Stephen Melczer

Position as of Fall 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Mathematics 

BSc in Math, Simon Fraser University (2012)
- Goel Memorial Scholarship (2011)
- USRA Research Prize (2011)
- Governer General's Silver Medal for Academic Excellence (2012)

MSc in Math, Simon Fraser University (2014)
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters (2012)

PhD in Computer Science, École normale supérieure de Lyon (2017)
PhD in Computer Science, University of Waterloo (2017)
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (2014)

In my experience, SFU is a great school filled with friendly and enthusiastic people.  During my undergrad at SFU I was able to participate in three government funded summer research projects in three different areas of mathematics (optimization, computer algebra, and combinatorics); my Masters work, supervised by Marni Mishna, ultimately focussed on topics inspired by those projects.  During my time at SFU, the mathematics department provided funding to attend conferences and workshops across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Furthermore, because of my supervisor’s connections I was able to undertake several research stays in Paris, with the longest trip lasting 4 months.  This travel and international collaboration led me to a joint PhD program, which was undertaken half in Ontario and half in France.  The great friendships I made, interesting research conducted by professors, well taught courses, and generous student support all influenced my decision to stay at SFU beyond undergrad.