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!

Math Union Presents: Three CUMC Talks!

This past summer, the University of Toronto’s department of mathematics and the Math Union sent a delegation of undergraduates to the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Our students gave some of the best talks at this year’s conference and some of them are here to reprise their talks for you. If you’re interested in seeing what math students were up to this summer or if you’re interested in potentially coming to the CUMC next year, then come listen. Show your support for your fellow undergrads and learn something along the way.

Why Some Sequences are More Special than Others
by Calder Morton-Ferguson

The Chromatic Number of the Plane and the Axiom of Choice
by Angela Wu

Sphere Packing and the Baffling Properties of the E_8 and Leech Lattices
by Zachary Karry

These are fun and accessible talks — and as always, food will be provided!

Math Union Presents: Dr. Kumar Murty on Number Theory

The Math Union will be hosting our first talk in this year’s series on Monday, September 26th from 4-6pm in BA1220! Professor Kumar Murty, the chair of the University of Toronto Math Department, will be talking about number theory and cryptography in an accessible talk aimed at undergraduates. If you’re interested in number theory, cryptography, a great lecturer, and/or free refreshments, come and see Dr. Murty’s talk!

Click here to see this event on Facebook!

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!

Math Union Book Sale

The Math Union will be holding its book sale some time in the first week of classes. Fantastic deals guaranteed on all kinds of books, from STEM textbooks to scifi novels. For a small preview, here’s what we’ll have in stock.
See if there’s anything you’re interested in here.

Outreach Opportunity

A message on behalf of the department:

Good Day,
We are seeking a few volunteers to help with an event on June 10th from 3:30 – 9:00. The event is a panel discussion with Dr. Manjul Bhargava and it takes place at Hart House here on campus.

We are essentially looking for people to help with set up and take down of the event (including moving some banners and signs), helping with the registration desk, etc.

You don’t need to stay for the entire event (although we will need a few people to stay until 9:00) and you are invited to listen to the discussion as well (it is quite an impressive panel of speakers from academia, industry and government and will focus on mathematics). Refreshments are also available.

If you are interested and available please let Pamela Brittain ( know and they she will put you in touch with the head organizers.

CUMC Delegate Application

Are you interested in representing the University of Toronto this summer at the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference taking place July 13th-17th in Victoria, BC?

The Math Union will be funding a delegation to this year’s conference. Delegates will be required to present a 20 minute talk on a mathematical topic. If you are interested in applying for a spot, please send a writeup of your intended talk (approximately 3 pages) and a short cover letter containing your subject POSt, year of study, utoronto email, name and phone number to the math union email: (please submit documents in PDF form only).

Interested students should also fill out the CUMC Funding Release Form and submit it along with a copy of their transcript (a printout from acorn is okay) to Sonya at the main office (BA6290).

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, May 20th.

For information about the CUMC, visit