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Monday, July 22, 2013



  • Calling all would-be Rhodes Scholars
  • #uWaterlooBEST campaign begins today
  • Letter to the Phillippians and other notes


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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Calling all would-be Rhodes Scholars


The Graduate Studies Office has sent out its annual reminder and explanation about the application process for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship supporting exceptional students at the University of Oxford in England. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. Applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship are assessed for their intellectual distinction, physical vigour, character, commitment to service, and leadership.

Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the full.

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be domiciled in Canada and have been born between October 2, 1989 and October 1, 1995. Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree before taking up the scholarship. Candidates may apply either in the province in which they are ordinarily resident (some exceptions apply) or in the province in which they have attended university.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to familiarize themselves with the complete and official scholarship criteria and apply using the online application.

As the Rhodes Scholarship application process is online, students may request an official electronic copy of their Waterloo transcript from Heidi Mussar. Candidates who are endorsed by the University and subsequently shortlisted for an interview at Rhodes will be required to provide an original transcript, sealed and stamped by the University.

All candidates applying through the University of Waterloo must participate in an internal screening process and earn the endorsement of the University President. Therefore, Waterloo candidates must submit a hard copy of their application to Heidi Mussar in the Graduate Studies Office no later than September 6th, 2013.

Six letters of reference are required as part of the Rhodes Scholarship application. Once a candidate has registered their referee details in their online application, the Rhodes Trust will email referees to advise them how to submit their letters of appraisal online. Candidates must also ask their referees to email a copy of their reference letter to Heidi Mussar at in the Graduate Studies Office no later than September 6th.

Applicants selected for the Waterloo interview will be contacted by email by Friday, September 13, 2013. The University Scholarship Selection Committee will then determine which applicants will be endorsed by the university and will organize a supporting letter to be signed by the President of the University of Waterloo.

Applications and reference letters must be filed online through the website for the Rhodes Trust in Oxford no later than October 18th, 2013. It is strongly advised that Waterloo candidates do not actually submit their online application to Rhodes until they have been contacted by the Graduate Studies Office and have undergone the university interview process. The University of Waterloo's authorization code is "ON057".

Questions should be directed to Heidi Mussar.


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Starting today and for the next five weeks, you get to decide what's best.

The "Best of Waterloo" campaign, a collaborative effort led by social media teams across campus, will see @uWaterloo and other area-specific Twitter handles pose two questions about campus life per week, and it's up to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all stakeholders weigh in with the answers.

"In the pre-historic period," said a cheeky Aaron Miller, one of the campaign's quarterbacks, in reference to the bizarre and dimly remembered pre-Twitter era, "students had to find the best of on-campus and off-campus living for themselves. We want to change that. With the campus community's help, we're going to surface the best spots on and near campus for student living, student activities, studying, and things like that. Should be fun, and it'll be a big help to incoming students, as well."

When the campaign concludes, Miller and his colleagues will collate the data provided by campus, and a "Best at Waterloo" summary will run in the Daily Bulletin to help students bypass the trial-and-error usually involved in getting acclimated to new surroundings. "It's actually a cool little pilot project to assist with Orientation," said Miller. "Should help incoming students feel a bit more aware of their surroundings."

So with no further ado, here is Question #1 of 10:

"What is the best classroom/lecture theatre on campus?"

Tweet your answers with the hashtag #uWaterlooBEST, and share some of that hard-earned wisdom you've accumulated during your time at Waterloo.

It's for the best. (Sorry, had to. - The Editors)


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A Letter to the Phillippians and other notes


For those of you who like to use Phillip Street, take heart - the date for the street's reopening after extensive construction work is Wednesday, July 24. Phillip has been closed since late April for reconstruction.

Hours of operation for the Libraries will be changing for exam time, which runs from July 21 to August 17 inclusive. The Davis Centre library is open 24 hours except closed Sundays from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. The Dana Porter Library is open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

During the exam period, service desks and related services will be closed at regular times. There will be attendants at the Davis Centre Library for security purposes, and staff will monitor for noise, cell phone use, and hot foods that are not permitted in the library. On the last day of extended hours, August 17, the Davis Centre will close at midnight and Porter will close at 11:00 p.m. Throughout the Intercession (Sunday August 18 - September 8 inclusive), both the Davis Centre and the Porter will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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Link of the day

Dooner's Spay

When and where

The Computer Science Club presents Gavriel State, Nicolas Capens, TransGaming, Inc., “The Future of 3D Graphics is in Software!” Monday, July 22, 5:00 p.m., MC 4020. Details.

UWSA special general meeting, Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., PHY 145. Details.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, July 25, SLC lower level, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VeloCity Demo Day and Venture Fund Finals, Thursday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

ChemEd 2013 conference, Sunday, July 28 to Thursday, August 1. Details.

WatRISQ seminar featuring Roger Lee, associate professor of mathematics, University of Chicago, "Variance Swaps on Time-Changed Markov Processes," Monday, July 29, 4:00 p.m., M3 3127.

QKD Summer School 2013, Monday July 29 to Friday, August 2, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

Spring Term lectures end, Tuesday, July 30 (which is a Monday class schedule).

Pre-examination study days, Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5.

Civic Holiday, Monday, August 5, university closed.

Drop, Penalty 2 Period ends, Monday, August 5.

3rd Annual Conference on Quantum Cryptography, Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

On-campus examinations begin, Tuesday, August 6.

Online class examination days, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

On-campus examinations begin, Tuesday, August 6.

Online class examination days, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

UWRC Book Club featuring Sebastian Barry's "The Secret Scripture," Wednesday, August 21, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

PhD Oral Defences

Physics and Astronomy. Bryan Gillis, "Measuring the Environmental Dependence of Galaxy Haloes with Weak Lensing." Supervisor, Michael Hudson. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Monday, July 29, 2:00 p.m., PHY 352.

German. Belinda Kleinhans, "Mit Texttieren jenseits der Grenze des Schweigens sprechen. Sprachkrise, Machtdiskurse, une eine Poetologie des Offenen in der deutschsprachigen Nachkriegsliteratur am Beispiel Wolfdietrich Schnurres, Günter Eichs und Ilse Aichingers." Supervisor, Alice Kuzniar. On deposit in the Faculty of Arts graduate office, PAS 2434. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 11:00 a.m., MC 2009.

Chemistry. Rajesh Tripathi, "Novel High Voltage Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries." Supervisor, Linda Nazar. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 2:30 p.m., C2 361.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Zhenyu Cui, "Martingale Property and Pricing for Time-homogenous Diffusion Models in Finance." Supervisors, Carole Bernard, Don McLeish. On display in the Faculty of Mathematics graduate office, MC 5090. Oral defence Tuesday, July 30, 2:00 p.m., M3 3127.


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