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Statement from the Department Head on Anti-Racism

This week has seen a renewed call to fight racism in all its manifestations. All of us must share this responsibility. I encourage you to inform yourself about and participate in these efforts. I endorse the messages from our Principal, the President of the Canadian Mathematical Society, the President of the American Mathematical Society, the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Indigeneity (Edii) Implementation Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Alma Mater Society of Queen's University, and the Mathematics and Statistics DSC Representatives

James Mingo
Math & Stats Department Head


Math & Stats Prof. Troy Day helping Ontario predict COVID-19

Troy Day

April 21st, 2020

As Ontario works to contain the spread of COVID-19, the provincial government is drawing on the expertise of researchers from its universities. Troy Day, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s, has been chosen to serve on the Provincial COVID-19 Modelling Consensus Table.

On Monday, Ontario released new models projecting the future spread of the virus in the province. The Gazette connected with Dr. Day to learn about his role at the table that generates these models and also to hear his thoughts about the state of the pandemic in Ontario.

Read more on the Queen's Gazette website...


Math and Engineering student takes third prize at CEC

Joseph Grosso (Mathematics and Engineering)

April 4th, 2020

Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science students placed third in the prestigious 2020 Canadian Engineering Competition, which took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba in March. The national competition brings together over 200 undergraduate engineering students across Canada to compete in eight categories that challenge them to solve complex problems.

The annual competition is by invitation only, with selected teams having to first win their school competition and achieve a top performance at a regional competition. The team of Andrew Fryer (Computer Engineering), Andrew Farley (Computer Engineering), Joseph Grosso (Mathematics and Engineering) and Kyle Singer (Engineering Physics) won the Queen’s Engineering Competition and placed second at the Ontario Engineering Competition to qualify.

Read more on the FEAS website...


2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, February 7th, 2020

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics anticipates having several undergraduate research assistantship positions, including some through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards* program, available for the summer of 2020. 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 the deadline:

  • 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 2019 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 2020. 

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


Floer Homology Bootcamp and the Coxeter Lectures - Fields Institute

December 2nd-6th, 2019

On Dec. 2-6, we are organizing a Floer Homology Bootcamp. The goal of this workshop is to reinforce the Coxeter lectures ( which will be presented by Kenji Fukaya during the same week. 

The Coxeter lectures will be on MWF afternoon. In the morning of Mon~Thu we will have introductory talks on Floer theory and in the afternoon of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning we will have research talks related to the topic.

More information can be found on our webpage: 

You can register through the link above. We are expected to have a limited funding available for participants. If you are very interested to attend but have questions concerning funding, please let us know.


Grand opening of the Professor A. John Coleman Undergrad Lounge

A. John Coleman
A. John Coleman

November 1st, 2019

The Professor A. John Coleman Undergraduate Lounge is now open!

Located in: Jeffery Hall, Rm. 220

The inspiration and major donor behind this project is Tom Higgins, Artsci’79. Tom discovered a love of math early in life. As a young boy, he spent many summers at his family cottage with his uncle, a professor at MIT. “He showed me that math is everywhere. And he made it fun, so I really didn’t need much encouragement to pursue it.” 

James A. Mingo, Head Department of Math & Stats

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Queen's grad students organizing a Directed Reading Program

Directed Reading Program

September 20th, 2019

The graduate students of Queens are organizing a Directed Reading Program. In the program undergraduate students will be paired with a graduate or post doc mentor to research a topic over the semester. The pair will meet weekly until the end of semester where all the participants will gather to talk about what they studied and to enjoy some free pizza.

Interested students are encouraged to check out the website:
which has a list of mentors and their research interests, as well as some possible topics. Topics will be catered to the students interest and skill level so all are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday September 20th.


Queen's Math & Stats Professors receive research awards

Bahman Gharesifard and Felicia Magpantay
Left to right: Bahman Gharesifard, Felicia Magpantay

August 20th, 2019

Felicia Magpantay was awarded $150,000 in the latest round of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps exceptional researchers at universities across the country conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their fields.

Read more: Queen's Gazette

Bahman Gharesifard has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Bahman will visit the University of Stuttgart as part of his sabbatical.

The Humboldt Research Fellowships enable highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad, who completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago to spend extended periods of research in Germany.

Read more: Humboldt Foundation


MathQuest - Math Camp for Girls

Math Quest Camp for Girls

August 19th-22nd, 2019

Math Quest is a mathematics camp for high school girls interested in math and science who have curiosity for exploring new ideas.  With a focus on problem solving, our hands-on activities are led by female mathematicians, statisticians and physicists.  Girls must be entering grade 9 or returning to high school for September 2019.  This residential camp includes all meals and 3 nights in residence (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights) and has programing continuing into the evening.  Day campers are also welcome and attend from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. Snacks and materials are provided including a different CMS math camp t-shirt each summer. A limited number of bursaries are available to assist campers with financial need.