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol in graduate-level courses to broaden their view of current research. For further information, contact the graduate office of the relevant Faculty of Mathematics department/school.
Research awards for undergraduate students
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. This award will provide $1,000 to one Faculty of Mathematics undergraduate student and recognition at his/her/their convocation.
The President's upper-year awards - The President's upper-year awards include the President's International Experience Award and the President's Research Award. Both awards valued at $1,500 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.