In the fall of 1999 and the winter of 2000 I worked with Elise Hug and Christine Cheng to investigate whether potential students were being deterred from attending Ontario universities for financial reasons. We found that they were, a finding that has since been confirmed by several other studies. Find out How University Tuition is Affecting the Socio-Economic Structure of the Entering Class of Ontario Universities.
During the summers of 1998 and 1999 I worked in Ottawa at the Communications Research Centre. The project was called The VirtualClassroom and investigated the use of communications technology in pedagogy. Working closely with John Spence, the program director, I had a lot of fun and learned quite a bit. I wrote a summary of our activities called How Can Computers Make Teaching and Learning Easier
In an effort to find out if I wanted to do mathematical research, I worked form John Brzozowski in the Computer Science department at the University of Waterloo during the summer of 2000. To find out more, read Algebras for Circuit Simulation.
While working on hazard algebras I took CS 720, a grad course in data structures. My research paper for the course was a cleaning up of a publications on multi-dimensional skip lists(postscript). In a neat twist, my prof was one of the researchers who showed that skip lists can be done deterministically.