Women in Mathematics and Statistics

The School of MatheLogo with female symbol and mathematical plotmatics and Statistics runs a Women in Mathematics and Statistics program, to support female staff and students and provide them with networking opportunities. Our activities include:

Girls Do The Maths workshops: The School has hosted our annual Girls Do The Maths workshops for female high school students since 2005. The workshop takes place annually. Our 2021 event was run in dual modality - with face-to-face and online versions - and saw our largest number of attendees to date, with approximately 530 students joining the workshops. 
We have also hosted mini Girls Do the Maths workshops for groups of female high school students as part of the L'Oreal Girls in Science Forum.

UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassadors and Public Lectures:

We established the UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador in 2016, as part of our Girls Do the Maths program. The main role of these female academics is to deliver an inspiring talk at the Girls Do the Maths workshop about their careers and area of mathematics. They are also invited to present a public lecture to a wider audience (uni students, staff members, school teachers, members of the public, etc.) about their research. See below for details of our current and past Ambassadors:

Our 2021 UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador is Dr Virginia Wheway, who is Vice President, Data and Analytics, at Koala. Dr Wheway, an influential data-focused executive with diverse skills and experience across numerous industries, delivered presentations at both the face-to-face and online 2021 Girls Do the Maths events. 

In September 2019, our UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador Professor Kate Smith-Miles from the University of Melbourne delivered a public lecture, "How maths can reveal the secrets in your face... No more lying about your age!". 

In May 2018, Professor Cheryl Praeger from the University of WA presented a public lecture called "Maths as a Superpower". She was presented with the 2018 UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador Award.

In May 2017, Professor Regina Burachik delivered a public lecture titled "Optimization Problems: A Gentle Tour". She was presented with the 2017 UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador Award. 

In May 2016, School alumnus and University of Georgia Professor Lynne Billard presented a public lecture on "The Role of Mathematics and Statistics in Science and Society". She was presented with the inaugural UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador Award by Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs.

Other public lectures by female academics

In October 2016, Executive Director of AMSI's Choose Maths, Inge Koch, delivered a talk at UNSW titled "An Australian Approach Towards Increasing the Participation of Women in Mathematics".

In May 2014, we were very pleased to host mathematical historian Prof. Karen Parshall from the University of Virginia, who gave a public lecture on Tuesday 27 May 2014, entitled "Becoming a Mathematician in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century America: The Women's Story".

Networking lunches: Women in Mathematics and Statistics lunches for female staff and students of the School are held at least twice a year. In May 2019, we celebrated the inaugural International Women in Mathematics Day

Women Ambassadors: With the introduction of our Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions in 2017, we established an Ambassador program for women enrolled in the degree. The ambassadors are involved in outreach and publicity activities within the School.

Scholarships and prizes: The School offers undergraduate scholarships for female mathematics majors, and the Women in Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship for female students entering an Honours year in mathematics. We also award Women in Mathematics and Statistics prizes for high performance by female students at each undergraduate level.

For more information, contact DoTheMaths@unsw.edu.au