Add/drop deadline: winter 2013

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a pleasant holiday. 

The absolute deadline to request winter term courses on Rosi is

Monday, January 21, 2013

I ask that all students follow up with an add/drop form so that I
can approve your selection.

A hard copy of the form is available in the mailroom. An e-copy is
available at

The next important deadline to be reminded of is the drop deadline:

Monday, February 25, 2013

The deadlines above are absolute and any changes after these dates
will require approval by the School of Graduate Studies.  I'll be
sending a reminder closer to the drop deadline date.

Master's students will enrol in their master's projects in the summer
semester.  I'll inform you of deadlines later.

2013-14 Mackenzie King Scholarships

Student Application Deadline to SGS: Friday, February 1, 2013


There are 2 types of Mackenzie King Scholarships:  the “Open” Scholarship and the “Travelling” Scholarship. Both were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies.


Mackenzie King “Open” Scholarship

Open to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.  One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been approximately $9000 but it is subject to change.

Mackenzie King “Travelling” Scholarship

Open to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations.  Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount are subject to change.


Eligibility (complete program details are available on the website)

Selection criteria is based on high academic achievement (typically an A average), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration will also be given to the applicant’s proposed program of study.


Application Procedure:

All applicants must complete the official application form attached with this announcement, or available at:

Application Package for both scholarships:

·      Completed and signed application form

·      Sheet A – information on academic achievements and experience

·      Sheet B – Personal statement

  • Certified copies of transcripts from all universities attended (ROSI transcripts are not acceptable). Certified photocopies International transcripts may be made at the Graduate Unit and submitted with the application.

·      3 Letters of reference Total:

o   Two letters from:

§  person under whom the applicant has taken major work at university and is able to give a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study

§  senior colleague with whom the applicant has been associated in academic teaching/research and is able to give a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study

o   And one letter from:

§  from a person who can ascribe to the same descriptions above or at least has intimate knowledge of the applicant’s record and ability and is able to give a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study

Each reference letter must clearly state the name and contact information of the referee and must also be signed by the referee; the referee must also seal the letter and sign across the seal


Where to Apply

Students apply directly to the School of Graduate Studies. In order to avoid the loss or misplacement of documents, applicants must assemble the entire application package and submit it themselves in hardcopy to the Graduate Awards Office no later than 4pm on Friday, February 1st, 2013.


Important Notes

  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that the complete and accurate application package is submitted by the GAO deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be entered in to the competition and applicants will not be notified of any missing documentation. Applications and/or documentation that is sent directly to the Board administering these scholarships will not be considered in the competition.



All applicants will be notified in March as to whether or not their application will be forwarded on to the national competition (UofT may nominate 2 individuals for the “Open” Scholarship and 2 individuals for the “Travelling” Scholarship).


Decisions regarding the national competition are usually announced by the end of May.



For more information, please visit or email:


Katie Lindeman
Awards Officer (Federal)
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto
63 St. George Street, Room 202
Toronto, ON M5S 2Z9
P: 416-978-8260  F:">


Math Kangaroo Online Tutor

Math Kangaroo Online Tutor

Math Kangaroo Canada is seeking an Online Training Instructor(s) for their 2013 competition. This position will require someone with skills in mathematics training to students in grades 2 – 12. The ideal candidate will posses skills in organizing and presenting training materials and previous experience with mathematics competitions is an asset. Candidates must also have strong skills in computers and online technologies; previous experience with online courses is also an asset but is not required as training will be provided. The successful candidate must be available to lead training sessions on February 23rd, 24th, March 9th and 10th in either Edmonton or Toronto. All applicants will also be required to be present for an interview at one of these two cities.

Interested applicants should apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to by November 30th, 2012. Please state in your cover letter which location you are able to attend an interview in (Edmonton or Toronto). Only selected candidates will be contacted.

We are looking for both French and English instructors (or bilingual).

We thank you for your interest!


Last Call – MSRI Summer Schools – immediate response required

Please respond immediately if you have not yet indicated an interest in being considered for the summer schools listed below.

Please also note that the school that was not yet finalized in the last e-mail,

July 29, 2013 to August 9, 2013
Mathematical General Relativity in Cortona, Italy
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will only consider students at US institutions.

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM, Ida Bulat <> wrote:


To: All graduate students

Re: 2013 MSRI Summer Graduate Schools



Students must be nominated by the department to be able to participate in the following workshops. As U of T is a full-level academic sponsor of MSRI, the department can nominate two students per summer and a third if at least one of them is female or from a group that is underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. If you wish to be considered for nomination, please provide Ida with the following information as soon as possible:

Your Name:

Your supervisor’s name (if you have one):

Your e-mail address:

Summer School Name:

Short Justification as to why attending the summer school is good for your program of study:


This coming summer MSRI is hosting three summer graduate schools in Berkeley, CA and co-sponsoring two* additional schools at off-site locations:

Algebraic Topology June 17 – 28, 2013 at MSRI

Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 201 Physics and Mathematics of Link Homology June 24 – July 5, 2013 in Montréal, Canada

IAS/PCMI Summer 2013: Geometric Analysis June 30 – July 20, 2013 in Park City, Utah

New Geometric Techniques in Number Theory July 1 – 12, 2013 at MSRI

Introduction to the Mathematics of Seismic Imaging July 29 – August 9, 2013 at MSRI

* There is a strong possibility that we will be offering one additional international summer school. We will send you more information when we receive confirmation.


Exam Jam Session

Dear Instructor/Graduate/Teaching Assistant:


We invite individuals to participate in an Exam Jam session on December 6, 2012


See the following excerpt taken from an advertisement of the event

EXAM JAM EXCERPT– Thursday, December 6th – Sidney Smith Hall

  • a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Arts & Science Students’ Union (ASSU) created to supplement existing academic and non-academic support programming


  • the event incorporates a mix of programming: review sessions for students to engage in course material as well as health-minded study breaks, exam-related study skills seminars, stress reduction sessions, and physical activity sessions; plus free healthy snacks!
  • If instructors have already planned their own review session, we have offered to advertise that as well.
  • we hope that with faculty members’ participation, students will come for the academic review component and while here, get exposed to the many resources offered at U of T that will benefit them during the stressful study/exam period.



If you would like more information you may contact Jane Seto, Executive Assistant (ASSU). Telephone 416.978.4903 or e-mail



Response date

Let me know the course you would like to execute the review for and room arrangements will be made via the Faculty Office.


Deadline: November 5, 2012


We are particularly interested in individuals for first and second year courses.


Best Regards,



Deadline to drop courses: October 29, 2012

Please note that this MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 is the 


to drop courses on ROSI.  Please also follow up with an add/drop
form, available on the counter in the mailroom.

Please note too that I will be away from the office from

Monday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 21, inclusive.

If you need to see me about scheduling PhD thesis exams, please
do so before I leave.  Jemima in the main office will be around
for any other assistance you may require.



Poster Session at the CMS Winter Meeting – deadline Oct. 31st


Canadian Mathematical Society and its Student Committee are inviting everyone to present their posters at the CMS Winter meeting in Montreal.

The AARMS-CMS Student Poster Session will take place on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. Everyone is encouraged to present a poster on a topic of their choice in either English or French. Presenters are asked to give a short (~3-5min) informal presentation to the judges; based on the content, organization, and presentation, the judges will choose the top 3 winners. Each winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the banquet on December 9th as well as $100 and a framed award certificate.

Check out or for more information and to register. Deadline is October 31st.

You can follow this and other Studc’s projects by liking us on Facebook:


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Azrieli Fellows Program – postdoctoral opportunities in Israel

The Azrieli Fellows Program welcomes the best and brightest postdoctoral
scholars who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in Israel.  The
time candidates spend conducting research in Israel will provide them
with valuable tools to realize their professional goals through
collaborative association with Israel's world-class academic
institutions and researchers.

The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
Candidates are assessed on their potential to make cutting-edge
contributions to their respective fields.  Aspects of personal
merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration
without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or age.


The Azrieli Fellows Program is currently open to scholars in any
field of study who are:

- at the postdoctoral level,
- Canadian citizens or who have completed their doctorate at a
  Canadian university,
- able to obtain an academic sponsor who is a faculty member at 
  one of the seven participating Israeli academic institutions

Participating Israeli Institutions:
Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, Technion-Israel Institute
of Technology, Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, University of Haifa, Weizmann Institute of Science

For more information and to apply, please visit the website at

The deadline is November 1, 2012.
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SGS Conference Grant


The SGS Conference Grant is intended to encourage eligible students to present their research at a regional, national or international conference or equivalent academic event.

Competition Timing (fall 2012 and winter 2013)

Applicants are encouraged to apply even if they have not received confirmation of their participation in a conference at the time of application.


The fall 2012 SGS Conference Grant: The application will be available on-line from Oct.1st to Oct.12th. This competition is intended to support conferences that are scheduled to take place between  September 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013.


The winter 2013 SGS Conference Grant: The competition will be announced in February and is intended to support conferences that are scheduled to take place between March 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013. 

Fall 2012 Deadlines:

·         October 1st Application opens to students and Supervisors/Advisors

·         October 12th Application closes to students

·         October 19th Application closes to Supervisors


The value of the SGS Conference Grant is based on the costs associated with: 1) the event’s registration fee (at the student-rate) 2) the location of the event. Transportation, accommodation and other related expenses are not taken into consideration. This grant is not intended to be the principal source of funding – applicants are expected to seek funding from other sources and must list other resources they are anticipating will supplement their conference travel and attendance. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the early stage of their academic program, have not previously attended a conference during their current program and/or who have not previously received an SGS Conference Grant. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Doctoral-stream (i.e. M.A., M.A.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (including flexible-time option Ph.D.)) or in a professional master’s program leading to a doctoral degree or in a professional doctoral program (S.J.D., D.M.A., Ed.D.)
  • Registered full-time at the time of application
  • Registered full time at the time of conference attendance and collection of payment
  • An active participant (e.g. speaker, poster presenter, member of a panel or round table) in a conference or other academic meeting relevant to their academic program
  • In good standing as defined by their graduate unit


The SGS Conference Grant application is only available online and is accessible from the SGS Website. Both the applicant and the Supervisor/Advisor will be required to enter their UTORid and password in order to access the application.


Applicants will be asked for the following information:

·         Supervisor/Advisor contact information

·         Details of the conference or academic event (title, location, registration fee at the student-rate, URL)

·         Details regarding the presentation of research (title, etc.)

·         Previous conferences in which they have presented their research during their current program

·         Potential other sources of funding that may be available to support their conference attendance



Successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive notification at their U of T email-address in early-November 2012 regarding the result of their application.


Payment to Successful Applicants

Successful applicants are required to submit the following documentation to initiate payment of the grant:

·         Proof of conference registration payment (e.g. receipt)

·         Proof of conference attendance and active involvement (e.g. link to online programme listing applicant’s name)

·         Payment Activation Form


For questions regarding this competition, visit the SGS Website or email us at

Best Regards,


Tara Lock
Awards Officer, Internal
Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto
Room 202 – 63 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2Z9
Tel:  (416) 978-2386

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2013-14 NSERC PGS Competition


- citizenship restrictions: must be Canadian citizen or
Canadian permanent resident
- other eligibility requirements are listed at
- there are two levels of awards: PGS-M and PGS-D; please review the above link carefully
for which to apply

NSERC Video Tutorial for Students:

Application is completed on-line:


Step by Step Application Instructions:

- Students must order official updated transcripts from any university
they have attended in North America, including U of T transcripts for this
semester even if no grades are showing.  Students can hand-deliver the
sealed transcripts to the math graduate office by Wednesday, October 10,
or request the transcript to be mailed directly to the unit by the deadline.  

- For students who took U of T courses in summer 2012, please wait till after 
September 26th to order your transcript. Your summer grades will not appear
on a transcript before then.

- The Math University Designate who will upload the transcript(s)
is Ida Bulat,

- Two reference reports on student are required.  Referees will be
sent notification regarding the request for a reference.
They must complete their reports on-line and must do so by
the October 10th deadline.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ida.
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