## Congratulations Math & Stats - Arts & Science, Class of '18

**June 5th, 2018**

Congratulations to the Math & Stats - Arts & Science, graduating class of 2018.

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**June 5th, 2018**

Congratulations to the Math & Stats - Arts & Science, graduating class of 2018.

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**May 31st, 2018**

Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

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**May 15th, 2018**

Congratulations to David McLeod (PhD 2017) who received both the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the CAIMS Cecil-Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award for his thesis. Dave’s research uses techniques from dynamical systems theory and stochastic differential equations to address questions of fundamental interest to evolutionary biologists involving infectious diseases and mating systems, as well as the evolution of social interactions such as cooperation, altruism and spite.

Read more about David's 2018 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award here.

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**Dates**: Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, 2018

**Venue**: Jeffery Hall, Queen's University

This is a two-day workshop aimed primarily at graduate students. Participation is open to all. There are five plenary talks by experts and many contributed talks by graduate students on a topic of their choice. Schedules and abstracts of the talks are attached with this email.

A novel feature of this workshop is a presentation by Prof. Erin Maloney, a psychologist specializing in math anxiety and related areas. The invited speakers will also lead a **panel discussion** regarding professional development on Saturday. Questions can be submitted here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdedZpevw4t8mDHlctq1Nmbmz3hX6v6IC-pyeBmV79jlWLM2g/viewform?usp=sf_link

More information about the workshop can also be found on the website: https://sites.google.

This workshop is sponsored by the Fields institute, the Number Theory Foundation and the department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queen's.

- General Schedule
*(PDF, 44 KB)* - Short Talks Schedule
*(PDF, 88 KB)* - Abstracts for Short Talks
*(PDF, 185 KB)* - Abstracts for Plenary Talks
*(PDF, 103 KB)*

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The organizing committee

Neha Prabhu, Siddhi Pathak and Vaidehee Thatte

**June 18th-19th, 2018**

The Southwestern Ontario Graduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference (SOGMSC) is a graduate student-organized conference, run specifically for senior undergraduate and graduate students. The program will consist of 20-25 minute presentations by current graduate students on research topics in all areas of mathematics and statistics. **All students are welcomed to attend or present any part of their research.**

The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students the opportunity to present their original research and to learn about other exciting research being conducted. The conference will be in front of other students making it a very safe and fun environment to practice presentation skills.

- Gain presentation
**experience**. **Collaborate**with other mathematics/ statistics students.- Add a presentation to your
**CV or scholarship application**(OGS, NSERC). **Discover**different topics and project interests within mathematics and statistics.

**Date:** Monday, June 18 - 19, 2018 from 8:30am - 4:00pm**Location:** University of Guelph**Registration cost:** Free!**Registration:** To register please email: mathgrad@uoguelph.ca

**** Please note that if you wish to present: send a 250 word abstract with your registration.**

**** Registration deadline is: June 8, 2018**

**** The Queen's Math & Stats department will cover up to $200 towards your travel and accommodation costs if you present at this conference.**

**Conference Webpage:** https://mathstat.uoguelph.ca/graduate/sogmsc

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**May 1st, 2018**

Congratulations to Queen’s University Statistics Professor, Agnes Herzberg, who will receive an honorary degree from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S)

During the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Spring Convocation ceremonies from June 4-7, eight individuals who have made a worthy and unique contribution to their community will receive honorary degrees.

Through conferring honorary degrees––the highest honour the U of S can bestow on an individual––the university recognizes individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in research, scholarly and artistic works; performed exceptional public service; contributed greatly through their professional or philanthropic activity; and demonstrated great athletic prowess.

A noted Canadian statistician and U of S grad, Herzberg researches the statistical design of experiments including contributions to the design of clinical trials in medicine. Most recently, she co-authored a paper examining the noteworthy properties of Sudoku puzzles, including its potential for data compression.

To read more about Dr. Herzberg's honour, visit the U of S website

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**April 28th, 2018**

Undergraduate students: If you are interested in applying for the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference Award for Excellence, the deadline has been extended to April 28th.

This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student for the purpose of participating in the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) It will be held at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, from July 11th to 15th 2018.

**ELIGIBILITY**

- Must be an undergraduate student studying at a Canadian university
- Must be studying mathematics or a related discipline
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Must present a poster or talk at the CUMC

**CRITERIA**

Three key categories will be considered and weighted equally:

- University and mathematical community involvement
- Academic excellence
- Research potential

Applications should be submitted to chair-studc@cms.math.ca. Applications must be doc, docx, or pdf format. The application package must contain and is limited to the following documents that speak to the above criteria:

- A Curriculum Vitae
- A statement of qualifications and mathematical interests (no more than 250 words)
- One reference letter from a faculty member or other professional, sent directly by the author from their professional email account

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Seven of our faculty members applied for funding to develop their research programs from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada this year, and all 7 were successful. Prof. Serdar Yüksel also received an ‘accelerator’ supplement with his grant, reserved for faculty with superior research programs who show strong potential to become international leaders in their field.

Prof. Greg Smith received an award from the Wallenberg Foundation and will spend the next academic year at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Profs. Serdar Yuksel, Devon Lin and Bahman Gharesifard are working with the new Fields Centre for Quantitative Analysis and Modeling. This centre was created by the Fields Institute with an injection of $4,000,000 from the Ontario Government. One of the first recipients of the new funding will be the Chemical Process Mathematics Lab (CPML) related to chemical process modeling, control, optimization and data which will be located at Queen’s, with collaboration from researchers at Waterloo, McMaster and Ryerson. The grant can be used to fund conferences and graduate students.

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**April 5th, 2018**

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**March 14th, 2018**

**It's the only holiday to honor a number:** Pi Day, on 3-14, the beginning digits of the infinite, nonrepeating decimal expansion of pi = 3.1415926...As the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, pi is irrational and transcendental--qualities sure to bring a twinkle to any mathematician's eyes. **Here's how the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, at Queen's University celebrated Pi Day.**

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