Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Sales and Trading Information Session: an exclusive event for Waterloo Math and Computer Science students

A career in Sales and Trading is fast paced and demanding.  If you have an aptitude for numbers, an interest in following the markets and an analytical approach to making decisions ... we invite you to join us on December 4th to learn more about this career path from our industry experts!
Who: Math and Computer Science students available to work during summer 2013 who will be graduating in December 2013 or June 2014.
When: December 4th (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Where:  Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant, Yonge and Front, Toronto, ON.
We are gearing up for summer 2013 recruitment!  Summer Associate roles in Sales and Trading offer students the opportunity to gain on-the-job training covering the sales and trading of our products, exposure to a wide variety of businesses within TD Bank Group and the chance to return to school with a full-time offer in hand.
Please register to attend by sending an email to by Thursday, November 29th.    A confirmation email will be provided prior to the event.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

UofT: Grad Studies in Molecular Genetics

Graduate school applications loom right around the corner.  The Molecular Genetics department at U of T has ~100 internationally renown faculty working in six research pillars:  (1) Cellular and Molecular Structure-Function; (2) Computational and Systems Biology; (3) Functional Genomics and Proteomics; (4) Genetic Models of Development and Disease; (5) Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics; (6) Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease.  Whatever biological science you are passionate about, we do it here!

What does it take to get into one of the best programs at U of T, and anywhere?  What should be included in your application package and what makes a competitive application? What career paths do Molecular Genetics graduates pursue?  How do you find the right graduate mentor for you (and how does our rotation system help)?

To learn more, view the Molecular Genetics graduate information session  on YouTube and find out how our graduate program promotes the individual achievement of each of our students.  The MoGen graduate program not only offers  students the opportunity to train in world-class research labs but also focuses on helping each and every student find the best lab in which to fulfill his/her potential.

For additional information on faculty research programs and our department, visit the Molecular Genetics web site at   You can sign up for Twitter feeds/facebook updates to keep up with important deadlines and activities in the department.  Graduate applications  can be found here:

Hope to "see" you here!


-- Brigitte D. Lavoie, Associate Professor,
Dept Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Medical Sciences Bldg #4278
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.   M5S 1A8

Office:  1-416-978-6123
Lab:     1-416-946-8144
FAX:    1-416-978-6885 

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Notes from the Margin - call for submissions

The CMS Student Committee (Studc) would like to invite you to submit an article for the next edition of *Notes from the Margin*, which is due to come out in January 2013. We are accepting opinion pieces and math-related stories as well as concise research-related articles.

The Margin a semi-annual publication whose articles are intended for a wide audience and should be accessible to all the people in the mathematical community starting from the second/third year undergraduates. It is delivered electronically to virtually all the Canadian undergraduate and graduate math students. In addition, the hard copies of the Margin are sent to the math departments of all the Canadian universities. To check out the most recent issues, click on the Notes from the Margin link on our home page at **.

Please send your submission or any questions you might have about it to **. Submission deadline is *December 23rd, 2012*. For guidelines on submissions, please see

To keep up to date with the events happening in the Canadian mathematical community, visit our website at and *like us on facebook* at

CMS Studc.

2013-2014 Microsoft Scholarships/Internships

Program Overview
Microsoft College scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. Students will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their passion for software, academic excellence, and ability to make a difference in the software industry.

Microsoft is excited to be offering scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.  Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.
At Microsoft, we want to encourage students from groups currently under-represented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees.  While all candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may apply, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students or students with disabilities. Minority applicants must be a member of one of the following groups under-represented in the software field: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Microsoft will review all applications and select final candidates on the basis of eligibility, quality of application, displayed interest in the software industry, commitment to leadership and financial need. We will target announcing scholarship recipients by March 1st, 2013.

What are the provisions of the award?
Scholarships are awarded, full or partial amounts, to recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. Microsoft will make payments to the designated school, and they’re not transferable to other academic institutions.  Funds are to be used for tuition only and may not be used for other costs on the recipient's bursar bill. All recipients of the scholarship will be required to apply for, and complete if offered, a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.  Microsoft reserves the right not to offer a position to the scholarship winner if an appropriate match cannot be found.

What are the criteria for scholarship eligibility?
Students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted.  Students must be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline, such as math or physics, with a demonstrated interest in computer science.  The student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. 

What is required to apply?
A completed application includes six items:  your résumé, transcript, application details, essay questions, letter of referral, and online application to the Microsoft Summer Internship program.  Items must be postmarked or emailed by February 1, 2013 to receive full consideration.  An application is considered ineligible if all parts are not received.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all pieces are received by Microsoft by the deadline.

Résumé - Send a copy of your résumé that includes your contact information, major, and graduation date.

Transcript – Send a copy of your current academic transcript. 

Application Details - Use one page (total) to answer the following questions:
·       What is your estimated tuition cost for the 2013-2014 academic year (base cost; not including room & board or books)?
·       Is your tuition in state, out of state, private, or international?
·       Would receiving a Microsoft scholarship adversely impact any other financial aid you will receive for the 2013-2014 academic year?      
Essay Questions - Use one page (total) to answer all four of the following essay questions:
·       Describe how you demonstrate your passion for technology outside the classroom.
·       Describe the toughest technical problem you've worked on, how you addressed the problem, your role in reaching the outcome, if it was team-based, and the final outcome.
·       Describe a situation which demonstrates initiative and your willingness to go above and beyond.
·       Describe how you are currently funding your college education (i.e. loans, grants, scholarships, etc.)

Gender/Ethnicity/Disability (optional) - Please note your gender, ethnicity or disability on the page with your essay questions if you would like that information to be considered with your application.

Letter of referral - Enclose a letter of referral from a faculty member or an academic advisor who knows your work.

Online Application to the Microsoft Internship Program - Apply online at for a summer internship. Only students who have applied online for an internship will be considered for a Microsoft Scholarship.

Please send your completed application items by February 1, 2013.
Email: scholars
Mail: Microsoft Scholarship Program, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-8303 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Graduate Information Session

Learn about the graduate studies programs offered through Computer Science and meet with faculty actively seeking to recruit graduate students.

Information Session
Nov. 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Graduate Fair
Nov. 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Free lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Heather Steinmetz |

Thursday, 8 November 2012

York CVR Vision Science Summer School

The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science. This year's program will be held June 3-7, 2013.

The program includes talks by CVR faculty members on current research topics in vision science, as well as hands-on demonstrations in CVR laboratories. The curriculum reflects the wide range of research areas at CVR, which includes basic research on vision in humans and animals, covering both neuroscience and behaviour, as well as applied topics such as computer vision, virtual reality, visual perception in low-gravity environments, and vision in clinical populations. For an idea of the topics to be covered, see last year's schedule at

The program will accept 24 undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. It is intended mainly for students who are planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2013 for admission in 2014, and who are interested in investigating vision science as a possible area of research. Both Canadian and international students are encouraged to apply.

The program provides on-campus accommodations, breakfast and lunch each day, a closing banquet, and reimbursement for transportation costs.

Application instructions are available on the summer school website, The application deadline is February 1, 2013, and applicants will be notified of decisions by March 1, 2013.
For further information, see the summer school website,, or write to Dr. Richard Murray ( or Dr. Jennifer Steeves (

Poster available at

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

You're Invited to Waterloo Banking's Personal Finance Roundtable!

Have you wondered how you would manage your money after graduation?

Come out to a free, informative roundtable event where we'll discuss sensitive issues such as student loans, career and salary decisions, as well as managing finances when there’s a steady income. We will even bring in alumni to discuss their experiences. Snacks and drinks (free food!) will also be provided. Brought to you by the Waterloo Banking Project.


Waterloo Session
Thursday Nov 8th, 2012
MC 4041
University of Waterloo

Laurier Session
Tuesday Nov 13th, 2012
P3027 (Peters building)
Wilfrid Laurier University

To sign up, please visit:

About the Waterloo Banking Project:
Waterloo Banking Project is establishing student-run financial
services for university students in Waterloo. With the help of one of
the largest credit unions in Canada, we will provide retail banking
services to help students graduate with more money, less debt, and
better financial skills. We seek to offer offer financial services
that better meet students’ needs, provide amazing work experience for
student staff, and run educational programs to increase financial
literacy and money management skills.

Monday, 5 November 2012

MindSumo Contest

My name is Keaton Swett, and I'm a co-founder of *MindSumo* (<> ). We are a marketplace where companies post real world challenges for college students to solve. Students get the chance to prove their skills, win cash prizes, and connect with companies that use MindSumo to actively recruit for jobs and internships.

We are anxious to include Waterloo students, and give them the chance to solve challenges for innovative companies. I was hoping you could forward this opportunity to students in your department who might be interested in participating. Our challenges (<>) have proven to be engaging for students from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other schools, and our student winners have benefited by earning money, and getting jobs and internships.