Master of Financial Insurance Program

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Dear Students,

The MFI Program The Master of Financial Insurance (MFI) is a professional program that provides students with a sophisticated understanding of this complex interaction of the financial and insurance fields. The program contains a comprehensive set of offerings and students gain rigorous training in statistical science, actuarial science and finance. This is a 12-month program with the first and second semesters containing academic courses with course work including substantial group projects. These courses are taught by both industry professionals as well as University of Toronto faculty members. The third and final semester (summer) consolidates the program by students entering a work placement in the finance industry.

For more information, please see: MFI Info Session and Webinar Poster

 

9 new things that you might not know

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A change of scene

Campus is slowly starting to morph into that picturesque fall backdrop we wait for all year. While the leaves are switching their colours, let that inspire you to shake things up this week by trying something new! From cult classics and career conversations to navigating rental repairs, there’s something for everyone on campus this week.

1. Housing: Maintenance & repairs

October 10, 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Facebook Live

It’s important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Learn more about maintenance and repairs of your rental in this online URent session.

2. Redefining the Closet

October 10, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421

Discover Q21: A Conversation Cafe. It’s a weekly opportunity to connect with peers and facilitators on topics related to the LGBTQ+ community.

3. The Rocky Horror Show

Now – October 12, 8 p.m.
Hart House Theatre

Don’t miss this salute to B-movies and sci-fi thrillers! The Rocky Horror Show is an interactive, cult-classic musical that will have you dancing in the aisles.

4. Peer advisor drop-in hours

Daily, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 – 4 p.m.
455 Spadina Avenue, Room 417A

Registered with Accessibility Services? Drop in to discover resources, register for tests and exams, download your Letter of Accommodation and more.

5. Graduate Writing Groups

Daily, various times and locations
Find the space, time and community support that helps you focus on your writing. Grad writing groups help you reach your goals and overcome procrastination.

6. Looking for Lynda?

Learn more today
As a U of T student, you have access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) – an online resource with instructional videos taught by experts.

7. Career Chats

Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Student Success Centre, Room A

Learn new strategies to address your career questions as you talk with career experts and peers who are having similar experiences.

8. Community-focused grant

Apply by October 18
Developing a project focused on community service, community-engaged learning or civic engagement? Apply for a Community-Engaged Initiative Grant!

9. Alternative Reading Week

November 4 – 7
Register today

Volunteer with hundreds of other U of T students as you make meaningful contributions to the community, build relationships and learn more about yourself.

 

The Samuel Beatty Scholarship award

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Dear Students,

Please note that the Samuel Beatty Scholarship Award application web page is now available.

Sincerely,

Undergraduate Office

Department of Mathematics

9 new things that you might not know

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Taking care of YOU

As you settle into the term, remember that there are many supports here on campus and in your community to support you in your personal or academic life. Let’s take a look at them this week and get to know them so well that if you need them, you’ll know exactly where to look. Because you are never alone.

1. Health & Wellness on campus

In the Koffler Student Services Centre
Confidential mental and physical health services are right here on campus. Check out same-day, single-session counselling for issues like exam stress and join us on social media.

2. Good 2 Talk

1-866-925-5454
As a U of T student, you have access to Good 2 Talk – a free, confidential counselling and referral service. Open 24/7/365, you’ll talk to therapists and counsellors who can help you access the support you need.

3. My SSP

1-844-451-9700
Outside North America (001) 416-380-6578

Chat with a counsellor who speaks your language and gets what you’re going through. My SSP is free, confidential support for international students and is available 24/7/365 via phone or online chat.

4. Access your advisor

Are you registered with Accessibility Services? Remember that your advisor is always there for you. Reach out to them for support. Not registered? Learn more about Accessibility Services today.

5. Mindful Moments

Monday – Friday
Various times and locations on campus

Take a well-deserved break with Mindful Moments. Free weekly meditation and yoga sessions across campus will help you feel calm and connected.

6. Sexual violence support

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre helps U of T students, staff and faculty who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment. Access counselling, medical services, legal aid and more.

7. Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and well-being service that’s free for U of T students. No issue is too big or too small – you can get through it with the right help.

8. Study stress

School stress and anxiety can be a real challenge. Meet with a learning strategist or attend a workshop at Academic Success to learn how to manage your workload and your stress.

9. We’re always here

Life is complicated and doesn’t always go as planned. If you’re in distress, we can connect you to the support you need. Talk to someone right now. You are never alone.

9 new things that you might not know

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Falling for autumn

So you’re telling me summer’s over? Not cool. Except… kind of cool. Because let’s face it: there’s a lot to love about fall, including some really great events on campus. So take that jacket out of retirement and learn more about hip hop, volunteer in the community or take a spin around the ice rink. Because it’s #SweaterWeather, folks. Bring on the pumpkin spice.

1. Service animals on campus

Learn more today
U of T has new guidelines on welcoming service animals to campus. Learn more about the rules and regulations today! Woof.

2. Fall Classic Skate

September 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Varsity Arena

Get your skates on! It’s time for a trip around the rink with MoveU. Enjoy free hot chocolate, crafts and skate rentals while supplies last.

3. Get a hip hop education

On now
Hart House

Explore the key principles of hip hop and its importance in our culture. Learn more about inclusion and collaboration as you express yourself artistically.

4. Interfaith Leadership Certificate

Register today
Through this program you’ll spark lifelong curiosity and respect for religious diversity as you learn to better understand diverse faith communities.

5. The Blanket Exercise

October 1, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Hart House, East Common Room

Stand in solidarity with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. The Blanket Exercise is an experience that teaches the history of Indigenous Rights.

6. Note-takers needed

Sign up today
Help students registered with Accessibility Services achieve academic success! Upload your class notes and get CCR validation while you’re at it.

7. Find your Study Hub

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Various locations on campus

Focus and stay on track with Study Hubs! Meet great people and get some that work done with two hours of solid study time.

8. Build that mentorship

Learn more today
Are you working with a student-to-student mentorship program? Check out the Mentorship Leadership Certificate and develop your skills even further.

9. Community Days

Beginning October 2, 4 – 6 p.m.
St. Albans Boys and Girls Club

Take action for social change! Help the CCP support the STARS After School Program through games, sports, arts & crafts and more.

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Settling in

You’re two weeks into the semester and time is flying. You’re developing your routine, figuring out the best route to class and getting settled. But before you get too comfortable, remember to keep shaking things up! Get out there and do something you’ve never done before. Why? Because learning doesn’t stop in the lecture hall. Besides, you can learn how to vogue and that’s pretty much the coolest.

1. Language exchange

Kick-off event: September 19, 5 p.m.
Cumberland House, Cumberland Room
Discover a fun program that lets you practice or learn the basics of a new language, while helping other students do the same.

2. Reading scriptures together

Thursdays, starting September 19, 5:10 p.m.
Trinity College, Divinity Common Room

Participate in a close reading of scripture – over pizza! Make friends and form relationships across faiths. Students from all backgrounds are welcome.

3. Financial aid & literacy

September 20, 4 – 7 p.m.
Student Success Centre

First generation students and their parents/supporters are invited to get info on scholarships, funding, financial counselling, saving plans and more.

4. Conflict resolution

September 23, 2 – 3 p.m.
Student Success Centre, Group Room C

Conflict with your roommate? Learn how to manage conflict in living situations and in the rest of your life at a Housing workshop.

5. Drop-in Vogue Dancing

Wednesdays, 7:10 – 7:55 p.m.
Athletic Centre, Dance Studio

Tell your story through the legendary movement of vogueing. Feel the beat, werq the runway and drop with ferocity at this all-levels dance class.

6. Move with Pride: Queers on Ice

September 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Varsity Centre, Arena

Join a skating session to meet new friends and kick off the school year. Free skate and helmet rentals while supplies last! An instructor will be available.

7. 5 Buck Lunch

September 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hart House, Great Hall

Enjoy a tasty meal and get ready to vote in the upcoming federal election! Get info about the election, learn what you need to do to vote and more.

8. Global scholars & citizens

Get recognized for seeking global understanding through your course work and co-curricular activities! No international travel required.

9. Mental health feedback

September 24, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Galbraith Building, Room GB202

Share your thoughts and feelings about mental health at U of T. Join an in-person, open consultation session – no registration required.

EXCITE Panel Talk

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Dear Students,

It is a pleasure to introduce the EXCITE Panel Talk to you, an event with four C-level UofT alumni speakers. If you have similar questions below, you may want to check the registration link at the bottom:

“I want to change the world, and where should I start?”

“How to find the opportunities and grasp them?”

“What kind of things I can try to make my university life more meaningful?”

When we talk about the future and career pathways, there are moments that we feel lost and need guidance from wise people. At EXCITE Panel Talk (Oct 5th 2-4 p.m.), the questions you concern may be addressed by the speakers. After registering for the event, you will get a link to list out all the questions you have, and we will pass on the information to our speakers. Who are the guest speakers? They are: (following the alphabetical order)

CIO of Apotex Inc. (Largest Canadian owned pharmaceutical company)

Partner of IBM (Leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company)

CEO of ImmunoBiochem (Advocated to unmet medical need in oncology)

Founder of SheEO (fundraising of $4M with 53 ventures)

You can see more details about the event in EXCITE Panel Talk Information Package

Please notice that seats are not guaranteed due to the room capacity. Only first 100 students will get the seat. For registration, you may click here: Excite Panel Talk Registration

If you’d like to learn about this event, you may also check the Facebook page.

Thank you for reading this post, and we wish you all the best!

Faculty of Arts & Science: Recognized Study Group Program

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Dear Students,

We would like to inform you about the Faculty of Arts & Science Recognized Study Group (RSG) program, and to make you aware of the resources you can find in the Sidney Smith Commons. Both initiatives are led by students with guidance from the Office of the Faculty Registrar’s Student Success team.

The Recognized Study Group program is a course-based peer led study group for undergraduate students in Arts & Sciences courses. The Recognized Study Group Program teaches students collaborative learning techniques and assists students with forming study groups in Arts & Science courses.  After much success running the program in 100 and 200 level courses last year, we have expanded in 2019-2020 to include all Arts & Science courses.

Study groups start meeting as soon as possible at the beginning of the term (there usually needs to be one leader and several participants recruited for the group to be effective).  The deadline dates to lead or join a study group for F and Y courses are posted online at: Recognized Study Groups

Benefits to leading or joining a study group:

  • Guaranteed regular study time
  • A better understanding of material by working with peers
  • Meet people in the course/program
  • Gain valuable and transferable skills
  • Access to Faculty of Arts and Science resources and supports
  • Receive Co-Curricular credit

Sidney Smith Commons on the first floor of Sidney Smith Hall is a student-driven community space with:

  • Study space with technology to support your learning
  • Student activities, workshops & events
  • Bookable space for activities and group work
  • Peer-led coaching sessions
  • Study groups

Monday – Thursday 10am-10 pm | Friday 10am-7pm

Learn more by visiting: Sidney Smith Commons

Get Involved: Alternative Reading Week Registration is Open!

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Registration for Alternative Reading Week – (UTSG) November 2019 is open! 

During ARW week, hundreds of U of T students immerse themselves in three days of volunteering on various projects with local community organizations. Students make meaningful contributions, build relationships and learn more about the City of Toronto. ARW is made possible by local community-based organizations; Up to 25 community organizations welcome us to their spaces and communities.

To Register:

First Log in to CLNx then go to this link:  register now for November Alternative Reading Week.

Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference

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Dear Students,

Have you worked on an interesting research project? Are you interested in learning more about research? Do you want to connect with other undergraduates from institutions across southern Ontario and Quebec?

Meet leaders in the mathematical, computer and statistical sciences at the Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference September 27-29. This two-day, free conference is hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. It’s your chance to:

  • Gain experience showcasing your research
  • Get feedback from your peers and faculty in your area of interest
  • Attend workshops, panels and talks by leading researchers
  • Hear about research and graduate studies from current students

We’ll kick off the event with a dinner and panel hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics HeForShe initiative. Throughout Saturday and Sunday morning you’ll enjoy research talks, panels, theme-based workshops, a poster session and time to network.

If you’re entering your 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies and are interested in research in math, statistics or computer science, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to build your CV.

The Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference will propel you into the exciting world of research. Join our mailing list by filling out the short information form so that we can let you know when registration opens in May by visiting uwaterloo.ca/math/undergrad-conference.

For more details on the event, please see: UW Math Undergrad Conference Poster

Results of Undergraduate Mathematics Competition

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To: Faculty Members and Students
From: Ed Barbeau

The nineteenth annual University of Toronto Undergraduate Mathematics Competition was written on Sunday, March 10. I would like to thank Kathleen Smith for looking after invigilation at Scarborough College and Alfonso Gracia-Saz for reviewing the top papers.
Thirty-eight students wrote the competition.

The contest paper along with the solutions can be found at

www.math.utoronto.ca/barbeau/torcontest19.pdf

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Itai Bar-Natan (V Math) and Samuel Li (I Math) tied for first place.

Dmitry Paramonov (IV CSc) placed third.

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I Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order
Richard Chow (III AppMath)
Jennifer Guo (III EngSci)
Chen Yi (I Math)
Yinjun Zheng (I AppMath)

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II Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order)

Rafael Aznar (IV Math)
Tal Brenev
Patrick Chatain (I Math)
Qingyuan Chen (III Math-Ec&Fin)
Steven Chow (I EngSci) Kohava Mendelsohn (IV Math)
Yukai Zhong (I MathPhys)

U of T jumps three spots to place 12th in world for grad. employability

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The University of Toronto is among the best universities in the world for graduate employability, a new independent study says.

U of T jumped three spots to place 12th in the world in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, after jumping four spots in last year’s study, from 19th to 15th. Once again it was the highest-ranked university in Canada.

As well, U of T placed third among North American public universities and eighth among public universities worldwide.

“We are proud to be recognized once again among the top universities for employability,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “This result reaffirms the excellence of a University of Toronto education, which is highly valued by employers around the world.”

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings cover more than 500 universities in its annual report.

London-based Quacquarelli Symonds Limited uses five weighted criteria in the ranking. The reputation of universities among employers counts for the most in the ranking, and is measured by the QS Employer Survey, with more than 30,000 responses. The other indicators are research collaborations with global companies, an analysis of high-achievers’ alma maters, the number of employers who have an active presence on campus and the graduate employment rate one year after graduation.

The other Canadian universities in the top 100 are the University of Waterloo (25th), the University of British Columbia (38), the University of Alberta (87) and McMaster University (93).

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology claimed the No. 1 spot this year, ahead of last year’s top-rated university, Stanford, and current No. 3, the University of California, Los Angeles.

It’s another strong result for U of T, which is the highest rated university in Canada and among the best public universities in the world in the five most prestigious international rankings: Times Higher Education, the QS World University RankingsShanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking and the National Taiwan University Ranking.

U of T makes gains on list of universities with best global reputations

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As the University of Toronto’s Class of 2018 prepares to graduate, they can take pride in knowing their degree is from a university with one of the best reputations in the world.

Today, U of T placed 22nd in the world – and first in Canada – in an influential ranking of the world’s top 100 most powerful university brands. That’s two spots higher than last year on the list published by Times Higher Education (THE).

U of T ranked even higher at 11th among the top publicly funded universities in the world, tied with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).

“This is more wonderful news for all of us at the University of Toronto,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “It is a remarkable accomplishment once again to be recognized in the top tier of the world’s best public and private universities.

“Our international reputation is built on the efforts of our faculty, staff and students – those efforts propel our world-class performance in teaching and the global impact of our research.”

Three Canadian universities were in the top 50 and all made gains in their placements this year, THE noted in a news release. The University of Toronto was followed by the University of British Columbia at 38 (up from 40) and McGill University at 41 (up from 42).

THE compiles its Top 100 global university brands from a survey of more than 10,000 senior academics around the world.

American universities continue to dominate the list, with 44 institutions in the Top 100. Harvard University is again in the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, followed by MIT and Stanford University.

“What is particularly striking is that the U.S. has actually strengthened its position…despite fears that the U.S. is suffering a ‘Trump slump’ in terms of its global reputation,” said Phil Baty, THE’s editorial director of global rankings, in a news release.

He also noted Chinese universities, which have advanced up the rankings strongly in recent years, appear to be stalling. China’s top universities – Tsinghua University and Peking University – stayed put at 14th and 17th, respectively, while other “stars from mainland China have slipped,” THE said.

“This new data shows just how hard it is for emerging powers to break into the traditional global elite,” Baty said.

In addition, for the first time in seven years, India has cracked the Top 100 with the Indian Institute of Science landing in the 91-100 band.

Overall, the University of Toronto continues to be the highest ranked Canadian university and one of the top ranked public universities in the five most prestigious international rankings: Times Higher Education, QS World Rankings, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, U.S. News Best Global Universities and National Taiwan University.

U of T researchers win prestigious NSERC awards

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The federal government is honouring two University of Toronto researchers in Ottawa today for their efforts to push the boundaries of human knowledge in the fields of chemistry and mathematics.

University Professor Lewis Kay is receiving the 2018 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal – the country’s highest honour for science and engineering – for his role in improving nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, the technology used to capture images of proteins within human cells.

Mathematics Professor Joel Kamnitzer is receiving a prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship to support his work exploring symmetry in mathematics and physics.

Kay, who is appointed to U of T’s departments of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular genetics and is a senior scientist at SickKids hospital, is the first U of T Herzberg winner since 2012 when University Professor Emeritus Stephen Cook was honoured for his work in computer science and mathematics.

Recent U of T Steacie fellowship winners include Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun, Professor Stephen Wright, Professor David Sinton, Professor Leah Cowen, Professor Aaron Wheeler and Professor Wei Yu.

“U of T is proud of the achievements of Professors Kay and Kamnitzer in the pursuit of advancing our understanding of how the natural universe operates, from the beginnings of disease to new advancements in mathematics,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.

“We’re also grateful for the continuing support from the Government of Canada for basic, fundamental research that we know leads to transformational practical applications and that ignites curiosity in future generations.”

The Herzberg award, worth up to $1 million over the next five years, is for Kay’s “truly impressive technical breakthroughs” that allow us to “watch the smallest building blocks of life as they move, change and interact with one another over time,” the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) said in a news release.

His methodologies have had impacts for physicists and mathematicians, and his technologies are used in biochemistry and molecular biology labs around the world, setting the stage for breakthrough discoveries, NSERC said.

Read about Lewis Kay in the Globe and Mail

In the world of mathematics, Kamnitzer’s reputation is growing for his work in representation theory.

“It’s nice to get recognition for my work, especially since people outside of mathematics don’t always understand what we do,” he said.

A typical day for him, he said, can involve hanging out at a local coffee shop and writing out complex mathematical equations in a notebook when his blackboard is not handy, writing papers, teaching or Skyping with colleagues around the globe – think Russia and Japan – who are also pondering the symmetries of objects and their rotations.

For example, picture a sphere floating in the air. It can rotate in any direction, at any angle and in any order. The collection of all these possible rotations is a Lie group.

Lie groups also appear as symmetries of elementary particles, such as electrons and protons. The different particles and their many states come in patterns predicted by representations of Lie groups.

Mathematicians like Kamnitzer are involved in the cutting edge of supersymmetric quantum field theories, which predict surprising relationships between different geometric objects related to Lie groups.

His work seeks to understand these predictions and use them to solve important mathematical problems. It also contributes to finding the correct mathematical framework for theoretical physics.

With his Steacie, Kamnitzer will be able to take a two-year sabbatical to deep dive into his research, as well as use $250,000 in grant money to hire students and postdoctoral researchers, and travel to meet with other leading experts in the field.

Grad School Q&A

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March 26, 2018

Graduate School Application Roundtable Talk

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  • These responses are the opinions of the participating panel.
  • These notes from the Information Session, were captured Lilly, an undergraduate student.

Q: How long in advance should we start preparing for grad school applications?

Usually, you should submit applications in before the December deadline of the current year to apply for graduate school that starts September of the following year.

Q: What are the weights on GRE, reference letters, CGPA, personal statement in terms of admission?

  • GRE
  • Not required for Canadian schools (does not matter whether you have it or not)
  • Required for US schools (depending on which school you are applying to. Some schools care more but some schools care less.)

 

  • Reference letter
  • Important

 

  • CGPA
  • The most important component
  • Not only the grades matters, but also what courses you took
  • There’s no cut-off grades, but better be grades for important math courses
  • Only math courses will be looked at (doesn’t really matter if you fail a physics class)
  • Usually they would look at the 10 most advanced math courses on your transcript and drop the lowest two

 

  • Personal statement
  • If you prepare a generic statement then it becomes the least important component
  • Shouldn’t be more than 1 page unless there are stories that are very interesting
  • Make sure there’s no spelling or other grammatical mistakes
  • Becomes very relevant when there’s something special about your story (e.g. had 5 years gap during undergrad; already had a PHD in physics and now want to do another PHD in math, etc…)
  • Very important if the school you are applying to allows the future supervisor to make the decision

Q: How useful would doing research be in terms of applying for grad school?

It is a plus, but not a necessary thing. Math is a very specialized discipline, so it is very rare to see undergrads doing serious research. But if you can win the USRA award, then definitely include it in your application.

 

Q: How does one find research opportunities in undergraduate?

Walk around the department, knock on doors, ask professors, “Do you have a summer project?” or “Could you supervise me in a reading course?” Usually it is comparatively difficult to become engaged in research opportunities in the Department of Mathematics. You should take the time to review the research interest of the professor that you would like to work with.  You may also have conversations with your professors after class, and talk about interesting questions related to the course material and introduce interesting topics that you would want to explore further.

 

Q: How useful would math competitions be in terms of applying for grad school?

Similar to research, it is a plus, but not a necessary thing. They are looking for your strengths, not a fulfilling a check list. It’s fine for not having research or competitions results.

 

Q: Is it encouraged to do PHD at another school?

It is recommended because by doing so you will be seeing other perspectives, learning more cultures etc. However, if you have a good personal reason to stay here (e.g. because your families are here etc.), it is also good to stay.

 

Q: Should we apply for master first or apply for Ph D directly?

  • In US: apply for the Ph D directly
  • In Canada: usually you should apply for masters first, and when you get admitted, you will also be admitted to the Ph D program automatically (conditional offer)

Some countries offer 3 years Ph D programs (e.g. some universities in UK), but there are also some countries that offer 1 year master + 5 years PHD programs.

  • the longer may be the better
  • when applying for post doc, what matters is not how long you’ve been studying math since elementary school, but how many years you have studied since PHD. So you may have some disadvantages by taking the “fast lane”

 

Q: About applying for grad school and stating a particular professor that you would like to work with?

Make sure that the prof you are aiming for is actually working there. Sometimes their names may be listed as faculty members, but they are not actually permanently employed at that institution.

 

Q: If I want to do grad school for applied math (e.g. finance or physics). During undergrad, should I take more applied courses or should I take more pure math courses?

For most applied programs, the process of admission could be very different comparing to math programs. For some applied programs, you may even need to contact your potential supervisor because quite often the decision is made by them.

 

Q: Are there any advantages for taking most advanced math course (e.g. MAT157, 257, 357)?

Specialists have many advantages comparing to math majors. In the reference letters details are usually provided about the content of the courses as it is here that the applicant’s university will learn of the strength of the applicant.

 

Q: Does a 4th year statistic student still have chance to get into grad school for math?

What’s important is which courses you have taken. As long as you have all the necessary courses (algebra, analysis, topology), then it is possible.

 

Q: What are the necessary courses?

MAT327H1    Introduction to Topology

MAT347Y1    Groups, Rings and Fields

MAT354H1    Complex Analysis I

MAT357H1    Foundations of Real Analysis

MAT457H1    Advanced Real Analysis I

APM421H1    Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

 

Q: How to explore interests?

  • Take courses
  • Talk to professors and students
  • Be involved

It is actually harmful to decide too early, which field of mathematics you want to study. If you decide too early, you are sort of preventing yourself from exploring your true self.

 

Be ready to get rejection letters and do not be too offended when you get a few rejection letters.