Dear IOI Contact:

My name is Serge D'Alessio and I'm the Associate Dean in charge of Undergraduate Admissions for the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada (faculty website - The purpose of this email is to inform you of our Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarship that we have available for students who have medalled at either the IMO or IOI (i.e. won gold, silver or bronze) in 2017, or earlier, and who will be starting university in the fall of 2018. 

Since 2012, the Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarship has helped attract a total of 24 IMO/IOI medallists to Waterloo. These outstanding students from Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine have chosen Waterloo for undergraduate studies in our Faculty.

This is a "full cost" 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: The application deadline is February 5, 2018. 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 Olympiad 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 online to the Faculty of Mathematics through the Ontario University Application Centre: and must meet our admissions requirements as well as our English language requirement (please visit: for more details). For more information regarding admissions please visit:

We offer many interesting and challenging programs in Mathematics and Computer Science which will interest high calibre students. Most of our 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 provides students with up to 2 years of paid professional work experience which will allow them to see what awaits them in the job market. It also adds 1 year to the length of their studies, 4 years and 8 months compared to 3 years and 8 months in 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. 

If you are aware of students that might be interested please feel free to pass this information along, or have them contact me directly. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide in helping us identify potential recipients for the coming 2018 academic year.

Serge D'Alessio.

Serge D'Alessio - Ph.D. & P.Eng.
Professor and
Associate Dean - Admissions & Outreach
Office of the Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1
Office: MC 6212
phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 35014
fax: 519-888-4302