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Engineering & Technology Fair - October 16-17th 2018

Engineering & Technology Fair 2018

October 16-17th, 2018

Engineering & Technology Fair 2018

Time & Place: 10:30am-3:30pm | Grant Hall

You are invited to attend our Fall Engineering & Technology Fair. This fair offers a venue for undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline to meet with representatives from the engineering & technology sectors. There will also be a skills development zone where you can get your resume reviewed, get help from career advisors and more!

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Woman awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for only third time in history

Donna Strickland

October 2nd, 2018

Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman, the first in 55 years

Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics with Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou. Dr. Strickland’s achievement soars above the recent comments of a CERN scientist demeaning women’s achievements in science.

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Queen's Career Fair - September 25th

Queen's Career Fair

September 25th, 2018

The biggest career fair on campus is coming up on September 25th in the ARC!

NEW THIS YEAR: We're launching our Queen's Best Resumes magazine featuring 20+ BEST resumes from Queen's students! Visit #careerfairqueens to pick up your copy of the magazine on September 25th from 10:30am-3:30pm!

Not sure what to do at a Career Fair? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the fair by taking a guided tour, once you arrive. They run every 30 minutes on September 25th from 10:30-3:30.


Queen's Math alumna recieves Award of Excellence

Limestone District School Board Math Facilitator Kathleen Goslin Hendry

September 19th, 2018

Limestone District School Board Math Facilitator Kathleen Goslin Hendry is the 2018 recipient of the Queen’s University Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

The Teaching Excellence Award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding, teaching, creates innovative learning environments, and supports student success. Recipients support the Faculty’s mission to develop progressive, ethical, competent, and thoughtful leaders in education.

Ms. Goslin Hendry was recently a term adjunct professor for the Intermediate and Senior Math Curriculum Course.

In a congratulatory letter, Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said that support for Ms. Goslin Hendry’s nomination clearly indicates she is a dedicated, engaging teacher and a worthy candidate for the award. “The committee acknowledged the quality of your teaching over the year and were impressed with the quality of the application that contained submissions from other instructors,” wrote Luce-Kapler. “The committee commented on the positive impact you have had on your students.”

The award criteria also recognizes excellence in teaching practice, innovation in teaching and learning, and building a learning community – all characteristics that Ms. Goslin Hendry embodies not only in her teaching at the Faculty of Education but in her daily work with students and fellow educators in Limestone.

LDSB Superintendent of Education Jessica Silver said Ms. Goslin Hendry is a reflective educator with strong interpersonal skills, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge which allows her to work collaboratively with colleagues as a co-learner, and to support the learning of others. “Kathleen has a very creative mind, and a great sense of humour. Her ‘judgement-free’ approach allows for strong relationships to be built with the educators with whom she works.”

As a math facilitator, Ms. Goslin Hendry is responsible for co-planning, co-teaching and co-reflecting with educators in their classrooms around their student work and learning needs. This summer, she coordinated the new Count-on-Me summer program for students entering Grades 4-6 with a goal to develop numeracy and coding skills in an engaging environment.

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Queen's will host the 2019 CUMC Conference

CUMC Queen's University 2019

September 17th, 2018

The Department is thrilled to announce that the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference will be held right here at Queen’s in the summer of 2019!

We are very proud of the motivated and accomplished group of students who worked hard to bring this prestigious event to Queen’s.

I am deeply impressed with our students’ vision, leadership and hard work to bring the Canadian Undergraduate Math Conference to Queen’s.
- Jamie Mingo, Math Department Head

Department Head Jamie Mingo says "We will be honoured to welcome undergraduate students from all over Canada and help undergraduate research to thrive. Congratulations and thanks to all the members of the student planning committee who worked so hard to make the bid a success".

  • Riley Becker - 4th year Apple Math
  • Fernando Camacho-Cadena - 4th year Apple Math 
  • Rebecca Carter - 4th year Math Major
  • Daniel Cloutier - 4th year Math Major
  • Chelsea Crocker - 4th year Math Major
  • Troy Giorshev - 3rd year Apple Math
  • Lena Malizia-Kelly - 3rd year Math Major
  • Katie Pennock - 4th year Math Major
  • Matthew Spragge - 3rd year Math Major
  • Lily Summers - 4th year Stats Major 

Professor Ram Murty recieves 2018 Award for Excellence

M. Ram Murty

September 12th, 2018

Professor Ram Murty has received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

The award confirms what Prof. Murty’s students have long known, that he is an outstanding supervisor. He inspires his graduate students to realize their full potential, and is a supportive and caring mentor. Many congratulations from everyone in the department on this significant achievement.

Professor and Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. M. Ram Murty joined Queen’s more than 20 years ago and has served as Head of Department for eight years. Over the course of his career, he has mentored 26 master’s students, 21 PhD students and more than 23 post-doctoral fellows. The caliber and competence of his guidance is attested by the fact that three of his PhD students received special recognitions for their dissertations: two won the Canadian Mathematical Society doctoral prize for outstanding performance by a doctoral students, and the third received the Governor General Academic Gold Medal for his exceptional doctoral thesis. Dr. Murty’s mentorship enables students to become highly productive researchers, with more than 86 student-authored publications under his supervision.  Prof. Murty’s students benefit from his mathematical knowledge and creativity, and credit him with teaching them how to “live in mathematics” and to love and enjoy their lives as scholars. They also praise the care and dedication that he offers to each of his students, striving to guide them individually and often providing personal advice and support when students face challenges. Dr. Murty’s mentorship has helped his students to go on to have successful careers in academia, industry, and the public sector. Beyond this, Dr. Murty is credited for deeply and positively shaping his students’ lives.

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CSearch - Computing Student Research Conference (Sept. 28-29)

August 29th, 2018

CSearch - The inaugural Computing Student Research Conference

Queen’s University is excited to host CSearch, the inaugural Computing Student Research Conference on September 28th and 29th, 2018. We aim to bring students together to learn about opportunities within Computer Science, gaining insights from professionals within the field, and inspire them to continue innovating.

The conference caters to both graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging the exchange of ideas, and fostering the discovery of new possibilities.

We have over $1000+ available in research prizes, which will be awarded for exceptional posters and presentations!

Those who submit and are accepted to the conference will be reimbursed for conference registration upon arrival.

To submit your projects, follow this link:

We have many wonderful and accomplished speakers. Our speakers include Dr. Imogen Coe, Vik Pant, Alain Chesnais, Lauren Bhagwandat, and Cecil Cheng. The talks touch on a range of topics including Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Game Development, and the importance of diversity within STEM. We have a full itinerary of socials, open houses and hands-on activities to provide a fun and engaging two days.

Come out and present your research in a friendly, creative, and low-pressure atmosphere, or come out enjoy our talks and activities. This is a conference you don't want to miss.

Registration is now open!

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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


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.