The School of Mathematics 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 in May. Our 2018 event saw our largest number of attendees to date, with 400 students joining the workshop.
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.
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.
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.
Female Ambassadors: With the introduction of our Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions in 2017, we established an Ambassador program for female members of the degree. The ambassadors become involved in the UNSW Science 50:50 and AMSI CHOOSE MATHS programs as mentors to secondary female students, and have the opportunity to be involved in outreach and publicity activities within the School.
Scholarships and prizes: The School offers Girls Do The Maths undergraduate scholarships for female mathematics majors, and the Paradice Honours 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