CMS Math Camp

The Dal-CMS Math Camp iis jointly sponsored by Dalhousie University and the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). 

The goals are to identify, stimulate and encourage mathematical talent among Nova Scotia high school students.In addition, it will be an opportunity to introduce and attract potential Dalhousie students to our programs.

The Math camp consists of lectures and problem-solving sessions conducted by Faculty members from Dalhousie and Saint Mary's Universities and it also includes extracurricular activities.

For more information visit CMS Math Camp website.

Math Circles

NS Math Circles is a junior and senior high outreach program based out of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Dalhousie University. We are dedicated to enriching the experiences of Nova Scotia junior and senior high students in all areas of mathematics. Our program vision is to foster enthusiasm for mathematics through interactive, creative and meaningful presentations. Four years ago, we received a 4 year grant from the Imperial Oil Foundation to expand our program from local events to a province-wide outreach program. 

Once a month we hold local events at Dalhousie University, which include an interactive presentation by a graduate student or faculty member and a free pizza supper. The NS Math Circles team will also go into your classroom, free of charge, to give a fun, interactive presentation on an area of mathematics of your choice.

Visit the Math Circles website for a list of possible school presentation topics and for upcoming local events or contact our Program Director, Svenja Huntemann at 494-7036 or

Nova Scotia High School Math League

The Nova Scotia High School Math League is an intiative run by the Dalhousie University Mathematics and Statistics Department designed to stimulate and challenge high school students across the province. The NSML is based on the very successful Newfoundland Math League which has been running since 1987. The first game was run in Halifax in 2002 by Richard Hoshino and Sarah McCurdy. Since then there has been no looking back. At the end of the 2003-2004 season we had approximately 200 participants across three school boards.
It is an excellent venue for students to compete in a friendly manner and learn some mathematics in the process. Over the next years, we anticipate the NSML to expand to include additional school boards and eventually encompass the entire province.

Chebucto Community Net

CCN offers a variety of packages for affordable Internet access. No one is turned away for an inability to pay. Membership in the Chebucto Community Net Society gives you a vote in how we run Chebucto and offers other benefits as well. Chebucto also provides you with volunteer opportunities to enhance your Internet skills.

APICS competition for undergraduate students

The APICS Math competition is a mathematical problem solving competition written at the annual APICS Mathematics and Statistics meeting.

Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is an international contest administered by the Consortium on Mathematics and its Applications (CoMAP) and sponsored by CoMAP, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the National Security Agency (NSA) and others. Each team of three students is given two real-world problems, one involving the mathematics of continuous change and the other involving discrete mathematics.

The team picks a problem and works on it over an extended weekend. Their entry is a paper which applies mathematics to the problem and explains why they took their approach, how they tested their ideas and the limitations of their ideas. In 1999, a second contest, the Inter-disciplinary Contest in Modeling was introduced; the ICM does not offer a choice of problems, but the two contests are otherwise comparable.

Putnam Competition

The Putnam examination will be constructed to test originality as well as technical competence. It is expected that the contestant will be familiar with the formal theories embodied in undergraduate mathematics. It is assumed that such training, designed for mathematics and physical science majors, will include somewhat more sophisticated mathematical concepts than is the case in minimal courses.

Thus the differential equations course is presumed to include some references to qualitative existence theorems and subtleties beyond the routine solution devices. Questions will be included that cut across the bounds of various disciplines, and self-contained questions that do not fit into any of the usual categories may be included. It will be assumed that the contestant has acquired a familiarity with the body of mathematical lore commonly discussed in mathematics clubs or in courses with such titles as “survey of the foundations of mathematics.” It is also expected that the self-contained questions involving elementary concepts from group theory, set theory, graph theory, lattice theory, number theory, and cardinal arithmetic will not be entirely foreign to the contestant’s experience.

Statistics Consulting Services

The Consulting Service was established in 1974 by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics with the aim of providing professional consultation to researchers and graduate students. The consultant is Huaichun Wang, a Dalhousie Research Assistant.  

We welcome problems both from within Dalhousie University and from the government, business and scientific communities outside Dalhousie. Clients who need to collect and analyze data often find that there are many benefits to seeing a statistical consultant before collecting the data. When the experiment or survey incorporates statistical principles at the design stage, the analysis is usually simpler, cheaper and leads to more clearly defined conclusions. If the statistician is involved in the project from the beginning, it is easier to make adjustments during the course of the study, if necessary.

Once your experiment or survey has been designed and the data have been collected, many researchers overlook the exploratory stage of data analysis, which we can help with. If you need models developed, hypotheses tested, or help in understanding statistical methods, we would be pleased to assist you. We also have facilities for data entry, or if you already have the data entered we can accommodate many of the common data base and spread sheet programs' data files (e.g. Excel, DBase, SQL, etc). If you are planning on analyzing your data with your own software, R,SAS , SPSS or other packages, we can help you interpret the output.

Hours: By appointment only.

Terms: The consulting service operates on a fee-for-service basis as well as on a contract basis. Bills are due within 30 days of the invoice date. Graduate Students are eligible for a subsidy for the consultations, but not for data analysis.

Contact information: The Consulting Service office is located on the first floor of the Chase building, Room 115, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. For details on fees, or to make an appointment, call the Consulting Service (494-8850) or send an email to

Diagnostic Test

The diagnostic test is available for the general public and can be used to get a sense of how well prepared you are for a first year calculus course at Dalhousie University.

The test consists of a number of questions braodly covering a typical high school curriculum.  After taking the test there will be feedback about what your strengths and weaknesses are in the different subject matters.

Have fun testing yourself.