Math Union Officers 2018-2019

Please welcome our Math Union officers for the 2018-2019 year!!
Academic:
  • Alex Karapetyan
  • Amalrose Vayalinkal
  • David Cui
  • Genevieve Beauregard
  • Jacob Kelly
  • Janelle Hu
Communications:
  • Annie Collins
  • Harry Zhu
  • Ida Liu
  • Sophie Kapsales
Social:
  • Martin Shoosterman
  • Rachel Berger-Viflanzoff
  • Vivian He
  • Yan Li

Call for Hoodie Designs

The Math Union is looking for a new design for our hoodies. Please submit your design to mu@math.utoronto.ca by Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 PM. The winner will receive a free hoodie. Get creative!

Designs should include the words “U of T Mathematics”. Feel free to email if you have any questions! Here is the design we have used in the past:

Stay tuned for hoodie order forms in the next few weeks!

Math Union Officers: Applications Open

The Math Union is looking for students to fill officer positions. If you are interested in getting involved with the Math Union, please email an application to mu@math.utoronto.ca with subject line Officer Application, and the following data:

Your name, your year of study, what position(s) you’d like to apply for, a brief blurb (2 or 3 sentences max!) about why you’re interested, and your favorite math fact or theorem.

We’d love to have you guys!

The various positions are as follows (roles may be a little outdated):

-Communications Officers: should be students who are interested in exploring ways the Math Union can better connect with students — they should be comfortable composing a well-crafted email and making effective posts on social media. Although not a requirement, any experience in web design or WordPress is also an asset.

-Academic Officers: As an academic officer, you will participate in the planning of academic talks and other academic events which may include room booking, contacting professors, and assisting with the purchase and distribution of refreshments during events. Skills required are reliability, good communication skills, and knowledge of good food places.

-Social Officers: We’re looking for individuals who are motivated, adventurous, creative… and above all, interested in event planning.
Types of events including: Semi-formals, fundraisers, career development workshops, inter-disciplinary panels and etc. Previous experience is not necessary. Include any relevant skills or experience (such as photography, musical talents) in application. A very flexible 1-2 hr /week, on average.

-Designers: Our designer would like some help creating all our beautiful posters and banners. Experience isn’t necessary, but Adobe Illustrator is a huge plus!

Putnam Mathematics Competition

Are you the new star of the UofT Math team? Are you just curious about math competitions? Do you want free pizza?

Last year, our team placed 4th in the Putnam Mathematics Competition. Each team member earned $1,000 and bragging rights over poor Waterloo. This year, we are looking for new team members to replace our graduated stars.

Come to our orientation (with free pizza!)
Day: Friday, September 14th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: MP 102
There will be a brief introduction to the competition, and then we will have a practice test. We will use the test results to select the UofT team.

Regardless of how you do in the practice test, or even if you do not write it, you are welcome to come to our weekly open training sessions, and to write the competition in December.

More information at http://uoft.me/putnam-math
If interested, please register at http://uoft.me/putnam-register (even if you do not end up writing)

Alfonso Gracia-Saz and Bernardo Galvao-Sousa
The Putnam Coaches

CUMC 2018 Delegation Information

Are you interested in representing the University of Toronto this summer at the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference taking place July 11th-15th in Saskatoon?

The Math Union will be funding a delegation to this year’s conference. Unfortunately, Saskatoon is a very expensive place to fly, but the department would still like to send up to 10 people. This means that it is likely the case that individuals chosen to be funded will still have to pay some of the cost of the flight (with registration and accommodation fully covered). Based on current approximations this could be anywhere from 400 to 0 dollars, but the Math Union will work hard to get this cost as low as possible.

Delegates will be required to present a 20 minute talk on a mathematical topic.

If you are interested in applying for a spot, please complete the following instructions:

By June 1st (So that we can get a sense of interest)
- Submit a short cover letter containing your subject POSt, year of study, utoronto email, name, and phone number to the math union email (mu@math.utoronto.ca).

By June 5th
- Submit a 1-2 page outline of a talk you would like to give, which begins with the approximately 100 word abstract you will submit to the CUMC to the math union email, and attach the cover letter you wrote previously.
- Fill in the CUMC Funding Release Form (https://mu.math.toronto.edu/…/2018/05/CUMC_Funding_Form_201…) and submit it along with a copy of your transcript (a printout from Acorn is okay) to Sonja at the main office (BA6290)

If you would like to apply but would be uninterested in attending unless the cost is sufficiently low, that is fine.

For more information on the CUMC, please visit http://cumc.math.ca/2017/.

CUMC Award for Excellence

A message from the department!

The next Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (http://cumc.math.ca/)will be hosted by the University of Montréal, McGill University, Concordia University and the Université de Québec à Montréalin *Montréal*on July 19–23. The Canadian Mathematical Society’s Student Committee (CMS Studc) is inviting undergraduate math students to apply for the CUMC Award for Excellence.‬‬

‬This award is valued at $500 and is given to an outstanding student for the purpose of participating in CUMC. You can find more information and application requirements in the informational pamphlet .‬‬

The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Applications should be sent to Aaron Berk and Aram Dermenjian (chair-studc@cms.math.ca ).‬‬

‬Regards,‬‬
*Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc)‬‬*
https://studc.math.ca ‬
Facebook: CMS Studc ‬
Twitter: @studcCMS ‬
Google Plus: CMS Studc
Issuu: CMS Studc

Hoodies have arrived!

For those who ordered them, hoodies are available for pick up from the undergraduate lounge Monday or Tuesday 11 am – 6 pm.

Please bring a piece of photo ID and find the Math Union representative in the room to receive your order.

Math Outreach!

A message from the department:

Looking to make a difference? Want to spread a love of math to
elementary and high school students?

We are looking for people to help us by volunteering for our outreach
and engagement programs right here in the Math Department.

Right now there is a growing population of people who see mathematics as
something unreachable and this starts in the elementary and high school
system. So many people have a fear, or even a hatred, of mathematics
and we are trying to change that.

We are working with local area schools and through the Math Outreach
programs already hosted by the Department to try and change this
attitude but we need your help!

You can volunteer for just one program or for a few hours each month!
The choice is yours. We are looking both for people to volunteer with
programs that take place here on campus but, more importantly, to go out
into the community.

All curriculum and training are provided and it is a great opportunity
to get involved and give back to the community around you. And, if you
volunteer for more than 10 hours, you will receive recognition on your
CCR, and it looks good on a resume!

If you’re interested please send an email to outreach@math.toronto.edu
and you can look at our website to see what kind of programs we offer:
http://mathplus.math.toronto.edu

We hope you’ll donate just a few hours of your time to help with this
ambitious, and life changing, cause!

Call for Officers

ATTENTION EVERYONE!

The Math Union is looking for students to fill officer positions. If you are interested in getting involved with the organizational side of the Math Union, please submit an application through this form. We are looking for 2-3 officers in each of the following positions. Submissions will close September 30th at 11:59 pm.

-Communications Officers: should be students who are interested in exploring ways the Math Union can better connect with students — they should be comfortable composing a well-crafted email and making effective posts on social media. Although not a requirement, any experience in web design or WordPress is also an asset.

-Academic Officers: As an academic officer, you will participate in the planning of academic talks and other academic events which may include room booking, contacting professors, and assisting with the purchase and distribution of refreshments during events. Skills required are reliability, good communication skills, and knowledge of good food places.

-Social Officers: We’re looking for individuals who are motivated, adventurous, creative… and above all, interested in event planning.
Types of events including: Semi-formals, fundraisers, career development workshops, inter-disciplinary panels and etc. Previous experience is not necessary. Include any relevant skills or experience (such as photography, musical talents) in application. A very flexible 1-2 hr /week, on average.

-Designers: Our designer would like some help creating all our beautiful posters and banners. Experience isn’t necessary, but Adobe Illustrator is a huge plus!

Putnam Announcement

A message from the department:

Are you interested in math competitions? Do you like free pizza?

The Putnam is a math competition for university students in Canada and the US. We have training/practice sessions open to everyone. We will be having an information session with free pizza on September 22, 5-7pm at LM159. http://uoft.me/putnam2016

If you plan to attend, please register at http://uoft.me/putnam-register so we know how much pizza to order.

As part of the info session, we will have a practice test that we will use to invite some students to more advanced sessions.

Come find out more!