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Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Years

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Consider taking science entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program or other summer research programs.
  • Start planning for your fourth-year seminar and select either a research or communications stream.
  • Look for research opportunities through the MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute or in the department.
  • Participate in the William Lowell Putnam Competition.

Final Year

  • Register in the honours Mathematics seminar and select an interesting topic of study or research.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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  • Join student clubs such as the Laurier Club of Computing, Physics and Mathematics (PHI), Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA), Prism Resources or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Participate in the Laurier Student Poll with data collection and market research.
  • Sign up for the Math Mentoring Program for additional support in your courses.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.

Middle Years

  • Seek part-time employment or volunteer opportunities in the Mathematics department or at the Math Assistance Centre, including Supplemental Instruction and Instructional Assistantship positions.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Attend the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) or the Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science (AMMCS) conference.
  • Join professional associations such as the Canadian Mathematical Society, Statistical Society of Canada, or the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

First Yearbrain

Middle Years

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Consider taking the science entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program or other summer research programs.
  • Look for research opportunities through the MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute or in the department.
  • Participate in the William Lowell Putnam Competition.

Final Year

  • Learn about the honours Mathematics seminar and select an interesting topic of study or research.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

First Yearspeech bubbles

  • Join student clubs such as the Laurier Club of Computing, Physics and Mathematics (PHI), Laurier Investment and Finance Association (LIFA), Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA), Prism Resources or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Participate in the Laurier Student Poll with data collection and market research.
  • Sign up for the Math Mentoring Program for additional support in your courses.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.

Middle Years

  • Seek part-time employment or volunteer opportunities in the Mathematics department or at the Math Assistance Centre, including Supplemental Instruction and Instructional Assistantship positions.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Attend the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) or the Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science (AMMCS) conference.
  • Get involved with the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) and the Society of Actuaries to learn about the ASA and FSA designations.
  • Join professional associations such as the Canadian Mathematical Society, Statistical Society of Canada, or the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Yearhead

Middle Years

Final Year

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.

Checklists

Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

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When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with degrees in Mathematics or Financial Mathematics.

Contact Us:

Roman Makarov, Department Chair

E: rmakarov@wlu.ca
Office Location: LH 3054C