Two Weeks at Waterloo - a Summer School for Women in Math

  • Start Date: 08/12/2012
  • End Date: 08/25/2012
There will be four female guest speakers invited, who will give a presentation related to their work and will talk about their life/work experiences. One of these speakers will be invited to give a distinguished lecture open to the public. For 2012, the distinguished lecture will be given by Professor Charmaine Dean, Dean of Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario.



The Summer School for Women in Mathematics is a two-week residential mathematics enrichment program for outstanding senior female undergraduates. The school will be held from August 12-25, 2012 at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Up to 16 students will be selected to participate in the program.Our goal is to encourage these gifted young women to continue on to graduate work in mathematics. The program will provide both enrichment of the undergraduate curriculum and a research component, in a collaborative environment.


Eligibility Requirements

The summer school is open to female undergraduate students studying mathematics or a related discipline at a Canadian university, with at least one year of studies remaining in their program. Priority will be given to senior students. Canadians and permanent residents studying outside Canada are also eligible to apply. Each participant will receive on campus room and board and an allowance for travel expenses from within Canada.



There will be two mini-courses, running through the two weeks, taught by female instructors on the topic of their choice. Our instructors for 2012 will be Professor Matilde Lalin, University of Montreal, and Professor Gail Wolkowicz, McMaster University. One course will meet in the mornings, the other in the afternoons. The students will do group projects with presentations the last day for each course. Each course will also have a graduate student TA/mentor.


Field Trips

One day each week will be for field trips to businesses employing mathematicians. We anticipate spending one of these days in Waterloo and a second in Toronto. Additionally we will have an excursion to Niagara Falls on the middle weekend of the summer school.


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The application deadline is January 31, 2012 although early applications are encouraged. We expect to notify successful applicants around March 1, 2012. For the complete application form please visit the Application page.