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Our New Mathematical Science Major

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, we are pleased to announce our new Mathematical Science major!

This major is ideal for students who:

  • love Mathematics and Statistics,
  • want to see how they are applied in real-world settings in science, arts and industry,
  • have a strong interest in another subject, and
  • desire the flexibility to customize their program to suit their personal interests and career goals.

For more information and to learn how you can make a difference in a real-world setting, visit the Future Students link on the menu.

Graduate Applications for Summer 2017/Fall 2017/Winter 2018

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics next regular entry point for ALL graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is September 2017. In order to receive full consideration for funding, applications should be received no later than February 15, 2017. You must apply online.   Funding may be limited for applications received after that date.

Students interested in beginning graduate studies in Summer 2017 or Winter 2018 should contact the graduate program assistant or the graduate coordinator prior to February 15, 2017.

Anyone interested in any other entry semester must contact the graduate program assistant first prior to applying as space is very limited prior to F17.



Perimiter Institute Welcomes Bei Zeng as One of Seven New Emmy Noether Visiting Fellows

Posted on Apr 19, 2016

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Extended research visits aim to spark new collaborations and ideas across disciplines – and boost support for women scientists at a crucial stage of their careers.

Seven scientists, whose work spans fields from quantum information theory to cosmology and particle physics, will soon join Perimeter Institute as the latest group of Emmy Noether Visiting Fellows.
Theirs is the largest contingent of Fellows since the program was launched in 2013 to support women scientists at a crucial stage of their careers.
Coming to Perimeter from the UK, Europe, India, US, and Canada, they have all been invited to spend up to a year immersed in Perimeter’s scientific community for the same reason: they are pursuing research of incredible potential.
While some Fellows will travel from the other side of the globe, Bei Zeng is coming down the road from her home institute at the University of Guelph.
A long-time affiliate of Perimeter, she has often visited the Institute and collaborated with resident physicists. But she hopes her work studying physical systems from information-theoretic perspectives will be even more enriched through this prolonged exposure. 
“I hope to interact with more people and learn what they are working on, by talking to them often,” she said. “I am especially interested in learning things that I am not an expert [in]. PI is the place that has all the experts I’d hope to learn from.”
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Finding New Carbon Catchers Goal of $540000 Project

Posted on Mar 3, 2016

University emeritus professor William Smith, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will use the three-year Strategic Project Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced today to seek out new chemical solvents for capturing CO2 emitted by industry.


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Interested in Graduate Studies?

Posted on Dec 23, 2015

Graduate Open House: Saturday, January 23, 2016 (11:00-3:00)

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our graduate programs. You will have the opportunity to:

  • tour our campus,
  • speak to Faculty about research opportunities,
  • speak to current graduate students about graduate life, and
  • obtain valuable information about admissions and funding.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Parking is free and transportation is available, if required, from Hamilton, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Toronto and Waterloo. 

Click on the following link to register:

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions!

New Space for Math and Stats

Posted on Dec 4, 2015

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Plans are underway to create a multi-purpose room for mathematics and statistics students, faculty and staff, following the completion of the Conversation Corner and the Math & Stats Undergrad Lounge.

“We are raising funds for the third stage,” says Prof. David Kribs, former chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “It’s a large multipurpose room in the centre of the department that will be a state-of-theart teaching and learning facility for all members of the department.”

Each space is dedicated to providing members of the department with common areas to meet, collaborate and learn. “These new spaces will bring together math and stats students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and retired faculty as a mutually supportive family,” says professor emeritus Jack Weiner, who launched the initiative. “I truly believe this will bring a renewed sense of purpose and unprecedented degree of collegiality to the department.”

If you’re interested in donating to the project, please contact Karry Kwan, alumni advancement manager, CPES, at 519-824-4120, Ext. 56769, or


Posted on Dec 2, 2015

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 This past November, Prof. David Kribs taught at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) centre in Ghana, as part of his activities as International Academic Advisor for AIMS. Dr. Jeremy Levick, a recent PhD graduate of the department and currently an AIMS-University of Guelph postdoctoral fellow, also taught as a tutor for the course. Both are pictured here in the class photo.

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).

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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.

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