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Agnes Herzberg, 2018 U of S honorary degree recipient

Agnes Herzberg

July 6th, 2018

Agnes Herzberg, 2018 U of S honorary degree recipient

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 honorary degree, please visit the Queen's Gazette

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Stefanie Knebel

Grad Student Spotlight: Stefanie Knebel
Stefanie Knebel - M.Sc. student ‘18

June 22nd, 2018

Stefanie was recently awarded a Dean’s award for Women in Science. We sat down with her to find out more about her experience as a grad student.


  Tell us a bit about yourself...

I completed a Bachelor’s degree with honours in psychology from Laurentian University. I worked in geriatrics while completing a thesis that blended concepts from cognitive and social psychology. After graduating, I worked as a lab coordinator in a cognitive psychology lab at Queen’s, and also as a research assistant in geriatric psychiatry at Providence Care.

I then worked towards a B.Sc. degree in mathematics for two years before being admitted into the M.Sc. program in mathematics and statistics. I think the path that I’ve taken to this point allows me to approach math problems with a fresh perspective.

Next year, I’m very excited to begin studies in the Doctoral program here at Queen’s University, working with Dr. Peter Taylor.


  …and about your research

My research is on evolutionary game theory using methods of agent based modeling. The overall theme is the understanding of human behaviour. I’m interested in neuroscience and I will look for ways to incorporate this into my research.

I am also interested in implementing basic concepts of game theory and robotics into the secondary math curriculum, and to assist Dr. Peter Taylor in improving the mathematical experience of both secondary students and teachers.


  What have been some of the highlights in your grad school career at Queen's?

There have been many highlights - it’s difficult to list them all!

I’ve had the opportunity to publish a chapter in a book with my supervisor Peter Taylor and to present at various conferences. Conferences can sometimes be hectic but I always feel a bit like a kid in a candy store! I attended conferences before being admitted into Queen’s but they can be quite pricey, so having a program fund and support me is great.

I’ve also had the pleasure of giving a lecture to a large undergraduate class, which I enjoyed very much. The positive feedback I received from students was really encouraging.

Each summer I’m involved in the Shad Valley program, where we do some fun math with high-achieving secondary school students. I am also a camp leader for the wonderful MathQuest camp offered by Queen’s during the summer for secondary school girls.

Finally, finding a community that loves board games as much I do has been rewarding in and of itself!


  What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying math or statistics at the graduate level?

Think about your motivation for studying mathematics.

Your path in graduate studies will likely have ups and downs. So when things don’t go as planned, view it as a learning experience and an opportunity to grow.

I would recommend students volunteer whenever possible, whether it's volunteering for a nursing home, an outreach program, research lab, a local farm or something else. I've found several benefits can come from volunteer work. Not only is it rewarding to help others in the community but it's always a great learning experience. Most of my passions were realized by first volunteering and then being offered a job. It may also help to keep perspective and make friends along the way. 

Also, if you can, allow hobbies to define you, rather than the idea of a career or job. Recognize how your combination of interests is unique, and use that information to find fulfilling work that you excel in.


  Any advice for young women in particular?

Within the university, we are all here with a common interest of obtaining and sharing knowledge. As women we will encounter a number of similar situations and it’s important that we all begin to work together and help each other. At the end of the day, I hope my work will be what is evaluated, and not my first name, appearance, or gender.


  What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy hiking and other physical activities, especially when outdoors. I also enjoy tinkering with robotics, such as my Arduino. Music plays a large role in my life, particularly the piano and violin. Here in Kingston, I enjoy attending the Kingston Symphony’s concerts very much. I have an appreciation for antiques, especially the engineering involved, and I have an absolute love of libraries. Oh, and board games!


  What are your goals for the future?

I’ve been trying to make decisions based on what makes me happy. Following a career that includes my passions would be ideal. At the moment, learning from Peter and further exploring my interests in game theory, programming, robotics, education and research is living the dream. In the future, I hope to continue with work that provides similar challenges and fulfillment.

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

June 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Math & Engineering, Class of '18

May 31st, 2018

Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018

    Congratulations to the Math & Engineering graduating class of 2018.

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David McLeod (Ph.D. 2017), receives multiple honors

Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society

David McLeod (Ph.D. 2017), receives multiple honors

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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Strength in Numbers: Graduate Workshop in Number Theory

Strength In Numbers Poster

Strength in Numbers: A Graduate Workshop in Number Theory and Related Areas

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.com/view/strengthinnumbers2018/home

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

We hope to see you there!
Sincerely,
The organizing committee
Neha Prabhu, Siddhi Pathak and Vaidehee Thatte

Students invited to attend (SOGMSC) Conference

The Southwestern Ontario Graduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference

June 18th-19th, 2018

What is SOGMSC?

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.

Goal of SOGMSC

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. 

Benefit to the Graduate Student Community

  • 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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Applications for CUMC Award for Excellence due by April 28th

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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Research and Development funds awarded to several of our Faculty

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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Inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series - Amie Wilkinson

April 5th, 2018

  • Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

    Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

  • Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

    Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

  • Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

    Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science, welcomes the overflow audience at the inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series given by Amie Wilkinson from the University of Chicago

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