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Scholarships available at University of Waterloo, Canada for IOI Medal Winners

By gconway - Posted on 06 December 2012

University of Waterloo

Faculty of Mathematics at the Univeristy of Waterloo in Canada (faculty website - is pleased to announce the new Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarship that is available to students who were medal winners at the IMO or IOI (either gold, silver or bronze).

This is a "full costs" scholarship that the Faculty of Mathematics is pleased to offer. This scholarship is open to all students (domestic and international) and all interested, eligible students are encouraged to apply. The application form is available online at: /funding-and-awards/entrance-scholarships The application deadline is February 11, 2013. The application form also applies to other Math Faculty Scholarships. Thus, if a qualified student is not successful with the Olympiad Scholarship they will automatically be considered for other scholarships.

The scholarship covers the following expenses for eight academic terms: full tuition, accommodations, a full meal plan, textbooks and also incidental fees. Eligible students need to apply to the Faculty of Mathematics and must meet the admissions requirements as well as the English language requirement (please visit: for more details). This will be an ongoing opportunity for qualified students for the next several years. In the first year the Faculty was very pleased to have 5 medal winners join our our Department. 

The Faculty offer many interesting and challenging programs in Mathematics and Computer Science which will interest high calibre students. Most of the programs are offered in two modes of study: regular and co-op. In the co-op mode students will begin their first paid work term after completing two academic terms (8 months). Once co-op begins, students will alternate between study and work terms until graduation. Co-op will provide students with up to 2 years of professional work experience and allow will them to see what awaits them in the job market. It also adds 1 year to the length of their studies, 4 years & 8 months instead of 3 years & 8 months as for the regular mode of study. Some students who know they want to go to graduate school choose the regular mode since it takes less time to complete their undergraduate degree. In the end, it is a personal choice based on whether or not students see enough value in the work experience component. Academically, the co-op and regular modes of study are identical.



Serge D'Alessio (
Associate Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo, Canada