Workshop: Electronic Thesis Submission & Authors’ Rights

Learn about electronic thesis formatting and submission on Thurs, Nov 29 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the OISE Library.

You can also hear about authors’ rights and copyright issues before and after the workshop.

More info and registration info:


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,



ELWS WORKSHOP REMINDER: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal

Graduate students write many proposals—federal grant proposals, travel grant proposals, thesis proposals—and every proposal has a potentially significant impact on a student’s ability to carry out specific research. This workshop provides an overview of proposal writing designed to get students thinking about the demands of, and the predictable variations in, this important genre of writing. We will examine the similarities and differences between thesis and grant proposals, consider the main questions that most proposals must answer, and see examples of answers to those questions in successful proposals. We will also consider common pitfalls in proposal writing, and strategies for getting started on writing a proposal.

Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman

Place and Time: Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Koffler House, 569 Spadina Avenue, Room 108

This free workshop is presented by the School of Graduate Studies’ Office of English Language and Writing Support and requires no prior registration to attend.

ELWS REGISTRATION REMINDER: Registration for our next session opens on October 9th at 10:00 a.m. Full information can be found at our website:

A complete list of all of our workshops and course offerings is always posted on our website:

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Office of English Language and Writing Support

School of Graduate Studies

University of Toronto

63 St. George Street, Room 307

Toronto, ON  M5S 2Z9


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Academic Success Strategies for Graduate International Students

Join the School of Graduate Studies and the Centre for International Experience on Wednesday, October 24th for this panel presentation and social. You will learn academic strategies and connect with important resources and people to help you get through your first semester and beyond successfully! Stay for an opportunity to socialize with the panelists, meet fellow grad students, and members from the Graduate Students’ Union afterward to continue the discussion, meet new people and learn more about graduate student life at the University of Toronto.

Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street (NE corner of Spadina and Harbord)

Space is limited, so register today at:


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In the Fall 2012 the Simons Center will be hosting a Graduate Workshop on Symplectic and Contact Topology. The workshop will be organized by Drs. Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia) and Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford), and will be held from October 15 – 19, 2012 at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

This workshop is open for applications, and we encourage all to apply to attend, and for financial/travel assistance. Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone you feel may be of interest. To apply to this workshop, please click here:

This graduate student workshop will be associated with the program in Symplectic Topology at the Center during the Fall of 2012. The workshop will be organized by Yakov Eliashberg and Mohammed Abouzaid (both in residence at the Center for the Fall semester). There have been tremendous advances in Symplectic Topology and Contact Topology over the last 10 years with the introduction of Floer theory and symplectic field theory. Symplectic (co)homology is one of the simplest invariants to arise out of these deveopments, and has, since its introduction, been responsible for several breakthroughs in symplectic topology (construction of exotic symplectic structures and study of Lagrangian embedding), contact dynamics (Weinstein conjecture on the existence of Reeb orbits) and mirror symmetry (construction of mirrors of Lie group action). The goal of this workshop is to introduce graduate students to developments in the study of the symplectic topology of Stein manifolds via pseudo-h olomorphic curves, with a focus on symplectic cohomology. The first part of the workshop will consist of student lectures about the basics of holomorphic curves and Floer homology, culminating in the construction of symplectic cohomology, and its computation in the simplest examples. These lectures will be followed by lectures by the organizers and others senior mathematicians in residence who will provide perspective on the applications of the theory, and its interaction with related mathematical fields.

For more information, please see our website link:


Dear Mathematics Graduate and Postgraduate staff,

On Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, the IHPST is running a workshop entitled: “Cultures in Mathematics” with the University of Toronto’s Prof. James Brown as the keynote speaker. I am organising that workshop, and based on our registrations so far, we have space for a few more bodies. Graduate students and postdoc fellows in mathematics, as well as history, philosophy and sociology of science, are welcome to attend. However, they will need to register with me by Friday morning so that I can arrange catering by the evening. Please forward this invite to those whom you believe might be interested to attend the workshop. Interested participants can register by emailing me at

A link to the workshop can be found here:

Sincerely, Josipa Petrunic

– Josipa Petrunic, Ph.D.
SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
University of Toronto

MITACS STEP – Communication Skills Workshops

May 19, 2012 • Reply to Lino Defacendis

Registration is now open. Please forward this announcement to the graduate students and postdocs in your network.  Thank you in advance!

What’s Mitacs Step?

  • Program provides graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to build on their professional and transferrable skill sets.
  • Opportunities are open to all past, present and prospective graduate students and postdocs.

Why should you Attend?

  • Strengthen your working relationships, increase your ability to connect with industry, improve research results and impact.
  • Access to industry recognized expertise.

Materials, Breakfast basics, and Lunch provided!

Mississauga Campus – Wednesday June 13, 2012

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Registration 8:00am SHARP)

Where: CCT Building, Room 2134


Scarborough Campus – Thursday June 14, 2012

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Registration 8:00am SHARP)

Where: Social Science Building, Room MW 130


St. George Campus – Friday June 15, 2012

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm (Registration 8:30am SHARP)

Where: 66 Harbord Street (on the NE corner of Harbord and Spadina), Grad Room

*Please note:

  • A valid credit card is REQUIRED to complete and secure your registration.
  • There is a $50.00 charge for no-shows and late cancellations, otherwise, the workshops are FREE
  • You have 5 calendar days prior to the scheduled workshop to modify or cancel your registration at no penalty.
  • Pending availability and the discretion of the Program Specialist, limited funding is available for travel and accommodation for participants coming from universities outside of the region where the workshop is being held. You MUST first register, then request travel funding, only those registered for a workshop are eligible for travel funding!

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Mitacs Step workshops or would like more information on the program in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hope to see you there!  For more information on Mitacs please visit

Mitacs gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of Ontario.

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From: Centro De Giorgi <>
Date: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM
Subject: Geometry, Structure and Randomness in Combinatorics — Pisa, 3-7 September 2012
To: Centro Ricerca Matematica <>

Call For Participation

Workshop: Geometry, Structure and Randomness in Combinatorics

Pisa, 3-7 September 2012, Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi

Collegio Puteano, Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 3
I-56100 PISA
fax: 050/509177

This workshop is organized by Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi of Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, jointly with the Center for Discrete Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Applications (DIMATIA) of Charles University and with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

Its aim is to reflect some key recent advances in combinatorics,and to demonstrate the broad spectrum of techniques and its relationship to other fields of mathematics, particularly to geometry, logic and number theory.

The invited speakers include: Imre Barany, Bela Bollobas, Maria Chudnovsky, Zeev Dvir, Zoltan Furedi, Patrice Ossona de Mendez, Alex Scott, Micha Sharir, Jozsef Solymosi, Endre Szemeredi
and Luca Trevisan.

The up to date list of invited speakers is available at the following URL:

Support for young researchers and students is available.
In order to apply for financial support, please send: your curriculum vitae, your publication list,
and a recommendation letter, to the address: The deadline for financial support request is 15/07/2012

There are no registration fees to attend the Centre’s activities, and anyone with an interest in the programme
is warmly invited to participate at any stage. Registration is required via the web interface at

The workshop is partially supported by INdAM, DIMATIA and CNR (Institute for Informatics and Telematics)

Organizing Committee:
Jaroslav Nesetril (Charles University, Prague), Marco Pellegrini (CNR, Pisa), Jiri Matousek (Charles University, Prague)

Scuola Normale Superiore
Centro di Ricerca Matematica
Ennio De Giorgi
Palazzo Puteano
Piazza dei Cavalieri 3
56100 PISA
fax +39 050 509177

Mathematical Modeling in Industry: A workshop for graduate students

Date: June 18, 2012 - June 27, 2012

Location: University of Calgary

Projects and Industry Mentors: 

There will be 7 teams participating in the workshop.

1) Dr. Izhak Baharav (Corning Inc)

2) Dr. Efrossini Tsouchnika (Siemens AG)

3) Dr. Jon Downton (Hampson-Russell Software & Services, A CGGVeritas Company)

4) Dr. Anthony Kearsley (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

5) Dr. Laura Lurati (Boeing)

6) Dr. Steve Jiang (Center for Advanced Radiotherapy Technologies, University of California- San Diego)

7) Dr. Hu Zhang (Royal Bank of Canada)


1) Touch Sensing, Silhouettes, and "Polygons-of-Uncertainty"

2) Validation of Service Concepts for Oil Drilling by Simulation

3) Azimuthal Elastic Inversion for Fracture Characterization

4) Identifying Sugars

5) Multi-Objective Design of a Fuel Tank

6) Interactive Treatment Planning in Cancer Radiotherapy

7) Valuation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives with Collateralization

For abstracts and talk materials please see the IMA Project Abstracts.


The IMA, in collaboration with PIMS, is holding a 10-day workshop on
Mathematical Modeling in Industry in Calgary, Canada. The workshop is
designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced
undergraduates with firsthand experience in industrial research.


Students will work in teams of up to 6 under the guidance of a mentor
from industry. The mentor will help guide the students in the modeling
process, analysis and computational work associated with a real-world
industrial problem. A progress report from each team will be scheduled
during the period. In addition, each team will be expected to make an
oral final presentation and submit a written report at the end of the
10-day period.

How to Apply:

Students interested in applying should consult the IMA project descriptions then
apply using the IMA application template.

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From: cara <>
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Summer 2012: Workshop in Analysis and Probability

Workshop in Analysis and Probability
Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University
Summer 2012

The Summer 2012 Workshop in Analysis and  Probability at Texas A&M University will be in session from July 2  until August 10, 2012.  For information about the Workshop, consult the Workshop Home Page, whose NEW URL is

The Informal Regional Functional Analysis Seminar (SUMIRFAS) will be held August 3-5.

July 16 – 19 there will be a Concentration Week on “Frame Theory and Maps Between Operator Algebras”,
organized by Chris Heil, Emily J. King (chair), Keri Kornelson, David Larson (local organizer), and Darrin Speegle.  A researcher working in frame theory will naturally be led to consider matrices (the Gram matrix, the analysis operator and the synthesis operator), and many problems in frame theory have a re-casting in operator theory.  The most celebrated example of this is the Kadison-Singer problem.  By now, there are many mathematicians familiar with the basics of the two areas, and there is a fruitful collaboration.  Less obvious is the relationship between frame theory and maps between operator algebras.  Very recent work in this area by Han, Larson, Lu, and Lu indicate that this may be a relationship that is ripe for exploiting.  The goal of this concentration week is to bring together researchers in these two fields so that they may learn from one another and build networks of potential collaborators.  There will be introductory series of talks on “Frame theory” by Ole Christensen, on “Maps on Operator Algebras” by Vern Paulsen, and on “Bridging the Gap Between Frame Theory and Maps on Operator Algebras” by Deguang Han.  This concentration week will also lead into a separate conference on the following weekend celebrating the 70th birthday of David Larson. The home page for this Workshop is at

August 6-10 there will be a Concentration Week on “Recent advances in Harmonic Analysis and Spectral Theory”,
organized by Andrew Comech, David Damanik, Constanze Liaw (chair), and Alexei Poltoratski.  This CW is designed to bring together two  groups of experts: those specializing in complex and harmonic analysis and those working in spectral theory of differential operators and mathematical physics. The main goals of the CW are to study new relationships and to widen further participation in this area in the United States. Introductory series of lectures by Stephen Gustafson, Svetlana Jitomirskaya (to be confirmed), Helge Krueger, and Brett Wick are planned to acquaint non-experts with these topics with the reasonable expectation that some the  participants in the larger Workshop will be attracted to this program and inject new ideas into the area.
The home page for this Workshop is at

The Workshop is supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Minorities, women, graduate students, and young researchers are especially encouraged to attend.

For logistical support, including requests for support, please contact Cara Barton <>.  For more information on the Workshop itself, please contact William Johnson <>, David Kerr <>, or Gilles Pisier <>.

For information about the Concentration Week on “Frame Theory and Maps Between Operator Algebras” contact Emily King <>

For information about the Concentration Week on “Recent advances in Harmonic Analysis and Spectral Theory” contact Constanze Liaw <>

Cara Barton
Program Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843
979-845-2915 (office)
979-845-7554 (department)
979-845-6028 (fax)