I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and
a warm welcome back to returning students.

The following information will pertain to all students, returning and
new, and I hope you all take a moment to read the few items below.

1.  We have a new graduate coordinator.  Prof. Dror Bar-Natan left his post
on August 20 and he has been replaced by Professor Almut Burchard. Her
office is located in Room HU1024, 215 Huron St.  She is easily reachable
after her real analysis core class on MWF at 1 pm.  The class takes
place from MWF 12-1 in BA 6183.

2.  If you have not registered yet through rosi or by completing a
fee deferral form, please see me immediately.

3.  Classes commence on Monday, September 10, 2012.

3.  Enrolment forms (due September 19, 2012), available on-line at


and in hard-copy format in the math mailroom (BA 6290A),
must be completed by ALL students, even students not registering in courses.
For students registering in courses, the course requests are made at
www.rosi.utoronto.ca, followed by submission of the enrolment form
to Ida for course approval.

Please note:

a) if you wish to take a course from another department for degree
credit or non-degree credit, you may need their approval.
To do so, please bring your enrolment form to the other department for their signature
and then return to Ida.

b) if you wish to enrol in an undergraduate course for non-degree credit, please
note that a final grade of less than 70% will be converted to a failing grade for
graduate students. Many undergraduate courses have long waiting lists and it is
suggested you request for such courses as soon as possible.

c) If you need guidance in your selection of courses, please come to see Ida.
There will be a math graduate student orientation session (see further info below)
where faculty members will present their course offerings.

4.  Orientation sessions:

a)  School of Graduate Studies Orientation
    Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

b)   Teaching Assistant Orientation (mandatory for all TA's)
     Friday, September 7, 2012, from 1:00 pm, in BA 1130, 40 St. George Street

c)   Math Graduate Student Orientation
     Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:10 - 6:00 p.m., in BA 6183
     Pizza and cold drinks will be served in the Math Lounge at 3:30 pm.
     A visit to a local pub will take place after this event and a free
     beer for all who attend.
     An itinerary will be available soon.

5.   I will not inundate you with further info at this date but will be in touch
     again with important information.  Your attention to this information will
     be much appreciated.

Thanks and I am looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again soon.
, , ,
Dear All,

Please come!

The Math Department will be holding its annual Graduate Orientation
Session this Monday (September 12) starting at 4PM at Bahen 6183. We will
have some short presentations by various dignitaries, and then a sequence
of mostly 3-minute course descriptions by professors in our department,
with some pizza and pop at 5PM. The anticipated approximate subject to
change tentative schedule will be:

4:10 Introduction by Prof. Kumar Murty, Chair of the Mathematics Department.
4:15 GSU/MGSA representative, Alexander Dahl.
4:20 SGS / Office of Student Life representative, Jennifer Pinker.
4:25 Dror Bar-Natan, Graduate Coordinator (also speaking for Ida Bulat and
     Emile LeBlanc).
4:35 Let's Talk Science representative, Nika Shakiba.

4:40 Prof. Lisa Jeffrey.
4:45 Prof. Man-Duen Choi.
4:48 Prof. Ilia Binder.
4:51 Prof. George Elliott.
4:54 Prof. Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz.

5:00 Pizza and Pop at the Math Lounge.

5:15 Prof. Jim Arthur.
5:18 Prof. Almut Burchard.
5:21 Prof. Florian Herzig.
5:24 Prof. Balint Virag.
5:27 Prof. Boris Khesin.

5:33 Dr. Daniel Moskovich.
5:36 Prof. John Bland.
5:39 Prof. Robert McCann.
5:42 Prof. Michael Yampolsky.

You might think the session will end at 5:45. Past experience suggests that we
will have some delays, and we will actually go on until 6 or maybe even later.


, ,
Please note the upcoming orientation sessions:

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
starts at 8:45 am and ends around 4:00 pm
For more info, please visit http://www.uoft.me/gradorientation
Participation required RSVP

Friday, September 9th, 2011, 2-4 pm
session starts in MP 103, McLennan Physical Labs, 60 St. George St.
Mandatory attendance for all St. George T.A.'s

Monday, September 12th, 2011, 4-6 pm,
in BA 6183, 40 St. George St.
More info to follow

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, 5-6 pm,
in BA 6183, 40 St. George St.
for CUPE 3902, your TA union
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TA  Orientation - Sept. 2011 for Mathematics 

There will be a general orientation session for all Math TAs on
Friday, September 9
2--3PM                MP 103 

Reserve the time:  it is in the McLellan-Physics Bldg.,
on the ground floor, just north of the Math. Dept.

The session is compulsory for all TAs in Mathematics (including the
math courses in Engineering).  It will tentatively include:

- Introduction by the  Undergraduate Coordinator (A. Igelfeld)  < 5min

- Remarks by Ms. Paddy Stamp, University Sexual Harassment Office

- Remarks by a representative of the Office of Student Academic
  Integrity, on cheating and invigilation 

- Remarks by the Writing Instruction TA

- Remarks by  (Associate Chair, Undergraduate)

- Remarks by a CUPE rep.    15 min

Some courses with multiple tutorials have scheduled their first
TA meeting with supervisors, to hand out materials and discuss
course-specific issues, at

3-4 PM the same day. Other supervisors may choose to do the same and
their choices will be announced at the 2 PM session.

Break up by courses:                  Location

    MAT133Y                            MP 102
    MAT135Y                            MP 103
    MAT137Y                            MP 118
  MAT223F&224F                 MP 134  or as will be announced