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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

Transcripts for Scholarship Competitions

All NSERC and OGS applicants must ensure that there are no incomplete grades (INC) or failed to completes (FTC) on their transcripts, or blank grades other than for the current term. All of these should be fixed before you order a transcript for a scholarship competition.

Transcripts can be ordered according to the specific instructions for each competition:

NSERC and OGS applicants are also advised to get feedback from their faculty referees on their research statement for these competitions. All applicants are advised to follow the instructions and guidelines for these applications very carefully as failure to do so can compromise the success of the application.

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

School of Planning short-term CS job

The School of Planning is looking for a student consultant for a short term project related to physical activity patterns in urban environments.  The student will be responsible for designing a software program that (1) simulates and graphically displays recreational travel routes in urban environments, taking into account physical constraints of the urban setting and characteristics of real, observed recreational travel routes, (2) quantifies physical and spatial characteristics of recreational travel routes. The time period of the project is between September- December 2014 with an hourly salary between $18-$20 CAD dependent on experience.

  Suitable applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  *   Previous experience writing code in Python and its application in ArcGIS
  *   Strong time management skills
  *   Ability to work independently and complete projects successfully

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail their resume, contact information for 3 references, and a …

University of Rochester Open House for Prospective Graduate Students in Biostatistics

Dear Program Director,

I am writing to bring to your attention an event that might be of interest to students in your undergraduate or Master's program. The Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester is hosting an Open House for prospective graduate students on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The global demand for professionals and academics with advanced training in the statistical sciences is extremely strong and continues to grow. This event will provide students potentially interested in graduate study in biostatistics and statistics with an opportunity to learn about our programs, to meet with current students, faculty, and program alumni, and to gain some perspective on the many career opportunities this exciting field has to offer.

I would be most grateful if you could please post the attached announcement and inform your colleagues and potentially interested students of this opportunity. For more information, students may contact ou…

Open House for Prospective Graduate Students

Learn about the numerous exciting career opportunities for people with advanced training in biostatistics and statistics. Students interested in Master's or Ph.D. programs in the statistical sciences are strongly encouraged to attend. 

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

University of Rochester
Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
School of Medicine and Dentistry
265 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY  14642

For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Cheryl Bliss-Clark at or 585-275-6684 or visit our website

Tenure-Track Faculty position at the University of Illinois at Springfield

The CS department at the University of Illinois at Springfield is hiring for one tenure-track position starting January 1st: (Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014). Although the job posting mentions a few areas we're focusing on, we're genuinely looking for good people in any area: please don't be deterred from applying if your research area isn't mentioned. We plan to open 2 additional lines in the spring for a September 2015 start. I recently got my PhD (in May 2012) from the University of Waterloo and just started here as a faculty member and am finding it a great fit for me so far. Feel free to e-mail me directly ( if you have any questions. John Champaign

Math Graduate Studies Information Session

Wednesday, September 17 4:30 – 6 pm | M3 3127 Free food included! Second, third and fourth year students are invited to learn about graduate studies in Computer Science and other math programs by attending this information session led by our faculty members. Learn about our Accelerated Masters option and how you can fast track your studies. See the attached for more details. For more information, please visit our website<>. We hope to see you there! Heather Steinmetz Recruitment Coordinator David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science University of Waterloo 519-888-4567, ext. 35144 Considering graduate studies at Waterloo? Speak with a Graduate Ambassador to find out about research groups, projects and more!

Yelp Tech Talk

Talk Topics: 
Engineering Manager Don L. speaks on: Small but Powerful! Tips & Tricks for Building a Feature-ful Android AppProduct Manager Ely L. speaks on: What does a Product Manager do? And why might I be interested?
Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Davis Centre - Colloquium 1302 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1

At our tech talk, we're providing food and drinks from Taco Farm and raffling off an iPad Mini w/Retina, so remember to bring your CS or engineering resume to get a raffle ticket!
     Talk Abstracts: 
We'll share some of the challenges we've encountered building Android features and how we solved them, from the way we maintain model consistency across pages to the way we style our app. What this "PM" thing is that you've heard about and why CS majors might be interested in the role?
     RSVP here.
If you’re interested in learning more about Yelp’s technical inn…


The 5th annual androidTO conference is taking place on October 30th at the MaRs Discovery District - this years' conference will attract over 300 developers (mobile and software) across Canada.

On October 30, 2014, we will continue to investigate cutting-edge developer tools and techniques that will deliver a new era of Android development. AndroidTO 2014 will feature some of the leading global names in Android, all focusing on how we, as a community, can leverage what’s next in terms of Android development - mobile, wearables, TV platforms and beyond - the Android-connected world will all be looked at, broken down, and defined over the course of one action-packed day.

Capital One Data Science Recruiting Event

Hi Mathies,

My name is Joan Qiu. I graduated from University of Waterloo last December, majored in Mathematical Finance and minored in CS and STAT, and I'm not working at Capital One as a Data Scientist. (Please don't close your email now- I'll keep it short.) We're having an info session at the Bomber this Tuesday (so yes - food will be provided). If you're interested in playing ping pong or foozball, and you're curious about Big Data or Hadoop, or if you're just curious of what we do at Capital One as Data Scientists, come to our info session!

When: September 9, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: The Bomber at SLC

Please email me at if you have any questions or concerns. Hope to see you there!

Palantir Technologies Information Session

Monday, September 15th
SCH - The Festival Room
Food will be provided: Mediterranean Monday!Please join Palantir engineers as they discuss the technical challenges of cyber security as well as what it’s like to work with clients. Food will be provided, and make sure to enter our raffle!View a live demo of our data fusion platforms, and learn how you can be a part of our mission. www.palantir.comWe are hiring!

Pearson coding contest

The Pearson Student Coding Contest is designed to reward Contestants who develop relevant, innovative, creative, functional, and original applications that integrate with the Pearson APIs. The 2014 Contest is open and limited to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate institution within the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Can you develop a learning tool that has a measurable impact on improving someone’s life? This year, we invite you to join us on our path to ensuring the efficacy of online learning tools. Efficacy in education is about ensuring the tools learners use are driving improvements in their learning. To find out more about Pearson’s efficacy program, visit:
What are some examples that show efficacy or a positive effect on learning? An application that:
Reduces wrong answersIncreases retention ratesRaises exam scoresAccelerates student advancementImproves student engagementImproves te…

MindSumo - Programming Challenges

Dear Students,

Please take a look at the newest MindSumo ( ) Computer Science challenges linked below. MindSumo challenges are a great opportunity to get work experience by applying the skills you're learning in classes, win cash prizes, and prove yourself to potential employers.

Use technology to optimize a system for measuring furniture ( ) - $1000 in prizes

Help design the next big Massively Multiplayer Online space game ( ) - $1000 in prizes

How would you troubleshoot as a Cisco Network Engineer? ( ) - $1000 in prizes

Any questions can be directed to

Direct Links:

2015-2016 NSERC and OGS Scholarship Competition

Undergraduate students planning to apply for graduate studies for Fall 2015 who meet the eligibility requirements and have a strong academic record should consider applying for the NSERC and OGS graduate scholarships.

Waterloo Scholarship Information Session:
Applicants should plan to attend ONE of the NSERC & OGS Information Sessions in the Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall. Information will be given about eligibility requirements, ordering transcripts, reference letters, and about the research proposal which is key to these applications.
  September 15, 2014  4:00 - 5:45
  September 18, 2014  5:00 - 6:45

2015-2016 NSERC CGS Master's or CIHR Master's
December 1, 2014  8:00 pm on the NSERC on-line portal.

For more information about eligibility requirements, ordering transcripts, references, and writing a strong application:…