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UROP International Research Projects

Course Programs and Leisure Activities UROP International consists of three components: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs is at the core. Additionally, students are offered a comprehensive accompanying program: an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice to prepare them for their respective research project. Furthermore, our international guests participate in a number of leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH. Regular get togethers, excursions in the region, institute visits, and much more, form the framework of the students' stay in Aachen.

ACM SIGMOD 2015 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Continuing the initiative of the 2008 SIGMOD Conference, we invite submissions to the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.
Undergraduate students who have played a key role in a research project are invited to submit an abstract to this poster competition. Any project broadly related to data management is within the scope of the competition (for a list of sample areas of interest, see the ACM SIGMOD Call for Papers). 
Based on the quality of submissions, students may be invited to present posters that describe their research at the 2015 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference Invited students will be offered a partial travel stipend to help defray conference attendance costs (registration fee, travel, lodging, etc.). The amount of the travel stipend is to be determined. A "best poster" winner will be selected and announced at the SIGMOD 2015 awards session.
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For the purposes of this competition, a student is considered an undergraduat…

Masters of Management in Operations Research

Master of Management in Operations Research
Designed for students with quantitative backgrounds, the 16-month UBC Master of Management in Operations Research (MM in OR) program provides outstanding preparation for solving problems resulting from operational challenges in today's leading businesses.What you'll learn
Administered by the Centre for Operations Excellence (COE), the program prepares students with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, economics or other quantitative fields for rewarding careers as operations research analysts and consultants.

Industry projectsThe highlight of the program is the Industry Project. Each student is matched with a COE Industry Partner to consult on a significant operational issue faced by the company - enabling you to apply the analytical and practical skills learned in your coursework. In many cases, Industry Partners are so satisfied by the project  experience  that they hire our students to continue their work after graduation.


Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics PhD Program (QBMG)

Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto is hosting an event to provide information about our Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics PhD Program (QBMG)

This interdisciplinary program is aimed at aiding undergraduates in physics, math, computer science, chemistry, and engineering who have an interest in biology to enter the Molecular Genetics PhD program directly.
There will be two identical 1-hour sessions at 5PM on January 15th and 16th 2015, where faculty will introduce the program and answer any questions you may have.
Food will be served
Where: The InteractHome, Room 4284 of the Medical Sciences Building on the U of T campus (see attached map) When: January 15th and 16th at 5PM (identical sessions) How to attend: Submit your RSVP to me by 5PM on Monday, January 12 by filling in this short survey:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Colleen Kelly Stud…

Biomedical Research Open House - University of Toronto

The Department of Medical Biophysics (MBP) at the University of Toronto will be holding an Open House on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00pm at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave, 7th Floor Atrium, Toronto.
Are you an undergraduate student considering a career in leading-edge biomedical research? We invite you to attend our Open House to explore our interdisciplinary MSc and PhD Graduate and Summer Undergraduate Research Programmes. This is your opportunity to speak with Medical Biophysics (MBP) profs and graduate students. Learn how to apply to our graduate programme, take a guided tour of the extensive research facilities and visit poster displays by world leading research labs.
Some quick facts about MBP: We are the only University of Toronto Department operating wholly within our hospital research institutes; our students are based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, MaRS, Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics and t…

English Never Stops programmer

English Never Stops (ENS) is an online, peer-peer English learning community, where adult learners from around the world can become immersed in an experiential English environment. A team of young and motivated individuals have created a social networking platform that positions users as active and creative media producers, and supports them with an infrastructure that facilitates self-reflection and peer-peer coaching for improvements.
The ENS team is in the final stages of completing the beta version of, which will be ready to launch by January 1st, 2015. They are looking for a talented and creative programmer, with great communication skills, who can take the reins as the architect of the additions they plan to make to the site, and someone who can manage any problems that occur during the Beta-test phase.
As an early stage startup, they are not in position to offer financial compensation, but they have created an exciting and potentially industry altering prod…

Opportunity for Students and Researchers to Win $150K

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition - the largest biotech startup accelerator program in the world - to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win $150k in no-strings attached grant money (non-dilutive, no IP rights reserved) and free lab space to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Applications are now open until December 1st 2014. To learn more about the program and start building your team, visit

Interested in Software Engineering *Research*?

Consider joining the SE PhD program of Carnegie Mellon University. CMU has an entire institute and PhD program dedicated to software research with 8 core faculty and 10 affiliated faculty in software engineering (from requirements engineering to software architecture to teams and organizations and to various forms of quality assurance) and several others in closely related fields.

The attached poster provides an overview of the program. For more information about the program and the application process, visit

A UW alumna is currently studying at CMU in the SE PhD program and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send an email to for contact information.

CS4U Day on Wednesday, December 3

Hi everyone,
It’s almost the end of the Fall term, as you may have noticed from the snow outside your window.  This means there’s one last, big event you can be a part of before the year is over: CS4U Day on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 8am—3pm in the Davis Centre.
High school students from grades 9-12 will be coming to learn more about what computer science is and how it impacts their everyday lives.  We’re looking for volunteers to help set up the event, assist with lecture and activity materials, and answer any questions students or teachers may have.
Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, morning snack, and lunch at the event.
Feel free to e-mail me if you're interested in participating or have any questions.
Jonathan Tang |

High & Ultra High Field MRI 2 Day Winter School

The Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping, at Western University, in London Ontario, has organized the first ever High & Ultra High Field MRI Winter School.
The two day CFMM Winter School will include an overview of high field MRI hardware considerations and construction, device testing, MRI safety as well as challenges, solutions and applications on these unique imaging platforms. You will be taking part in a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity which can provide unique insights into future studies and potential careers in a demanding discipline. The 2015 Winter School will be held on Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th 2015 at Western University, London Ontario.
The Scholarship covers your two day participation of the winter school, all lectures and hands on training on all three of the scanners, mid day breaks, lunches, dinner Saturday night and our farewell event.  A basic travel allowance will be provided and accommodations (two days and two nights) close to th…

2015-2016 NSERC/CIHR CGSM Applications

If you are applying for an NSERC CGSM or a CIHR CGSM, please check the timelines for this carefully on the GSO web site and take advantage of the support materials and information provided to help you create an excellent application:
For a strong application, follow the "application instructions"carefully (right hand menu link) and also review and follow  the "presentation standards" found through a link in the instructions.
Transcripts order deadline:  3:00 pm November 28, 2014
Do this early so you don't forget as this deadline is firm.
 Application deadline:  8:00 pm December 1, 2014 thru NSERC Portal 

you are advised not to wait to submit at the last minute as the portal can be busy on the last day

MindSumo CS contests/jobs

Dear Students,
Please review the latest Computer Science projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships.
How would you revamp Cigna’s database architecture? 
 - $600 in prizes
 Propose the best way to tell a story through photos for General Mills. 
- $1000 in prizes
 Questions can be directed to
 Direct Links:

Distinguished lecture series


Thursday, November 6, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 pm, DC 1302
Harry Shum

Since the launch of Bing ( in June 2009, we have seen Bing web search market share in the US more than doubled and Bing image search query share more than quadrupled. In this talk, I will share and discuss the challenges and opportunities in image understanding based on our experience building Bing image search. 

Specifically, I will talk about how we have significantly improved image search quality, and built differentiated image search user experience using NLP, entity, big data, machine learning and computer vision technologies. By leveraging big data from billions of search queries, billions of images on the web and from the social networks, and billions of user clicks, we have designed massive machine learning systems to continuously improve image search quality. With the focus on natural language and entity understanding, for instance, we have improved Bing’s ability to understand the user intent bey…

Developer job and contest

We are a tech startup of young, passionate group of accomplished professionals (DDS, MD, Computer techies, MBA’s, entrepreneurs, graduate students etc) and we are looking to add another team member to our in-house team of developers. We present you with a straight-forward and fun competition as opposed to the classical, boring or even intimidating interview. The competition is to create a website where you would integrate the following key points:
- users can create user accounts (and accounts only get activated after users confirm their email address) - users can send messages to each other and be notified of new messages - users can set and agree on a suggested time and date for meetings on a shared calendar. Confirmations of scheduled meetings will be notified to both users in the system who have scheduled the meeting times. - API integrate a java game into the website (any pre-existing game) - Two users within the system can launch the API-integrated javascript game from within the onli…

CIBC tuition contest!

The award is not merit based and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in all programs. In addition to $20,000 from CIBC to use for school or student debt, it contains a whole host of other awards that make a student’s life easier such as a $7,500 scholarship from Scholarships Canada and an award for four years of textbooks.

Students can register for the 2014 contest here:

Registration is open until the end of the year and the winner is announced shortly thereafter.

Programmer at Ubiq

Ever have to fumble with cables to get a presentation started?
It is time to cut the cord with Ubiq ( As a key member of team Ubiq, you will be working on a presentation system that allows anyone to give one-click wireless presentations in meeting rooms in under 10 seconds. We started our pilot program 3 weeks ago, and more than 20 organizations have already ordered our devices for their meeting rooms. We are growing really fast and this is the right time to join our company! You will be fairly compensated and our goal is to make you a part of the core team for the long run.
Required Skills & Qualifications: ·Proficiency in one or more of C,C++, Python, Objective-C, and/or C# ·Experienced in building applications on a Unix-based platform ·Understanding of UI/UX design principles ·Experienced with integration of web-based APIs and software services such as Google Calendar and Active Directory ·Full time/ >20 hours a week
Please email us at: if you are in…

Designing and Building Windows 10

Wednesday | November 5th | 7:30 pm | DC 1301

Want to learn about how we design and build UI for an OS used by millions of people that updates regularly? Come learn about the new Windows 10 from two Waterloo alums working on its core UI features! We’ll talk about how we’re building Windows Store apps to work on the desktop, the way we’re using data in designing new multitasking features like Snap Assist, and give you a sneak peek at the new Continuum hybrid UI for 2-in-1 devices.

Computer Science Open Forum

Open Forum is a Q&A time to see how the Undergrad Computer Students are doing in their program, also with a Q &A time with Guest Speaker:

Howard Armitage from Conrad Business Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
Date of event: Wed. Nov. 5, 2014 Time: 3:30-5:00 PLACE: DC 1304 Cupcakes!

Engineer Position Software Engineer / Infrastructure Engineer(Network / Server / Database)

■ Software Engineer
Planning, designing and developing of new Web services, Maintenance and operation of existing Web services, Mobile or Smartphone Development.  

Tokyo HQ and branch offices within Japan

Free breakfast and lunch(Vegetarian meals available), Employee Stock Purchase Plan, discounted Membership to sports gyms ,Fitness club in office (Not free), Quiet library, Birthday Party, Numerous club activities, Options for housing, Overseas Conference & Training, Various social insurance coverage (Employees' Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Workers' Accident Compensation Insurance, and Employment Insurance)

Degrees in Computer Science or equivalent experience with skills shown below.

■ Minimum skills
Programming experiences in Java or PHP (Either of them is necessary)
Linux/Unix administration experience

■ Preferred skills
Major of Distributed computing, Machine learning, NLP, Database/search
Strong knowledge of algorit…

Usability Testing: a hands-on testing workshop on multiple screen sizes

Usability Testing: a hands-on testing workshop on multiple screen sizesAre you a UX Designer who is new to usability testing? Wondering how to upgrade your skills?
On November 4 from 3-5pm at the Design Exchange, Usability Matters will be running a workshop to teach you the skills to test your own designs on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. In this workshop, Usability Matters UX designers Adie MargineanuDale McRaeNick Crampton and Linn Vizard will teach you how to critically analyze a website, how to conduct a usability test, and how to avoid common mistakes when designing for the web. We'll also touch on the challenges of accessibility testing and how to ensure your designs meet the needs of people with varying abilities. Learn the basics, try your hand at administering a usability test, and present your findings back to the group! Usability Matters Inc Date: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (E…

CONNECT: EnAbling Change Design Competition

CONNECT: EnAbling Change is a provincial, post-secondary design competition exploring design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability, across all design disciplines.

Open to all Ontario post-secondary students in ALL design fields, project ideas that remove barriers for people with disabilities and promote greater inclusion are welcome. Inclusive digital, interactive and web design projects are encouraged.

Winners receive up to $2,000 and have their work included in an exhibition at Design Exchange in Toronto!

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Computer Programmer

DEPARTMENT: Medical Physics Department, Grand River Cancer Centre

POSITION: Full time Computer Programmer (contract term)

HOURS OF WORK: Monday – Friday

The computer programmer will be responsible for building graphical user interfaces using python language to integrate a variety of in-house computer codes. The person will be working with Medical Physicists in the development the software.

• A minimum of undergraduate degree in computer science or mathematics or a related program
• Strong mathematical skills background
• Excellent experience with python, web based programming, database, Matlab, etc.
• Excellent communication skills required
• Very good attendance and performance record required

To apply please submit your most recent résumé by email to: Dr. Ernest Osei, Head, Department of Medical Physics, Grand River Cancer Centre

Opportunity for Students and Researchers to Win $150K

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition - the largest biotech startup accelerator program in the world - to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win $150k in no-strings attached grant money (non-dilutive, no IP rights reserved) and free lab space to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Applications are now open until December 1st 2014. To learn more about the program and start building your team, visit

Undergraduate Computer Science Conference - CUCSC 2015 CCÉI


We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference/Congrès Canadien des Étudiants en Informatiques (CUCSC/CCÉI) will be held at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC from July 8th to 11th, 2015. This will be the first conference ever to be held in Canada directed towards undergraduate students interested in pursuing a vocation in computer science. This conference is an international event so we welcome people from around the world to participate and spread the word!
The CUCSC/CCÉI is a bilingual conference in English and French that will include keynotes presented by a diverse array of professions related to the computer science field including university professors from around the country, entrepreneurs and professionals in the industry. These talks will allow students to gain a broader view of what is beyond their school environment as well as a chance to connect with the larger comm…

Fall Open House Volunteer Information


We’re fresh into the middle of autumn, the perfect time to get ready and excited for Fall Open House on Saturday, November 1 from 10 am – 4 pm in Math 3!

High school students will be on campus looking to learn more about computer science and what Waterloo has to offer. We’re looking for volunteers to help set-up booths, guide tours, and answer any questions families may have.

Volunteers will receive a free lunch and a t-shirt.

Feel free to e-mail me if you’re interested in participating or have any questions.


Jonathan Tang | E-mail:

TA (marker) Job at Conestoga College

The Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science at Conestoga College requires an SQL assignment marker to grade 4 assignments during this semester. The course is an introductory SQL course, and many questions in the assignment are from Murach's MySQL.


Receive a ZIP file from the instructor after the assignment due date Grade each assignment for 28 students Assign a score, and write 2 or 3 sentences of feedback for each submissionSubmit graded assignments to the instructor electronically by the agreed date and time

Knowledge of SQL, Stored Procedures, Triggers, etc. in MySQL and MSSQL Ability to write feedback in comprehensible English Willingness to meet the instructor for coffee to review assignment details
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: December 8th
Hours: 10 hours per assignment, for 4 assignments (40 hours total)
Rate: $12 / hour ($480 for this term)

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Justin St-Maurice ( det…

Annual HIPE Evening in conjunction with HealthAchieve

Date: Monday November 3rd, 2014
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Elephant & Castle Pub (212 King St. W, Toronto, ON)
RSVP: COACH Event Site

Featured Speaker: Dr. Lynn Nagle, RN, MScN, PhD.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Nagle is recognized internationally for her work in informatics. The Founding President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, she has extensive experience with the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare. She has been teaching informatics to nurses and other health professionals for more than 20 years and has many publications and presentations to her credit and is in frequent demand for speaking engagements and workshops. In recognition of her many contributions over the years, she was the 2014 recipient of the CHIA Clinician Leadership award.

Looking for students for photo shoots

Hello! Amanda and I are looking for students to be in photo shoots on Oct 16 (morning) and 22 (late afternoon). If you have a student working with you who would be good for a photo shoot (45 mins to an hour), please let me know. We’re shooting some stock images of the campus and need lots of students.

Or if you have an opportunity to promote our website for student models (, that would be great, too!

Andrew Smith
Project Manager, Digital Communications
Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment
University of Waterloo
519-888-4567, ext. 35115

New MindSumo Computer Science Projects

Dear Students,

Please take a look at these Computer Science projects from MindSumo. MindSumo projects give you work experience from impressive companies and also have cash prizes for the brightest solvers.

Make our website hub an engaging destination for visitors by American Express ( ) - $1000 in prizes

Help deliver better targeted messaging to e-commerce consumers by Windsor Circle ( ) - $600 in prizes

How would you troubleshoot as a network engineer? By Cisco ( ) - $1000 in prizes

Group stoc…

CS Upper Year Info Night

Information on all fourth-year and optional third-year courses Differences among courses explained Advice on preparation for upper-year specialization (e.g. what courses to choose to prepare for graphics, AI) 
                    Wednesday, October 8                      4-~5:30pm, DC1304 
*Refreshments will be provided*

Hackfest 2014 (Nov. 7-8)

Dear Sir or Madam, Like the last couple of years, we would like to invite you and your students to register to Hackfest 2014 which will be held on November 7-8th. Hackfest is the largest computer security event in Quebec province with more than 600 attendees last year. This year we offer more than 25 conferences, including 3 Workshops, a 16 hours CTF of "King of the hill" type on Friday, November 7th. Also new this year the "Hackfest Party" which will bring together multiple challenges (mini CTF), workshops, DJ and beverages. This event will take place Saturday, November 8th at 19:00. CTF Hackfest 2014 (November 7th): This year, the classic CTF and War Games will be merged into one 16-hour long game. This new wargame will be a “King of the Hill” with two main objectives for the players, taking control of servers and maintaining access to continue gaining points during the whole night. Challenges for all tastes and skill levels will be available for all players t…

Career Advice Website for Computer Science Students

Hello Students!Looking for an internship or a full-time job? Major companies including Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook typically recruit full-time engineers and developers in the Fall. To aid your recruitment efforts, take advantage of - a free Q&A platform that allows you to anonymously ask any career-related questions. Questions like, "What's the secret of getting hired at Google?" or "What company pays the most to new Computer Science Graduates?" are all welcome!Try asking now! Sincerely,
Director of Business Development
Mobile: (408) 470-0442

OGS Applications for 2015-2016

A reminder to undergrads who are applying for graduate studies for next year that they do not need a separate application for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) that they intend to hold at Waterloo. Either the NSERC CGSM application will be used to evaluate you for an OGS or your graduate application will be used if you have not applied for an NSERC.

If applying to other universities for graduate studies, please be aware that the OGS competition is now internal to the institution so you must apply through each institution and follow their instructions and deadlines which may be different at each institution.

-- Margaret Towell
Graduate Studies
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 Ext. 34872