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All-female Engineering Student Team nets Top Prize

All-female Engineering Student Team nets Top Prize at Project Management Conference
From left to right: Sarah de Lazzari, Tiffanie Bankosky, Serena Corscadden,
Kathryn Instrum

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Engineering students Tiffanie Bankosky, Serena Corscadden, Sarah de Lazzari and Kathryn Instrum arrived at the 2018 International Project Management Day in Toronto ready for most things. They came to compete in a paper competition for project management professionals and students. But they weren’t quite ready for the first question they were asked on arriving at the venue…“are you sure you’re in the right place?”

By the end of the day they had answered with a resounding “yes”, beating out other students and professionals to take the 2018 prize. Their team was the youngest in the competition.

Their journey began at the Bader International Study Centre, where all 4 took a course in Global Project Management last summer. The intensive course teaches the principles of project management and challenges students to think about how engineering operates within global cultures. The 4 students – Tiffanie from Engineering Physics, Serena and Kathryn from Math and Engineering, and Sarah from Mechanical Engineering – worked as a team to examine lessons learned from the clean up of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The course sparked their interest in project management, and the team submitted a paper to the project management paper competition.

At the November 1 conference in Toronto, they presented their paper to an audience of project management professionals - a somewhat daunting task. They credit preparation and open communication within the team as keys to their success. During the question period at the end of their presentation, they trusted the research they had done, and gauged the right depth of answer by watching other teams. Humour helped them connect with the audience. Asked about their recollection of the 2010 tragedy, Tiffanie pointed out that she had only been 10 when it happened!

The team’s astute analysis of the failings around the clean up, and their assured presentation style, earned them a $2,000 prize as well as valuable opportunities to meet people working in project management. The team highly recommend BISC and the global project management course to other students. While in the UK they were introduced to recruiters at prominent companies like Hatch and Goldman Sachs. They also appreciated the chance to work closely with professors in small classes.

The summer experience and the competition have been some of the highlights of these students’ experiences, along with being an orientation leader and enjoying challenging academic programs. They hope that their success will inspire girls to try engineering, where they are thriving.


Talk on Symmetries for Undergrads - given by Catherine Pfaff (Queen's)

Catherine Pfaff (Queen's University)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Catherine Pfaff (Queen's University)

Title: Symmetries, Outer Space, & the Outer Automorphism Group of the Free Group.

Abstract: The symmetries of a polygon form a group. This group acts on the polygon by rotating it and flipping it. This basic idea of studying a group as symmetries of an object extends far beyond polygons. My favorite group is the outer automorphism group of the free group. Through a myriad of colorful pictures I will introduce this group and the object, Culler-Vogtmann Outer Space, that it acts on. No advanced mathematical knowledge will be assumed & of course we will also play with doughnuts!


Math & Stats Homecoming Reception - October 20th 2018

Math & Stats Alumni Homecoming

October 20th, 2018

Math & Stats Homecoming Reception

Time & Place: 10:30am-12:00pm | Jeffery Hall

Welcome home to the Math and Statistics Department! We invite all alumni who will be in Kingston for homecoming to join us at a reception in the lobby of Jeffery Hall on Saturday 20 October from 10.30am-12.00pm


Six Undergraduate students attend CUMC 2018

October 18th, 2018

Six Undergraduate students attend CUMC 2018

Last summer, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics supported 6 undergraduate students to attend the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) in Saskatoon. The department is committed to encouraging undergraduate research. By providing financial support we made it possible for students to attend the conference, where they made connections and were inspired by fellow math students from across Canada. They are now part of a committed group of Queen’s students who are bringing CUMC 2019 to Queen's!

Lily Summers

CUMC 2018

From left to right:
Riley Becker, Lily Summers, Fernando Camacho-Cadena, Troy Giorshev,
Chelsea Crocker, Matthew Spragge

Lily Summers - Statistics Major '19

"This past summer I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had throughout my undergraduate degree. This conference gave me the opportunity to meet new people from across the country visiting from multiple universities. I’ve developed unique connections with these people through our mutual interest in Math and Stats. These new connections to other students and academics would not have been made if I hadn’t attended the conference. It was incredible to experience a different learning environment while also being able to discuss different topics such as Gender and Diversity in this applied science. I’ve learnt a lot from this experience and I encourage others to try to attend next year’s CUMC which will be hosted here at Queen’s U".

Fernando Camacho-Cadena

Fernando Camacho-Cadena - 4th year Apple Math

"Giving a talk with Troy about our summer research at the conference was a great experience. We had a small audience, which gave the talk a very relaxed feel. This was true for the conference, making the focus of the event a get together of people passionate about math. Going to other student talks was also very interesting, not only due to their content, but also because learning new material from peers is not something that we experience during the degree".

Troy Giorshev

Troy Giorshev - 3rd year Apple Math

"Attending CUMC was an incredible experience. From discussions with students and members of academia and industry, to giving my own presentation, I grew as a student of mathematics in a truly unique way. It was great to listen to other students present. I could tell how passionate everyone was, and it inspired me to continue my own explorations in mathematics. As well, the conference gave me an opportunity to talk with brilliant people from all across Canada, giving each other our different perspectives and experiences in a casual, accepting environment. On top of the student talks, there were valuable presentations given from both professors in academia and members of industry, enriching the overall experience. I would highly recommend the conference to anyone in the mathematical sciences, or really anyone with any interest in math!".

Chelsea Crocker

Chelsea Crocker - 4th year Math Major

"I have been honoured with the opportunity of being able to attend the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference this past summer. The conference’s main goal was to bring undergraduate math students from across Canada together in a supportive environment. The bulk of the conference involved fellow undergraduate students giving talks on different math topics. I found it extremely inspiring meeting other young mathematicians like myself and to learn about new things from them. I think CUMC is important because there is no other event of its kind for undergraduate math students. It fosters such a positive environment and encourages students to keep continuing with mathematics".

Matthew Spragge

Matthew Spragge - 3rd year Math Major

"Attending the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) at the University of Saskatchewan this past July was an incredible experience that I was fortunate enough to be able to share with an outstanding group of people. The week was not only full of interesting mathematics, but there were a variety of social events where I met a great deal other math student from all across Canada. I think the fact that so many different people are brought together for a week every year to share their current fascinations with mathematics and build relationships with their peers in the math community is what makes the CUMC so special".


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.

Courtesy of CNN:


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.

Courtesy of Limestone District School Board: