Math Kangaroo Competition

The Math Kangaroo Competition is once again upon us and we are seeking both volunteers for the competition itself and volunteers and guest speakers for the first March Break Math Camp we are offering.
Further details and the volunteer form can be found here:
We hope to see you there!

Volunteers for Mentorship Program Wanted

Some of you may be aware that in the past the Department of Mathematics has been involved in a mentorship program with high school students.  We would like to continue this program starting in January 2013 and are looking for mentors to be involved.  Student mentees chosen for this program are highly engaged in mathematics and are seeking to expand their knowledge and involvement in mathematics by making connections with those involved in math research.
The time commitment for this is fairly minimal and, with a few exceptions, is based completely on your schedule.  The exceptions to this will be an initial meeting for all involved in the mentorship program in January and a closing meeting in May.  Otherwise you and your mentee would determine a schedule of about once or twice per month to be held on campus based on your schedules.
If you would like more information or if you are interested in participating please email me at by December 21st.  We will be doing pairings in early January with an eye to holding the first meeting with all participants at the end of January.
Thank you all for your time and I hope to have many of you involved in this highly dynamic and beneficial program.

Pamela Brittain
Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
40 St. George St., Room 6290
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4


COMC Markers Needed

We are looking for markers for the 2012 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC). While some math background is helpful markers are NOT required to have a strong math background to help with the marking as answer keys will be provided.

In addition, we do require some strong mathematicians for the more challenging questions on the competition, therefore we are looking for markers from a wide range of backgrounds.

The tests will be marked on Saturday, November 17th and the exact locations will be provided closer to the date, but we will require markers at all three UofT locations (UTM, UTSC and St George), whichever is more convenient.

If you are interested in helping please fill out the form located at: and we will get back to you with further details shortly!

Lets Talk Science is looking for volunteers


Are you excited about science, engineering, or math? Do you want to share your passion with the community? Let’s Talk Science is an outreach program that brings hands-on science to kids around Toronto, and gives you the opportunity to practice teaching, meet students in other departments, and have fun with science! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop and/or perform activities.
For more information, please contact us at, visit our website at, or attend one of our information sessions.
Information session dates:
  • Thursday, September 20th, 12-1:30 in the Red Room, CCBR (160 College St.)
  • Tuesday, September 25th, 12-1:30 in the Grad Room (66 Harbord)
  • Wednesday, September 26th, 12-1:30 in the Grad Room (66 Harbord)
We hope to meet you soon!
Emily, Nika, and Michael
Let’s Talk Science coordinators, U of T St. George Campus

Math Circles – Volunteers needed

The Fields Institute is looking for graduate student volunteers to
work with gifted high school students on Saturday afternoons throughout
this academic year.  

For more information, please visit

It's a very rewarding program and you will either assist a junior 
group (grades 9 and 10) in working on problem sets in a lecture setting,
or work with a senior group (grades 11 and 12) on preparing for competitions.

There is also the opportunity to travel this year to Pennsylvania
for a competition.

If interested, please contact Luke Chang, Manager of Operations, Fields
Institute, at

Please also copy me if you do respond.



Volunteer Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Festival

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Subject: Volunteer Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Festival
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:47:11 -0700
From: <>
I’m writing to let you know about a number of volunteer positions being offered for DREAMERS RENEGADES VISIONARIES: The Glenn Gould Variations in the hope that you will share this information with your students in the Applied Math program.
My colleague Cassandra Silver wrote you in July to let you know about The Glenn Gould Variations, a two-day multidisciplinary festival happening September 22nd and 23rd in Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto. The event includes music performances, dance, film, talks, installations, and displays of technological ingenuity.
Volunteer opportunities include ushering, graphic design, web design, social media, production assistance, talent handling and more. Every role is an opportunity to learn in a professional environment and build on skills that are increasingly useful for every industry.
I have attached an information package for volunteers, including bios of our exciting presenters, a letter and application form for volunteers, and a tentative schedule of The Glenn Gould Variations. Volunteer information is also available online at
Thank you very much for your consideration. I hope to connect with some of your students through our volunteer program in the near future.
Warm regards,
Kathryn Binnersley
Production Assistant
Dreamers Renegades Visionaries: The Glenn Gould Variations
University College, F207
15 Kings College Circle
Toronto ON M5S 3H7

Volunteers wanted-activity related to number theory grades 6-8

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From: Let’s Talk Science U of T- St. George <>
Date: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Subject: All Science Challenge
To: James Colliander <>

Hi Jim,

I hope all is well!
We are running the All Science Challenge in a couple of weeks, and with that a fun house of activities. We are trying to recruit students from different departments to help out with the specific activities, and it would be great to have some from you department! We are also at a bit of a loss to think up a math activity related to number theory for grades 6-8, so any ideas that you or your students can think of would be helpful!
To help us recruit some volunteers to this event, would you mind sending the email below to your grad students?
Let’s Talk Science is looking for volunteers for the All Science Challenge (ASC) on Monday May 28, 2012 at the Hart House.
The ASC is a unique event of Grade 6,7 and 8 students competing in small school based teams. We will need many volunteers to help out with this activity. This is a great and fun event to be a part of as you get to see the brightest students around the Toronto area compete against one another.
Specifically, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to run a math science based activity from 12-2 pm.
For the event we will also need volunteers to be judges, help with registration and other logistic duties. Volunteering for this event can also give you GPS credits.
Topics at the ASC include biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and technology, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, and space sciences.
This is an all day event; however, if you are only available for part of the day (e.g. AM or PM only) you can still volunteer! Please let us know your availability when you reply to this email. We can be reached at
Lunch for volunteers will be provided.
ASC Team

Call for nominations to join CMS Student Committee

The CMS Student Committee is looking for proactive mathematics
students interested in joining the Committee. Joining Studc is an
excellent opportunity to learn the organization of mathematics in
Canada and participate in Committee’s numerous projects, among which
are running student events at semi-annual CMS meetings, producing the
national student publication Notes from the Margin, overseeing the
organization of the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference as
well as supporting local student math conferences and seminars. If you
are interested, or know someone who may be, please visit our web-site for more information.

To apply, please fill in the attached form and e-mail it to us at

The nomination period will be open until April 15th, 2012. Decisions
will be made by May 1st, 2012.

Sincere thanks,
CMS Student Committee

Call for applications: Let’s Talk Science Summer Camp

Dear science and engineering graduate students,

The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at the University of Toronto
St. George campus would like to announce that they will be partnering
with Sandy Lake First Nation to run a science camp in July 2012.
Please see below for more information on the program
and the application process.

Questions should be directed to

Thank you,

Julie Mason and Shannan Grant
Let’s Talk Science Sandy Lake Summer Camp Coordinators

Call for Applications
Let’s Talk Science Sandy Lake Summer Camp 2012
The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at U of T St. George would like to announce that they will be partnering with Sandy Lake First Nation to run a science camp in July 2012. Our first Sandy Lake Summer Camp (2011) was a huge success. A story about last year’s event can be found here
Last summer our major focus was on nutrition and diabetes. This year we have been asked by the community to cover this topic again, however, we have also been asked to include other scientific disciplines/ topics in camp 2012 content. Applications will be open to Let’s Talk Science Volunteers at the St. George Campus, University of Toronto, that are studying under the following disciplines: Earth Sciences (Ecology, Environmental and Botany), Engineering, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and Information Technology.
Two to three volunteers will be chosen to participate in the camp curriculum development and testing and to travel to Sandy Lake for camp implementation. Additional details of what will be expected of successful applications will be included in a meeting that will be schedule by March 15, 2012. Applications are due April 1, 2012 and successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2012. Please submit all applications with signatures intact (as 1 PDF file) to
All applicants interested in travelling to Sandy Lake will be required to:
● Be a registered Let’s Talk Science volunteer. ***The Let’s Talk Science portal system has changed this year so you must be on the most up to date portal.
● Have completed a minimum of 3 outreach activities through Let’s Talk Science between 2009-2012.
● Hold a degree in or are currently studying: Earth Sciences (Ecology, Environmental and Botany), Engineering, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) or Information Technology.
● Have experience working with Aboriginal peoples and/or communities (not mandatory, but desired)
● Have experience working with children (ages 4 +) and youth.
● Submit a letter of intent, updated CV and 2 reference letters. Community/ volunteer reference should make up at least 1 reference.
A separate application process will be outlined for Let’s Talk Science volunteers from disciplines not outlined above who are interested in Toronto-based program planning and implementation support. Notice for this call for applications will be sent out in mid-March.
Please note that volunteer travel is dependent on fundraising, therefore, the final number of volunteers travelling cannot be confirmed at this time.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact us at .


Math Kangaroo International Competition – Volunteers needed

The 2012 Math Kangaroo International Competition (MK) is looking for people to help with this year’s competition.

MK is an open competition for students from grades 2 – 12 who come to the University of Toronto campuses and write the international Math Kangaroo competition.

This year’s competition will take place on Sunday, March 25th and will offer prep-classes on Sunday’s in March.

Currently the following positions are available (multiple people are needed for each position):

You are more than welcome to be involved in more than one position if you would like.

Saturday Prep Assistants
* Sunday, March 4th, 11th and 18th from 12 – 2pm
* Accommodations may be available for those unable to commit to all three sessions but still wishing to assist
* These volunteers are required to help out with prep sessions, assisting students and providing general support

Test Invigilators
* Sunday, March 25th from 9:00am – 1:30pm (attendance for the full time is required)
* This includes set up of the test room, invigilation of the test and collection of papers afterwards.  Invigilators will also be considered “group leaders” for their groups of students.
* Some preparation work before the competition is required (3 – 4 hours) but the schedule for this is highly flexible.

Test Markers
* Sunday, March 25th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
* Marking the tests and compiling the grades

Other positions may come available as we get closer to the date.

Pizza and pop and the eternal gratitude of the department (including certificates) are supplied to all volunteers.  Training will be provided.

If you are interested in being involved or would simply like further information please contact Pamela Brittain (