Applied Mathematics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Meet Eunice Chan, PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics

“I decided to come to Western for my graduate degree because I loved the environment, campus and people that I met when I was doing my undergraduate degree here at Western.”

Supervisor: Robert Corless

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
While doing my undergraduate thesis in Applied Mathematics, I completely fell in love with the topic that I was working on and decided to pursue it further, and what better way to learn more about the topic than to continue working with the same research group.

Do you engage in volunteer activities?
I am currently the head coach of the varsity table tennis team at Western. I am also volunteering at the Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity & Clinical Impact (MEDICI) at Western and helping them with some programming for their research project. Additionally, I am in contact with a Biochemistry group at Western about a potential research project that requires me to help with the machine learning aspect of the project.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
Yes, I have worked as a TA since I started graduate school. Working as a TA has benefited my academic career since it has allowed me to run tutorials and to interact with the undergraduate students. This interaction is vital in developing my ability to communicate mathematical ideas in a clear and concise manner to allow first or second-year undergraduate students to understand concepts that they may not necessarily grasp from the lectures.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I feel that everyone in our department is very supportive, from the students to the professors, and even our administrative staff. There is never a second where I feel that I cannot ask anyone from the department for help. This allows me to focus on my research and to continue to work hard to be successful.

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Program Length

  • 12 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • An absolute minimum grade average of a B+ (78%), calculated on courses taken in the last two years, is required for admission to our graduate programs. However, please note that most successful applicants have averages above 85%. (Percentages here are for North American grading systems. Different grading systems in other countries are taken into account.)
  • Before applying, you should decide on one or two areas of interest from our research areas. You will be asked to indicate on your application which research group you wish to join. Successful applicants are then assigned a temporary research supervisor from that group, with final supervisor decision made once the student is here and has a chance to talk to the group members. Note, however that some supervisors may not accept students in a given year -- if you have a specific person you wish to work with, please feel free to contact them directly.

English Language Proficiency

  • Foreign students from non-English speaking countries are expected to provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination scores [minimum acceptable score is 550 (paper based score), 213 (computer based score), 86 (internet-based score, with no individual score below 20) or 6.0/9 (IELTS Academic)]. The GRE is NOT required.

Application Deadline

  • September 1
  • January 1
  • May 1

Fields of Research

  • Biological and Materials Physics
  • Mathematical Biology and Dynamical Systems
  • Symbolic Computation and Differential Equations
  • Theoretical Physics