We in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics welcome you to the Department, whether you are majoring in one of our programmes, taking a course required by another programme, or taking a course for general interest. The faculty members in the Department value both the beauty and the utility of their discipline. They are dedicated to exploring and developing new ideas in mathematics and statistics, and to helping you to explore, understand, appreciate and make use of those ideas.
This Minicalendar is intended to help you with the practical side of your studies, in particular to assist you to choose the programmes and courses best suited to your needs and interests. You should read it in conjunction with the York Undergraduate Programmes Calendar, which contains the "official" legally binding University and Faculty regulations. However, there are some programme regulations which are new for this year and so are not in previous years' Calendars. Therefore, I urge you to fill out the updated checklist for the programme of your choice (see pages 33-42) before enrolling in courses.
You will know that York University, like all Ontario universities, is coping with financial cutbacks. This Department, like all others, has been forced to reduce the number of courses it offers. This means in particular that some courses are being offered jointly with Atkinson College, and are offered in the evening. The number of sections of the big courses is also being reduced. Some of you will not be able to get into your preferred section and may have a less attractive course schedule. Also, courses will be bigger on average, so it may be harder for you to get individual attention when you need it. In spite of these difficulties, we have tried our best to make sure that you can fulfill all the requirements of your degree programmes. If timetable or other problems prevent you from doing so, please seek the help of one of the people named below. They will do their best to help you solve your problems.
Appointments with faculty members may be made through the Department's Main Office in N520 Ross (736-5250) or the Undergraduate Programme Office in 227 Petrie (736-5248). Please feel free to direct appropriate concerns also to me. Appointments can be made with the Secretary to the Chair in N522 Ross (ext. 22555).
You will find that your course instructors and teaching assistants are eager to help when you encounter a problem in a course. If they can't resolve the problem you can approach one of the Undergraduate Programme Directors.
The ``best'' student in each of the year-levels 2, 3, and 4 in a Departmental programme is selected by a Departmental Committee. Their names are displayed permanently, as winners of the Irvine R. Pounder Award. Professor Pounder was one of the two founding members of the Department, and the award was established by the Department in 1990-91 on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth. The two Alice Turner Awards of $400 each, donated by Professor Alice W. Turner, the other founding member, and her friends, are awarded to outstanding Faculty of Arts majors in a Departmental degree programme, one to a third-year ordinary-degree candidate, and one to a fourth-year honours-degree or combined honours-degree candidate. The Moshe Shimrat Prizes are awarded from a fund established in memory of Dr. Moshe Shimrat, a former faculty member, by his family and friends. The fund is used to make awards to students in university and secondary school for interest and demonstrated ability in mathematical problem-solving. The G.R. Wallace Scholarship} is named in honour of the late G.R. Wallace, who was Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary of the Zurich Life Insurance Company at the time of his death, and is donated by his friends and family. This $1500 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in an honours programme in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing an actuarial career. (The Department may decide not to give out all prizes and awards in some years.)
This year, the faculty members and staff of the Department are contributing to a new scholarship endowment fund, in order that more awards can be made to good students. We expect new awards to be announced in the near future.
I wish you success in your studies, but above all I wish for you that you will share the excitement and enthusiasm that my colleagues feel for their subject.
George L. O'Brien
Chair of the Department