Ryerson Faculty of Science - 5th Anniversary - 26
The Financial Mathematics
program has become
one of the faculty's most
sought after programs
Faculty of Science
PHOTO BY IAN PATTERSON
A Calculated Risk
IN 2013, HARJAS SINGH (BSc '17) took a risk and
enrolled in Ryerson's fledgling Financial
Mathematics program. "The program was in
its nascent stages," he recalls. "There was no
culture yet in the program essentially. There
were no seniors to look up to."
In a few short years, the Financial
Mathematics has grown by 200 per cent,
making it one of the most sought after
programs in the Faculty of Science. And Singh,
now a senior completing his undergraduate
degree, finds himself thriving in the open,
ambitious and supportive environment.
"I studied for a couple of years in India and
there were so many students, and so many
fewer professors, it was hard to actually make
a mark in that class. What I like about Ryerson's
program is that it's small and tightly knit. I've
had a lot of discussions with different faculty
members - not just about academics but about
extra-curriculars, research opportunities and
the industry. "
At Ryerson, Singh has consistently excelled
academically and also gives back to his
program by advising prospective students and
mentoring newcomers. Above all, he values
the many extra-curricular projects, roles and
experiences he has had the opportunity to be
involved with. These include:
* Annual participation in the venerable Rotman
International Trading competition since 2015
when the department sent its first team.
* Serving as president of the Financial
Mathematics course union in his third year.
* Receiving several scholarships including
the Howard H. Kerr Memorial Scholarship
and the Scotiabank International Scholarship.
* Spending a summer in Amsterdam on an
internship with Optiver.