June 12 - 13, 2003, Edmonton, Alberta

Format -- Eligibility -- Accommodation -- Abstracts
Block Schedule

Sponsored by:

Canadian Mathematical Society

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta

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The CMS Committee for Women in Mathematics, in cooperation with the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, is organizing a workshop for women graduate students in the mathematical sciences at Canadian universities, which will take place just before the CMS Summer 2003 meeting. The workshop is scheduled to be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13th, with an introductory dinner and talk on Wednesday evening, June 11th.

Fifty women will be selected to participate in the workshop, on the basis of their applications. They will be attending plenary talks in mathematics, and panel and small group discussions on issues of career development and balancing career and personal and family life. Each participant will be expected to give 15 min. presentation on their research interests. Afterwards, the participants may wish to remain for the CMS Summer 2003 meeting. For information on registration fees for that conference, please go to

Women graduate students in the mathematical sciences at Canadian universities are invited to apply through this website. All applications should include:

  1. A statement of interest (max.500 words)
  2. A title and short abstract of their talk (max. 100 words)
  3. At least one letter of support, including one from the student's supervisor. Letters should be send by email to the chair of the organizing committe, Malgorzata Dubiel, at, with CWiMAC and the applicant's name on the subject line.

The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2003. Selected participants will be notified by April 1st, 2003.

Registration fee: $100 (includes meals)

Participants and organizers will be staying at the St. Joseph's residence of the University of Alberta. The booking should be made through Shirley Mitchell, Program Facilitator/Executive Assistant, PIMS site at the University of Alberta
Ph: (780) 492-4308.

All the rooms at this residence are single rooms. The price is $33.60 per night (taxes included), and this includes breakfast.

Organizing Committee:
Malgorzata Dubiel, Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University
Rachel Kuske, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia
Judith J McDonald, Department of Mathematics, Washington State University
Leah Keshet, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia
Ortrud Oellermann, Department of Mathematics, University of Winnipeg
Dorette Pronk, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Dalhousie
Gerda de Vries, Department of Mathematics, University of Alberta
Susan Cooper, Department of Mathematics, Queens University
Mateja Sajna, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa

The workshop is supported by a CMS Endowment Grant and a grant from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.


Plenary I
An academic career: a fantastic opportunity to mix harmoniously teaching and research,
Christiane Rousseau, Université de Montréal

In my whole life I have always been involved with popularization of mathematical research. I have done this through mathematics lectures and/or math camps for college and undergraduate students, and also through a course "Mathematics and technology" for future secondary school teachers. I will explain briefly how I choose my themes which are not at all limited to my research area, i.e. dynamical systems. Under each theme there is always an underlying message, whose scope is much wider than the theme treated in the lecture. This interest in popularization of mathematical research has joined and enriched my own research interests in dynamical systems. One fundamental problem in dynamical systems is to understand the "type" of equilibrium points. One method is to use change of coordinates bringing a dynamical system to a "normal form" whose equilibrium points are well understood. However in many cases the changes of coordinates to normal form given by power series diverge generically. I am now working to understand the "meaning" of a divergent change of coordinates, and why we should expect divergence to be the rule and convergence the exception.

Plenary II
Mathematical Versatility,
Priscilla Greenwood, Arizona State University and UBC

In this talk I will share some thoughts about mathematics as a choice of mental training and outlook. The message will be that a mathematician can weave into her professional tapestry whatever interests her next. She can be versatile throughout her life. My own current choice is the mathematics of the genome, and I will dwell mostly on why this topic fascinates me.

Block Schedule:

Connecting Women in Mathematics Across Canada

University of Alberta in Edmonton
Time Wednesday
June 11th
June 12th
June 13th
8:30-9:00   Registration   8:30-9:00
9:00-9:15 Panel II:
Career Strategies:
How to Survive a
Graduate School
and Get a Job You Want
9:15-9:30 Opening 9:15-9:30
9:30-10:30 Plenary I 9:30-10:30
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break 10:30-11:00
11:00-12:30 Panel I:
Balancing a Career
and a Personal and
Family Life
Small group discussions:
Panel II follow-up
12:30-14:00 Lunch 12:30-14:00
14:00-15:00 Presentations Presentations 14:00-15:00
15:00-15:30 Wrap-up 15:00-15:30
15:30-16:00 Refreshment break   15:30-16:00
16:00-17:00 Small group discussions:
Panel I follow-up
18:00-19:00 Plenary II 18:00-19:00
19:00-21:00 Dinner
St. Joseph's residence
Dinner 19:00-21:00

Application Form