Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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".