Monday, 22 December 2014

UROP International Research Projects

Course Programs and Leisure Activities
UROP International consists of three components: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs is at the core.
Additionally, students are offered a comprehensive accompanying program: an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice to prepare them for their respective research project.
Furthermore, our international guests participate in a number of leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH. Regular get togethers, excursions in the region, institute visits, and much more, form the framework of the students' stay in Aachen. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

ACM SIGMOD 2015 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Continuing the initiative of the 2008 SIGMOD Conference, we invite submissions to the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Undergraduate students who have played a key role in a research project are invited to submit an abstract to this poster competition. Any project broadly related to data management is within the scope of the competition (for a list of sample areas of interest, see the ACM SIGMOD Call for Papers). 

Based on the quality of submissions, students may be invited to present posters that describe their research at the 2015 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference Invited students will be offered a partial travel stipend to help defray conference attendance costs (registration fee, travel, lodging, etc.). The amount of the travel stipend is to be determined. A "best poster" winner will be selected and announced at the SIGMOD 2015 awards session.

====== Eligibility ======

For the purposes of this competition, a student is considered an undergraduate student if he/she has not yet obtained a BSc (or equivalent) degree at the time of submission. If the applicant's school system is "non-traditional," and the applicant considers him/herself eligible, then the SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs should be contacted prior to submission.

====== Submission Guidelines ======

Each submission should be an extended abstract that describes the applicant's research work. It must be a PDF document of no more than two US Letter pages and it must follow the ACM Proceedings Format, using one of the templates provided at

Your abstract should include a problem statement, a contextualization with respect to the state-of-the-art, if appropriate, a brief technical overview of the solution, a summary of major results and any appropriate figures and references. If the applicant participated in a large project, his or her submission must clarify his or her contribution to the project. We require that one student and the supervisor are the sole authors of the paper.

Any submission that does not satisfy these conditions may be automatically discarded without further evaluation. Submissions should be uploaded at corresponding track at:

by March 19, 2015. Notifications of decisions will made by April 19, 2015; authors of accepted abstracts will receive further instructions regarding submissions and travel allowances at that time. The SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs reserve the right to reject all submissions.

Note: submissions to the research poster competition are permitted even if the student has already published a paper on the same topic or will have a paper on the same topic at SIGMOD/PODS 2015.

====== Program Chairs ======

Tasos Kementsietsidis (Google, USA)
Anisoara Nica (SAP, Canada)

====== Program Committee ======

Yi Chen (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA) Khuzaima Daudjee (University of Waterloo, Canada) Oktie Hassanzadeh (IBM Research, USA) Harumi Kuno (HP Lab, USA)

====== Important Dates ======

Submission deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Notification of results: Sunday, April 19, 2015

====== Submission Link ======

Comments and questions should be directed to the competition chairs.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Masters of Management in Operations Research

Master of Management in Operations Research

Designed for students with quantitative backgrounds, the 16-month UBC Master of Management in Operations Research (MM in OR) program provides outstanding preparation for solving problems resulting from operational challenges in today's leading businesses.

What you'll learn

Administered by the Centre for Operations Excellence (COE), the program prepares students with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, economics or other quantitative fields for rewarding careers as operations research analysts and consultants.

Industry projects

The highlight of the program is the Industry Project. Each student is matched with a COE Industry Partner to consult on a significant operational issue faced by the company - enabling you to apply the analytical and practical skills learned in your coursework. In many cases, Industry Partners are so satisfied by the project  experience  that they hire our students to continue their work after graduation.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics PhD Program (QBMG)

Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto is hosting an event to provide information about our Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics PhD Program (QBMG)

This interdisciplinary program is aimed at aiding undergraduates in physics, math, computer science, chemistry, and engineering who have an interest in biology to enter the Molecular Genetics PhD program directly.

There will be two identical 1-hour sessions at 5PM on January 15th and 16th 2015, where faculty will introduce the program and answer any questions you may have.

Food will be served

Where: The InteractHome, Room 4284 of the Medical Sciences Building on the U of T campus (see attached map)
When: January 15th and 16th at 5PM (identical sessions)
How to attend: Submit your RSVP to me by 5PM on Monday, January 12 by filling in this short survey:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Colleen Kelly
Student Services Assistant
University of Toronto
Department of Molecular Genetics
Rm. 4290, Medical Science Building
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8

Tel: 416-978-8359
Fax: 416-978-6885

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Biomedical Research Open House - University of Toronto

The Department of Medical Biophysics (MBP) at the University of Toronto will be holding an Open House on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00pm at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave, 7th Floor Atrium, Toronto.

Are you an undergraduate student considering a career in leading-edge biomedical research? We invite you to attend our Open House to explore our interdisciplinary MSc and PhD Graduate and Summer Undergraduate Research Programmes. This is your opportunity to speak with Medical Biophysics (MBP) profs and graduate students. Learn how to apply to our graduate programme, take a guided tour of the extensive research facilities and visit poster displays by world leading research labs.

Some quick facts about MBP:
  • We are the only University of Toronto Department operating wholly within our hospital research institutes; our students are based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, MaRS, Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics and the Lunenfeld Research Institute.  These provide  access to world-renowned researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities;
  • MBP has a unique history of exceptional faculty and exceptional students: our faculty and alumni hold some of the most influential positions within the research community in Canada.

Research areas for life science students: Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Signal Transduction, Bioinformatics, Stem cell biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Gene Therapy, Developmental and Structural Biology, and more...

Research areas for physics and engineering science students: Medical Imaging - including magnetic resonance, x-ray, optical, ultrasound and PET; Image-guided therapy; Cancer, Cardiac and Neuro-imaging; Therapy with x-ray, ultrasound and optical radiations; Cell and molecular imaging using chemical and biological tracers; Device engineering and development, and more...

Come and visit us! To help with our preparations, please take a moment to register at: Admission is free; lunch and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

We look forward to seeing you on January 10th!

Peter N Burns

Chairman, Dept Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto