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October 28, 2011 – Math students to show their research skills and network at Risk Forum

by Jessica Lewis — Friday, Oct 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 – Math students to show their research skills and network at Risk Forum

Left to right: Anne Dranovski, Richard Cerezo and Ekaterina Klyueva. Photo by Diana Tyszko.


October 28, 2011
By
Jessica Lewis

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto is taking an extra step with the education equation by setting up ways for undergraduate students to showcase their research, have their voices heard and network with professionals towards a successful future.

The Mathematics Union and the Fields Undergraduate Network will host a Risk Forum this weekend. It will include presentations from undergraduate students on their research as well as talks by leaders in the field such as John Hull of the Rotman School of Management, David Simchi-Levi of MIT and John Birge of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

"We have many students whose strong educational backgrounds are insufficiently displayed," says math student Anne Dranovski, head of the undergraduate side of the Risk Forum. "It's absolutely essential to know how you can apply and utilize your knowledge."

Students from multiple math, economics, statistics and computer science departments throughout Ontario will present their research on risk management and finance in the Canadian and global economies at the forum being held Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30 at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Richard Cerezo is a recent math alumnus who founded the Fields Undergraduate Network in July 2010. "It's important to note that risk has a very multi-disciplinary approach. There are so many things you need to know to be able to measure and quantify it. When you think about risk, what do you think of? Gambling maybe, or portfolio management. This is also a space where students can ask basic questions such as 'what is risk?' and 'why does it need so many approaches?'"

Dranovski, Cerezo and engineering science student Ekaterina Klyueva played a key role in organizing the forum. They stress how important it is to bring students together and see the world outside of school walls.

"We're promoting knowledge and U of T students who have something to say but don't have the opportunity to do that," says Klyueva.