The School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW runs a series of annual workshops called "Girls Do The Maths". These aim to provide an overview to female students near the end of their high school studies (years 11 and 12) who are interested in mathematics and want information about possible career directions involving mathematics.
Mathematics is a dynamic area of research in numerous fields such as biomedical research, statistical analysis and financial markets. Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the world around us. It is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science; with inference, deduction, and proof; and with mathematical models of natural phenomena, of human behaviour and social systems. What’s more, the muscles required for mathematics are of the intellectual kind! Want to know some more? The University of New South Wales holds this special workshop annually, to highlight some of the unique career and study opportunities mathematics can offer.
Read about one student's experience of the workshop, the Girls Do The Maths Scholarship recipient (2011), Dorothy Cheung.
This year's workshop was held on Friday 24 May 2013. The participants enjoyed a day packed full of information sessions and presentations. They also had a mini-tour of the School's facilities and were given the opportunity to socialise with speakers, current students and staff during lunch. Dr Katarina Mele from CSIRO and Ms Jessica Egan from Taylor Fry were the guest speakers, and the first and last talks of the day were "Glimpses of University Mathematics" presented by Dr Adelle Coster and Randell Heyman. The participants received a lot of information from A/Prof Robert Womersley's presentation on courses, degrees and careers, and Dr Frances Kuo's session on scholarships.
We hope that participants now feel more confident about their potential career and university choices.
We have had some great talks from our invited speakers in past workshops, including:
Yanan Fan (Coordinator)
Girls Do The Maths
School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW