CUMC Award for Excellence

A message from the department!

The next Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference ( 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 ( ).‬‬

*Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc)‬‬* ‬
Facebook: CMS Studc ‬
Twitter: @studcCMS ‬
Google Plus: CMS Studc
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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
and you can look at our website to see what kind of programs we offer:

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

Call for Officers


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.

If you plan to attend, please register at 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!

Call for Applications: CUMC Award for Excellence

The next Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) will be hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria from July 13-17. 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 here.

The application deadline is March 31st. Applications should be sent to Aaron Berk and Muhammad Khan (

MUGS 3: Gotta Catch ‘em All! with Prof. Dror Bar-Natan

Join us this Thursday on Oct 22nd, 2015 at Medical Science Building Room 2173 from 4-6PM for the Math Union’s third instalment: The 17 Tiling Patterns – Gotta Catch ‘em All with Professor Dror Bar-Natan. He is going to uncover all kinds the patterns for plane tiling in mathematical terms and essentially get you obsessed with the game of finding these patterns in everyday life. For those who are interested in symmetries, geometries, and their connections to group theory and topology or simply need new inspirations on tiling designs, do not miss out this excellent opportunity!

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there.

Link to Dror’s bio, and his tiling pattern collection


FREE MAT137 Midterm Prep Session this Friday!

Math Union is very glad to work together with Bluekey Education to organize a FREE midterm preparation session for MAT137 students who are striving for excellent results. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to receive a copy of the Bluekey MAT137 Midterm 1 Study Guide, 2014 MAT137 Midterm 1 Full Solutions, and a surprise Bluekey merch. It is happening this Friday, Oct 16th, 2015 from 6-9PM at Galbraith Building Room 304.

Seats are limited (60 spots). First come, first served basis. Sign up now:

MUGS 2 in collaboration with the BMSSA: The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science

Math Union and the Book & Media Studies Student Association collaborate for the very first time to present you “The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science” with Robert K. Logan (Bob) on Oct 15th, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Bob is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Toronto Physics Department, a Fellow at the University of St. Michael’s College, and the Chief Scientist of the sLab at OCAD. This talk is specifically catering for those who have interest in both general mathematics and humanities. Bob will incorporate the pioneer communications theorist, Marshall McLuhan, and his concept of “Medium is the Message” which describes the origin of our number system and its impact on science.

Refreshments will be provided. Hope you see you there.

FB event page:

His web sites are:

Address: 30A Queen’s Park Crescent East
The Marshall McLuhan Coach House Institute is on St. Michael’s campus. It is in the parking lot behind Alumni Hall situated at 121 St Joseph St. just east of Queen’s Park Crescent East. The Coach House is a small building in the South East corner of the parking lot. Walk south along the sidewalk just to the East of Alumni Hall starting at St. Joseph Street until you reach the laneway. If you turn right at the laneway you will find the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Here is what it looks like.