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First annual Canadian Undergrad Conference on AI

First annual Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Artificial Intelligence

March 31st, 2019

The first annual Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Artificial Intelligence took place on March 9th, 2019. Backed by QMIND (whose members include Mathematics and Engineering students) and a strong Queen’s community, the event marked its debut on the national stage with delegations from Queen’s University, McGill University, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and University of Manitoba. In total, over 200 student delegates, industry leaders, and sponsor representatives came together for the day to discuss the state of Canadian AI.

A written summary of the conference can be viewed here:


Math Quest Director to speak at Fields Institute

March 30th, 2019

Time: 10:50-11:10 a.m.  Place: Fields Institute, Room 230

Speaker: Siobhain Broekhoven, (Queen’s University)

Title: Sex, math and games: Transitioning students to the next level with recreational math.

Abstract: Successful transitions enrich the student experience whether the transition is from elementary to secondary school, secondary to tertiary education, or tertiary to the work force or academia. Why is it that females (which studies show have equal ability to males) are not transitioning into STEM fields at similar rates? This CMS speciality program at Queen’s University is designed to motivate and engage this underrepresented demographic. This talk looks at the design of sessions that are low floor high ceiling, experiential, more collaborative (and less competitive) that lead to a growth mindset; relieving math anxiety; and connecting mathematics to current careers, the arts and real world applications —all the while building community.

Siobhain Broekhoven is an Intermediate-Senior math, physics and Special Education Specialist with Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, currently working with youth at risk. She is also the developer and director of Math Quest, Queen’s Math Camp for Girls, a summer program of the Department of Math and Stats at Queen’s University, sponsored by the Canadian Math Society. The program runs for a week in August each summer. Her interests lie in helping students to build resilience and develop a growth mindset.

Source:  The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences


Machine learning lands Canadian Researchers $1M Turing Award

Machine Learning

March 27th, 2019

Three researchers, two of them Canadian, have won the world's top award in computer science for developing the ability of computers to learn like humans, by imitating the human brain and how it functions using networks of "neurons." 

That allows computers to acquire new skills by looking at lots of examples and finding and recognizing patterns, as humans do.

Machine learning — based on "deep learning" and "neural networks" —  has led to the development of artificial intelligence that now powers everyday web and smartphone applications from voice, image and facial recognition to language translation. It's increasingly being used in more complicated tasks like generating art, creating text and diagnosing cancer from images.

Read more here...

Source:  The CBC


Your Academic Success (YAS) survey

Students in Classroom

March 25th, 2019

The ‘Your Academic Success (YAS)’ survey is part of a longitudinal cohort study being conducted by the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University that aims to look at how undergraduate students are thriving academically. The findings of the study will help inform the design and delivery of key academic support services.

The survey will be open until March 25, 2019, takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and all answers are confidential.  Students who fill out the survey can choose to enter a draw to win one of 30 $30 Campus Bookstore gift cards.

Start the Your Academic Success survey here


Google employee breaks world record for calculating pi

Pi-Day image

March 14th, 2019

A Google employee has broken the world record for calculating pi just in time for the mind-bogglingly long number's special day.

Emma Haruka Iwao spent four months working on the project in which she calculated pi to 31.4 trillion digits.

Pi holds a special place in the realm of math. It's an irrational number that continues infinitely without repetition. You calculate it by dividing a circle's circumference by its diameter.

Iwao did her number crunching primarily from Google's office in Osaka, Japan, where she works at as a developer and advocate for Google Cloud. Fittingly, she used 25 Google Cloud virtual machines to generate the enormously long number. It's the first pi record calculated on the cloud.

Read more here: San Francisco (CNN Business)


Queen's University Scientista present annual luncheon, Facing Forward

Queen's University Scientista present its 3rd annual discussion panel luncheon, Facing Forward

March 2nd, 2019

Queen's University Scientista is thrilled to present its 3rd annual discussion panel luncheon, FACING FORWARD. Through an invigorating discussion between five diverse panelists from different sectors of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) along with two keynote speakers, we hope to empower individuals to Face Forward with us as we look into the future of women in STEMM. 

Scientista was established with the purpose of providing women in science with the resources and support necessary to help them succeed in their current and future endeavors. With this event, we aspire to promote the advancement of undergraduate and graduate women in STEMM as well as connect them to a larger network of women in these fields.

We invite you to join us at the Delta for an afternoon of enlightening discussion, lunch buffet, a raffle draw and much more to do just that!

Early Bird Tickets are $15 and are only available until February 9th in the link as follows:
Regular ticket sales will commence during February 11-15 in the ARC, so keep an eye out!

For more information, please visit out Facebook event page at:

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

As always, please follow and keep up to date with our social media links regarding further inquiries and event information.

INSTAGRAM: @scientista.queensu


Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Time & Location: 6:00-6:30pm snack and social at Math Help Center, 6:30pm at Jeff 127

Alumni Speakers:

Shuming Jia: BSc in Mathematics from Queen's University; MSc in Pure Mathematics from University of Waterloo; Senior Data Scientist at Compass Digital Lab

      Expertise:  customer analytics and using data-driven strategy to help products to grow

Stuart Squires: BSc in Mathematics and Physics Specialization from Queen's University;  Software Developer in 360insights

      Expertise: solve complex software problem, designing better and more reliable products

Patrick Gravelle: BSc Honor in Statistics from Queen's University;  Master of Biostatistics at Harvard University

Lemonte Alie-Lamarche: BSc Honor in Mathematics from Queen's University; MSc in Mathematics at University of Toronto

Caleb Jonker: BSc Honor in Mathematics from Queen's University; PhD in Mathematics at University of Toronto

Professor Francesco Cellarosi
Career Service: Joshua Zettel

Images from Opening Doors Math & Stats Networking Event - Feb. 13th, 2019

Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event
Opening Doors - Math & Stats Networking Event

Open Government team of Canada, organizing its first Student Challenge

The Open Government team at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada is organising its first Student Challenge

February 8th, 2019

Are you a current or a recent student at a Canadian post-secondary institution?

We challenge you to share your work with the global open government community!

The Open Government team at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada is organizing its first Student Challenge! We want to showcase how students are using open data and information available on our portal at The goal is to create opportunities for current and recent students at Canadian post-secondary institutions to participate in the open government community and to demonstrate how open data/information can be used in creative ways to solve real problems.

Fill out our quick application form to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes. Up to four winners will be brought to Ottawa to attend the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit being held from May 29-31, 2019!

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

For more information about the challenge, please visit our website. You’ll find more details about eligibility and prizes, as well as examples of projects.

Please share this message with your student networks. 

We look forward to receiving your application!


2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer 2019 Research Opportunities

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, February 1st, 2019

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has several undergraduate research assistantships, including some through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards* program, available for the summer of 2019. These positions are open to current undergraduate students in mathematics and statistics, mathematics and engineering or related fields from Queen’s University or elsewhere. If you have a strong academic record and are interested in gaining research experience in the mathematical sciences we invite you to apply.

A list of available research projects offered by our department can be found here (PDF, 106 KB).  Successful applicants will be expected to work for 16 consecutive weeks, on a full-time basis (35 hrs/wk), between May and August.  Remuneration will be a minimum of $7840** for the entire work term for full-time assistantships.

If you are interested in being considered for a research position, please submit the following to Jennifer Read by February 1st, 2019:

  • A copy of your CV/resume.
  • The title of the project(s) for which you would like to be considered and a brief statement explaining why you are interested in and qualified for that project.  If you are interested in more than one project please rank the projects in order of preference.
  • Copies of transcripts for any studies not completed at Queen’s; the Department can access your Queen’s record.

Submission methods:  Electronically as a PDF to or by hard copy to:

Jennifer Read
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
RM320 Jeffery Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6

Eligible students will be considered for the NSERC USRA program.  Students selected for an NSERC USRA will be required to complete Form 202 and provide official, up to date (with fall 2018 grades), copies of all transcripts, including for studies completed at Queen’s.

USRA recipients will be selected in accordance with the objectives of that program.  All applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Academic record;
  2. Research aptitude and/or potential;
  3. Fit/qualifications for the selected project.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 28 February 2019. 

The number of positions will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funding/awards available.

*Information about the USRA program, including eligibility conditions and general application instructions can be found on the NSERC website.   Students selected for an NSERC USRA will be required to complete and submit FORM 202, Part I using the NSERC Online systemInstructions on completing this form can be found here.   You will be required to upload an official copy of transcripts for all universities attended.  Note that you should not upload a copy of the legend for Queen’s University.  Transcript legends for all other universities must be uploaded.  Part II of the application will be completed by the Department. 

**Before any applicable taxes and deductions.  This amount includes $4500 from NSERC for those selected for a USRA.