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***Announcing our revised Mathematical Sciences Major***

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Our new Mathematical Sciences Major is available in both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. The unique program provides a core of both mathematics and statistics with a choice of a Mathematics stream or a Statistics stream. It also requires the completion of an area of emphasis in either bioinformatics, biological modeling, computer science, economics, energy, electrical systems, signal processing, computer science or an individualized area of emphasis, created by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor.  Click here for complete calendar descriptions for BA and BSc.

Graduate Application Deadline

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics next entry point for ALL graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is September 2016. In order to receive full consideration for funding, applications should be received no later than February 8, 2016. You must apply online.

Andrew Porter wins best poster at SSC 2015

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Congratulations to Andrew Porter, a Masters in Statistics grad student.  He has won Best Poster at the annual Statistical Society of Canada 2015 meeting, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia June 14-17/15.   His poster was titled Estimating an Experimental Error Variance for Fractional Factorial Designs.

Tara Gomes - what this graduate is doing now

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Tara Gomes was recently featured in an article in the Toronto Star on the rise in use of anti-psychotic drugs in seniors.

Tara graduated from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in 2004, having won the prestigious Winegard Medal.

Click here for the article in the Toronto Star.

William Smith named University Professor Emeritus

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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William Smith, Mathematics and Statistics, was named University Professor Emeritus in February, 2015 by the University of Guelph.

Professor Smith joined Guelph as in 1979 as Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department.  He helped launch an undergraduate program in applied mathematics and a Diploma in Applied Statistics and led the development of a successful application for a PhD program in “applied mathematics and applied statistics and the interface between them".

Professor Smith was one of the first faculty members at Guelph to use computer technology in the classroom, and he helped establish the first undergraduate microcomputer laboratory on campus. He received the University of Guelph Faculty Association Special Merit Teaching Award in 2001 for “innovative use of computer technology in education." 

In 2003, he left Guelph to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a Faculty of Science from scratch, as the Founding Dean of Science at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa. 

Professor Smith is actively involved in research and can be reached at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Guelph.


Guelph prof AIMS to help Africa add it all up

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

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In 2006, my mother took my then 13-year-old son Zack on safari in Kenya. Zack had always been fascinated by animals and wildlife, and what better place to experience nature first-hand than Africa.

On his return, we asked Zack what the most memorable part of his trip had been. Pondering he said, "I guess it was going from the worst kind of poverty I had ever seen, people literally lying in the street, hungry, tired, sick and poor. And then turning a corner and driving up the laneway to the Masai Mara Lodge – this amazingly extravagant five-star resort."

Although I have never been to Africa myself, this does seem to typify the continent in many ways: a region of extremes – from climate to culture, politics to standard of living.

Now, a University of Guelph professor is working to help Africans access the full power of new science-based technologies in order to address some of their countries' most pressing problems, and raise their overall standard of living. Dr. David Kribs, professor and University Research Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Guelph, has taken on the position of international academic advisor to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

Click here for full article.


OCUFA honours Prof. Edward Carter with 2015 Lorimer Award

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has recognized Prof. Edward Carter, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with a 2015 Lorimer Award. The award recognizes individuals who have worked to protect and promote the interests of Ontario’s academic staff through collective bargaining.

“The 2015 winners of the Lorimer Award have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the working lives of Ontario’s faculty,” said Kate Lawson, president of OCUFA. “We are indebted to them for their hard work, resolve and dedication.”

The Lorimer Award was established in honour of Doug and Joyce Lorimer, who were instrumental in advancing faculty association collective bargaining in Ontario.

Carter received his award earlier this month at a ceremony in Toronto.

OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario.

The Matrix and the Mathematician

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

U of G PhD student proves 20-year-old math conjecture

Among your web of friends and acquaintances, you can probably keep track of who knows whom without resorting to complicated mathematics. But look at the millions of people on Facebook and other social networking sites, and you probably need all the math tools you can find to map out the myriad connections among them.


Helping to untangle the worlds-within-worlds connections that comprise social networks is among the potential benefits of Preeti Mohindru’s recently completed doctoral thesis at Guelph. She says her work in matrix theory might ultimately help software engineers and programmers in designing or improving sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

In the process, Mohindru also accomplished something unusual for a PhD candidate: she proved a mathematical conjecture that had gone without a formal proof for two decades.

Click here for full article.