School of Mathematics and Statistics - Honours Coordinator
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/category/author/honours-coordinator
enHonours in Quantitative Data Science
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/honours-data-science
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Honours in Quantitative Data Science is intended for students who have completed the Quantitative Data Science stream in program 3959, the <a href="/futurestudents/data-science-and-decisions" target="_blank">Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions</a>. It is also open to other students from other programs with a suitable mix of undergraduate courses. </p>
<p>Below you can find some specific information about Quantitative Data Science Honours.</p>
<p>For other information about doing Honours in <span style="font-size: 12.96px;">Quantitative Data Science, see the <a href="https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/honours-mathematics-and-statistics">Honours Page</a>.</span></p>
<h3>Honours Coordinator – Quantitative Data Science</h3>
<p>Dr Clara Grazian<br /> Email: <a href="mailto:c.grazian@unsw.edu.au">c.grazian@unsw.edu.au</a><br />Phone: 9385 7475<br />Office: Rm 2056, Red Centre (Centre Wing)</p>
<p>If you have any questions about the Honours year, please don't hesitate to contact the Honours Coordinator.</p>
<h3>Quantitative Data Science Project Areas</h3>
<p>The following are suggestions for possible supervisors and honours projects in Quantitative Data Science. Other projects are possible, and you should contact any potential supervisors to discuss your options.</p>
<p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-boris-jean-eudes-beranger" target="_blank">Boris Beranger</a></p>
<ul><li>
<p>Extreme value theory</p>
</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-rohitash-chandra" target="_blank">Rohitash Chandra</a></p>
<ul><li>Bayesian neural networks</li>
<li>Deep learning</li>
<li>Machine learning</li>
<li>Earth and climate data science</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-feng-chen" target="_blank">Feng Chen</a></p>
<ul><li>Spatio-temporal data analysis</li>
<li>Inference with incomplete data</li>
<li>Statistical computation</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://web.maths.unsw.edu.au/~josefdick/" target="_blank">Josef Dick</a></p>
<ul><li>
<p>Approximation properties of neural networks</p>
</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-gery-geenens" target="_blank">Gery Geenens</a></p>
<ul><li>Nonparametric and semiparametric density estimation</li>
<li>Nonparametric and semiparametric regression, in particular binary regression</li>
<li>Functional data analysis</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-clara-grazian" target="_blank">Clara Grazian</a></p>
<ul><li>Bayesian statistics</li>
<li>Clustering</li>
<li>Spatio-temporal modelling</li>
<li>Applications in genomics, cyber-security, ecology, finance</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-jeya-jeyakumar" target="_blank">Jeya Jeyakumar</a></p>
<ul><li>Optimization based decision-making under data uncertainty</li>
<li>Data-driven robust optimization</li>
<li>Global optimization and data classification</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-pavel-krivitsky" target="_blank">Pavel Krivitsky</a></p>
<ul><li>Social network analysis</li>
<li>Analysis of blockchain data</li>
<li>Statistical computing</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-maarit-laaksonen" target="_blank">Maarit Laaksonen</a></p>
<ul><li>Burden of disease</li>
<li>Appropriate disease burden methods</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://web.maths.unsw.edu.au/~lafaye/" target="_blank">Pierre Lafaye de Micheaux</a></p>
<ul style="font-size: 12.96px;"><li>Dependence measures</li>
<li>Neuro-imaging genetics</li>
<li>Data science for IoT</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/associate-professor-guoyin-li" target="_blank">Guoyin Li</a></p>
<ul><li>Optimisation methods in machine learning</li>
<li>Optimisation under data uncertainty</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-jake-olivier" target="_blank">Jake Olivier</a></p>
<ul><li>
<p>Making sense of naturalistic driving study data</p>
</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://web.maths.unsw.edu.au/~spiro/" target="_blank">Spiridon Penev</a></p>
<ul><li>Inference about expectiles</li>
<li>Optimal capital allocation</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-vera-roshchina" target="_blank">Vera Roshchina</a></p>
<ul><li>Projection methods for machine learning</li>
<li>(Higher-order) Voronoi diagrams for data analysis </li>
<li>Conic programming and semidefinite optimisation for data science</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-moninya-roughan" target="_blank">Moninya Roughan</a> (co-supervisor)</p>
<ul><li>Oceanography</li>
<li>Big data and time series</li>
<li>Correlated variables</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-amandine-schaeffer" target="_blank">Amandine Schaeffer</a> (co-supervisor)</p>
<ul><li>Environmental drivers of marine heatwaves</li>
<li>Understanding biological productivity in the ocean: statistical model from in-situ glider observations</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-scott-anthony-sisson" target="_blank">Scott Sisson</a></p>
<ul><li>Bayesian inference</li>
<li>Computational statistics</li>
<li>Variational methods</li>
<li>Likelihood-free/indirect methods</li>
<li>Symbolic data analysis</li>
<li>Extreme value theory</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-mircea-alexandru-voineagu" target="_blank">Mircea Voineagu</a></p>
<ul><li>Developing mathematical methods of topological data analysis</li>
<li>Applications of topological data analysis for genetic and clinical data</li>
</ul><p><a href="https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-david-iain-warton" target="_blank">David Warton</a></p>
<ul><li style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: inherit;">Analysis of large spatial datasets</span></li>
<li style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: inherit;">High-dimensional data analysis</span></li>
<li style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: inherit;">Simulation-based inference</span></li>
<li>For more, see <a href="http://www.eco-stats.unsw.edu.au/opportunities.html">UNSW Eco-Stats</a> projects ideas</li>
</ul></div></div></div>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 05:00:37 +0000z34853675394 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auPast Students: Pre-2014
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/past-honours-students-pre-2014
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h3>Past Honours Students: Pre-2014</h3>
<h4>Applied Mathematics Students</h4>
<ul><li>Erika Degens (2013), with Thanh Tran, "Spherical splines".</li>
<li>Alec Gilbert (2013), with Gary Froyland, "Continuous-time dynamical systems: the infinitesimal generator approach and applications".</li>
<li>Timothy Siu (2013), with John Roberts, "(Piecewise) linear dynamics restricted to lattices".</li>
<li>Elias Istanbouli (2012) with John Roberts, "Discrete dynamical systems with non-constant parameters".</li>
<li>Ellese Cotterill (2011, University Medal) with Adelle Coster, "Molecular diffusion on membrane manifolds".</li>
<li>Isaac Donnelly (2011) with Bruce Henry, "Selfish routing and the price of anarchy on complex systems".</li>
<li>Ian Ting (2011) with Mark Holzer, "Transport in atmosphere and ocean".</li>
<li>Wei Wu (2011) with Rob Womersley, "Hedging an option portfolio using conditional value at risk".</li>
<li>Daniel Cramsie (2010) with Bruce Henry, "Random Walks on Fractal Lattices".</li>
<li>Andrew Duong (2010) with Vaithilingam Jeyakumar, "Portfolio optimization under uncertainty: A robust approach".</li>
<li>Hugh Macfarlane (2010) with Rob Womersley, "Covariance matrices for portfolio optimisation utilising random matrix theory for eigenvalue filtering". </li>
<li>Suzanna Rona (2009) with Bruce Henry, "Turing pattern formation with chemotaxis".</li>
<li>Sittisede Polwiang (2008) with Adelle Coster, "Synchronization of cardiac sinoatrial node cells: coupled biological oscillators".</li>
<li>Michelle Dunbar (2007) with Vaithilingam Jeyakumar, "Optimisation approaches to simultaneous classification and feature selection".</li>
<li>Amy Kwon (2007) with Bruce Henry, "Mathematical modelling of Amyloid beta plaque deposits in Alzheimer's Disease".</li>
<li>Ognjen Stancevic (2007) with Gary Froyland, "Transfer operator methods in continuous time dynamical systems".</li>
<li>Douglas Chew (2006) with Bruce Henry, "Multifractal Analysis of Biomedical Datasets".</li>
<li>Gina Choutis (2006) with Gary Froyland, "Stochastic Price Modelling for Mine Optimisation".</li>
<li>Ambros Gleixner (2006) with Gary Froyland, "Integer programming formulations, various solution techniques, and application to the open pit mine production scheduling problem".</li>
<li>Tomasia Kulik (2006) with Peter Blennerhassett, "General non-linear mathematical theory of fluid flow through a porous medium".</li>
<li>Scott Rowe (2006) with Jason Middleton, "The Canberra easterly and deeply penetrating sea-breezes".</li>
<li>Tony Siu (2006) with Rob Womersley, "Application of Quasi Monte-Carlo Methods to Financial Price and Hedging".</li>
<li>Lit-Hau Tan (2006) with Chris Tisdell, "Investigations Into Dynamic Equations on Time Scales".</li>
<li>Danny Wong (2006) with Rob Womersley and John Evans (Actuarial Studies), "Quantifying Operational Risk in the Aust. Banking Environment".</li>
<li>John Ormerod (2003) with Vaithilingam Jeyakumar, investigated semidefinite programming approaches to data mining problems.</li>
</ul><h4>Pure Mathematics Students</h4>
<ul><li>Peter Ayre (2013) with Fedor Sukochev, "Double operator integrals and operator Lipschitz estimates".</li>
<li>Nicholas Bouzanis (2013) with Denis Potapov, "Double operator integrals and operator monotone functions".</li>
<li>Jason Ng (2013) with Peter Brown, "Reciprocity".</li>
<li>Steve Siu (2013) with Daniel Chan, "K-theory and the Adams operators".</li>
<li>Georgia Tsambos (2013) with Gary Froyland, "Asymptotic properties of piecewise expanding transformations".</li>
<li>Kirsten Vo-Phuoc (2013) with Michael Cowling, "Gauge theories and their mathematical formulations".</li>
<li>Elizabeth Alford (2012) with Thomas Britz, "Extending shortest-path algorithms".</li>
<li>Joel Beeren (2012) with David Harvey, "Elliptic curves and factorisation".</li>
<li>Matthew Brassil (2012) with Daniel Chan, "Geometric invariant theory".</li>
<li>Dean Garden (2012) with David Harvey, "Rationality of the zeta function of a hypersurface over a finite field".</li>
<li>Richard Tierney (2012) with Michael Cowling, "Rigidity of coset-preserving maps on nilpotent Lie groups".</li>
<li>Anthony Christie (2011) with Daniel Chan, "Classification of simple plane curve singularities and their Auslander-Reiten quivers".</li>
<li>Randell Heyman (2011) with Michael Cowling, "Modular forms and the sum of four squares".</li>
<li>Corey Lewis (2011) with Catherine Greenhill, "Models of the web graph".</li>
<li>Anthony Morris (2011, University Medal) with Tony Dooley, "The ergodic approach to Szemeredi's theorem and beyond".</li>
<li>Jessica Egan (2010) with Ian Doust, "Semigroups of composition operators".</li>
<li>Nicholas Fewster-Young (2010) with Chris Tisdell, "Topological theory and its applications".</li>
<li>Guy Flint (2010) with Fedor Sukochev, "Extensions of the Dixmier approximation theorem to algebras of unbounded operators".</li>
<li>Daniel Gow (2010) with Teresa Bates, "C*-algebras associated to directed graphs and labelled graphs".</li>
<li>Stephen Sanchez (2010) with Ian Doust, "Central sections of high-dimensional bodies".</li>
<li>Simon Sillitoe (2010) with Norman Wildberger, "Hypergroups and graphs associated to finite hyperbolic planes".</li>
<li>Daniel Smyth (2010) with Daniel Chan, "Finitely generated powerful pro-p groups".</li>
<li>Chin Pin Wong (2010, University Medal) with Fedor Sukochev, "Comparing Sums of Random Variables - the Operator K Approach".</li>
<li>Oliver Nunn (2009) with Tony Dooley, "Entropy balance methods for heat equations with a stochastic heat supply".</li>
<li>Stephen Ozvatic (2009) with Daniel Chan, "Factorisation theory in a non-commutative algebra".</li>
<li>Etienne Chan (2008) with Marek Rutkowski, "Predictable representation properties".</li>
<li>Michael Leeming (2008) with Astrid an Huef, "Upper multiplicities in C*(p4gm).</li>
<li>Libo Li (2008) with Marek Rutkowski, "Girsanov-type theorems and their applications".</li>
<li>Charles Qin (2008, University Medal) with Ben Goldys and Bernard Wong, "Probabilistic approach to gradient estimate for backward Kolmogorov equations".</li>
<li>Louise Wilkinson (2008) with Tony Dooley, "Ergodic theory of Bratteli-Vershik systems".</li>
<li>Boris Lerner (2007) with Daniel Chan, "The Brauer-Manin obstruction to the Hasse principle".</li>
<li>Koushik Panda (2007, University Medal) with Daniel Chan, "Twisted Rings of Differential Operators on the Projective Line and the Beilinson-Bernstein Theorem".</li>
<li>Beren Sanders (2007, University Medal) with Ian Doust, "The Busemann-Petty Problem in Convex Geometry".</li>
<li>Mandy Seet (2007) with James Franklin and Peter Brown, "Elliptic Curve Cryptography: Improving the Pollard-Rho Algorithm".</li>
<li>Cris Koch (2006) with Catherine Greenhill, "Term rewriting approaches to polycyclic group collection".</li>
<li>Maike Massierer (2006) with James Franklin and Richard Buckland, "Provably secure cryptographic hash functions'".</li>
<li>Hoi-man Kiang (2005) with Jie Du, "Kazhdan-Lusztig left cells in the symmetric group".</li>
<li>Ka-shu Wong (2004) with Catherine Greenhill, "The complexity of counting".</li>
<li>Erika Davies (2003) studied non-standard analysis with David Tacon.</li>
<li>Ronny Lan (2003) did his thesis in operator theory with Ian Doust.</li>
<li>Rupert McCallum's thesis (2003) "Free groups in SL(n,Q)" was written under the supervision of Michael Cowling.</li>
<li>Antony Orton (2003) worked with Daniel Chan on a project called "Algebraic geometry and the generalization of Bezout's theorem".</li>
<li>Petrina So (2003) completed an Honours year at UNSW after finishing a mathematics degree in Auckland. Petrina's thesis was on the safety of RSA cryptography, written under the supervision of Dennis Trenerry.</li>
<li>Kevin Sun (2003) received a University Medal for his thesis which linked combinatorics and group representation theory. His thesis was supervised by Tony Dooley.</li>
</ul><h4>Statistics Students</h4>
<p> </p>
<ul><li>Aaron Blackwell (2013) with William Dunsmuir, "Multiple independent time series with random effects".</li>
<li>Victor Chan (2013) with Ben Goldys and Donna Salopek, "Indifference pricing of derivatives using power utility".</li>
<li>Alvin Huang (2013) with Zdravko Botev, "Rare-event probability estimation via empirical likelihood maximization".</li>
<li>Pengxi Chen (2012) with William Dunsmuir and Feng Chen, "PIT residual diagnostics for count time series models".</li>
<li>But-Elle Hatooka (2012) with Spiridon Penev, "Higher order coherent risk measures and their role in risk-averse optimization".</li>
<li>Francis Hui (2011) with Gery Geenens, "A discourse on conditional independence in two-way contingency tables".</li>
<li>Iao Fong Leong (2011) with Yanan Fan, "Optimal selection of summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation".</li>
<li>Eric Lu (2011) with Feng Chen, "Conditional intensity models for the occurrence of earthquakes".</li>
<li>Aaron Byrnes (2010) with Gareth Peters, "Estimation and modelling of heavy-tailed operational risk exposures with insurance mitigation".</li>
<li>Joseph Chammas (2010) with William Dunsmuir, "Approximate MLE methods for the discrete time stochastic volatility model".</li>
<li>Chris McKendry (2010) with William Dunsmuir, "GLARMA likelihood estimation for multiple time series including random effects".</li>
<li>Gary Ngo (2010) with Feng Chen, "Filtering applications in stochastic finance: approximate particle filters using Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods".</li>
<li>Gordana Popovic (2010) with Scott Sisson, "The application of the posterior coverage property to the selection of the scale parameter in approximate Bayesian computation".</li>
<li>Avraham Ruderman (2010) with Scott Sisson, "A two sample test based on a k-nearest-neighbour estimate of the Kullback-Leibler divergence with an application to summary statistic selection".</li>
<li>Alison Vo-Phuoc (2010) with Feng Chen, "Modelling ASX transaction data using conditional intensity models".</li>
<li>Damien Wee (2010) with Marek Rutkowski, "Valuation of defaultable game options in discrete markets".</li>
<li>Chen Yang (2010) with Gareth Peters, "On exploring dependence structures for operational risk models".</li>
<li>Joey Lau (2009) with Yanan Fan, "Finessing trans-dimensional proposals in reversible jump MCMC".</li>
<li>Leah Shepherd (2008) with David Warton, "Spatial point processes for species distribution modelling".</li>
<li>Anthony Armstrong (2007) with Marek Rutkowski, "Valuation Of Credit Default Index Swaptions".</li>
<li>Raymond Gutierrez (2007) with Donna Salopek, "Conditions of arbitrage on a range of call options".</li>
<li>Xin Lei (2007) was awarded the University Medal. He worked with Spiridon Penev on estimation and testing for Archimedean copulas.</li>
<li>Cuong Viet Tran (2007) with Ben Goldys, "Measuring Leverage Effect in Financial Markets".</li>
<li>Honglin Jiang (2006) with Scott Sisson, "The ABC of Tuberculosis Transmission".</li>
<li>Daniel Lin (2006) with Scott Sisson, "Estimating the spread of tuberculosis through simulation-based indirect inference".</li>
<li>Imanuel Costigan (2005) did his thesis with Marek Rutkowski on The Valuation of Convertible Bonds with Credit Risk.</li>
<li>Arianna Cowling (2005) worked with Inge Koch on Feature Significance for Flow Cytometry Data. She now works at the Reserve Bank.</li>
<li>Smith Huang (2005) worked with Inge Koch on Dimension Reduction and Multidimensional Scaling. He worked for Allianz and is currently at Partners in Performance.</li>
<li>Danny Lo (2005) did his thesis with William Dunsmuir on Unknown Change-Point Detection in the Volatility of Financial Time Series. He was awarded the University Medal.</li>
<li>Brad Morris (2005) worked with William Dunsmuir on Application and Comparison of Models for High Frequency Price Data.</li>
<li>Nancy Guo (2004) worked with Ben Goldys on 'Statistical Analysis of Implied Volatility Surface: an Australian Perspective'.</li>
<li>Michael Roper (2004) wrote on 'Perturbation Analysis of the CEV-CIR Stochastic Volatility Model', supervised by Ben Goldys.</li>
<li>Tina Chen (2003) worked with Sally Galbraith on 'Inquisition of Missing Covariates Impact on Survival Analysis: PML Case Study'</li>
<li>Sanja Lucjic (2003) worked with Peter Cooke on 'Analysis of Sales Data for Woolworths - Regression and Time Series Modelling Approaches'.</li>
<li>Nathan Pearce (2003) wrote his thesis 'Exploring Local Dependence in Data' under the supervision of Inge Koch.</li>
</ul></div></div></div>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:29:07 +0000z98038475249 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auMATH5700 Modern Differential Geometry and Topology
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/courses/math5700-modern-differential-geometry-and-topology
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>MATH5700 is an Honours and Postgraduate Coursework Mathematics course. See the <a href="#CourseOverview" target="_self">course overview</a> below.</p>
<p><strong>Units of credit:</strong> 6</p>
<p><strong>Prerequisites:</strong> </p>
<p><strong>Exclusions</strong>: MATH3531, MATH3701</p>
<p><strong>Course offering: </strong>Term 3</p>
<p><strong>Graduate attributes:</strong></p>
<p>This course provides a good understanding of basic topological properties, constructions and reasoning in three dimensional space, classical curves and surfaces, and understand the meaning of curvature for curves and surfaces, and appreciates the connections between topology and differential geometry for surfaces.</p>
<p>On completion you will know how to compute the fundamental group for a range of topological spaces and understand the importance of homotopy relation. You will know how to differentiate between two manifolds using algebraic<br />topology tools and differential geometry tools. You will gain an appreciation for the importance of quadrics to approximate surfaces at a point, and you will be able to make explicit computations for a wide variety of examples, computing Frenet frames for curves, and first and second fundamental forms for many surfaces. Algebraic surfaces and surfaces of revolution will provide a good source of examples. You will understand the idea of a developable surface and its applications.<br /> <br />The above outcomes are related to Research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities, communication,<br />and Information literacy.</p>
<p><strong>More information: </strong>This recent <a href="/sites/default/files/math5700_t3_2019.pdf" target="_blank">course handout (pdf)</a> contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. </p>
<p>The <a title="Online Handbook" href="http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/current/MATH5700.html" target="_blank">Online Handbook entry</a> contains information about the course. (The timetable is only up-to-date if the course is being offered this year.)</p>
<p>If you are currently enrolled in MATH5700, you can log into <a href="https://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/login/index.php" target="_blank">UNSW Moodle</a> for this course.</p>
<h4><a name="CourseOverview" id="CourseOverview"></a>Course Overview</h4>
<p>Topology and differential geometry both deal with the study of shape: topology from a continuous and differential geometry from a differentiable viewpoint.<br /><br />This course begins with an introduction to general topology. We then study curves in space and how they bend and twist, and the topology of curves. We then consider surfaces, studying the first and second fundamental forms introduced by Gauss, the various measures of curvature and what they mean for the external and internal appearance and properties of surfaces. We prove the important Gauss-Bonnet theorem and use it to examine topological properties of surfaces, such as the Euler Characteristic. We finish with a look at the hyperbolic plane and a look forward to general Riemannian geometry.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:45:13 +0000z31938974628 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auSemester 2 2016 Internal Exam Timetable
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/noticeboard/internal-honours-end-semester-1-exam-timetable
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The final end of Semester 2 2016 timetable for internal exams and honours courses is <a href="/sites/default/files/school_run_2016.pdf" target="_blank">now available</a>.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:45:45 +0000z93001703395 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auMATH3871 Bayesian Inference and Computation
https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/courses/math3871-bayesian-inference-and-computation
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>MATH3871 is a 3rd year course. See the <a title="Course Overview" href="#CourseOverview">course overview</a> below.</p>
<p><strong>Units of credit:</strong> 6</p>
<p><strong>Prerequisites: </strong>MATH2801 or MATH2901</p>
<p><strong>Equivalent courses: </strong>MATH5960</p>
<p><strong>Cycle of offering:</strong> Term 3</p>
<p><strong>Graduate attributes:</strong> The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.</p>
<p><strong>More information: </strong>This recent <a href="/sites/default/files/math3871_t3_2019.pdf" target="_blank">course handout (pdf)</a> contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.</p>
<p>The <a title="Online Handbook" href="http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/current/MATH3871.html" target="_blank">Online Handbook entry</a> contains information about the course. (The timetable is only up-to-date if the course is being offered this year.)</p>
<p>If you are currently enrolled in MATH3871, you can log into <a title="UNSW Moodle" href="https://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/login/index.php" target="_blank">UNSW Moodle</a> for this course.</p>
<h4><a name="CourseOverview" id="CourseOverview"></a>Course Aims</h4>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family: "Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">This course aims to:</span></p>
<ul style="margin-top:0cm" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">Provide a strong background in the concepts and philosophy of Bayesian inference;</span></li>
<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">Instill an appreciation of the benefits of the Bayesian framework;</span></li>
<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">Provide extensive practical opportunities to implement Bayesian data analyses;</span></li>
<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">Present an overview of research activity in this field.</span></li>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family: "Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-color-alt:windowtext;background:#F8F8F8">After describing the fundamentals of Bayesian inference, this course will examine the specification of prior and posterior distributions, Bayesian decision theoretic concepts, the ideas behind Bayesian hypothesis tests, model choice and model averaging, and evaluate the capabilities of several common model types, such as hierarchical and mixture models. An important part of Bayesian inference is the requirement to numerically evaluate complex integrals on a routine basis. Accordingly this course will also introduce the ideas behind Monte Carlo integration, importance sampling, rejection sampling, Markov chain Monte Carlo samplers such as the Gibbs sampler and the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, and use of the WinBuGS posterior simulation software.</span></p></div></div></div>Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:49:50 +0000fcuadmin2864 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auInternal and Honours Exam Timetable Semester 2 2013
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The timetable for end of semester 2 School run exams can <a href="/sites/default/files/final_s2_internal_tt.pdf" target="_blank">be found here</a> (PDF). For all other exams log into MyUNSW and your Student Profile.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 10 Oct 2013 02:10:06 +0000z93001702821 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auCurrent Honours Students
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Wed, 06 Mar 2013 03:20:50 +0000z98038472553 at https://www.maths.unsw.edu.auHonours Scholarships
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p class="article">Honours students may apply for the following scholarships. </p>
<p class="article"><strong>UNSW Honours Year Scholarships - UGCA1120</strong></p>
<p>Each year ten honours scholarships are awarded to students who achieve an average Distinction in their respective undergraduate degree program. The scholarship is only available to students who are enrolled in a degree program where the award of honours requires an extra year of full- time study over and above the requirements of the pass degree. The scholarship is $5000 for 1 year. Apply through <a title="UNSW Scholarships Online" href="https://www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au/scholarships/search" target="_blank">UNSW Scholarships Online</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Jim Douglas Award in Statistics - UGCA1438</strong></p>
<p>This Award is to encourage outstanding students to undertake full time study in the Faculty of Science entering an Honours Year Program in Statistics.</p>
<p>Applicants will be assessed on academic merit, and on the basis of a written statement of up to 500 words. In this statement, applicants should explain their interest in statistics and how the Honours year will contribute to their career plans.</p>
<p>The scholarship is valued at $2000 for 1 year. Apply through <a title="Jim Douglas Scholarship" href="https://www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au/scholarships/search" target="_blank">UNSW Scholarships Online</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Paradice Honours Year Scholarship - UGCA1433</strong></p>
<p>The aim of this scholarship is to encourage female students to undertake an Honours program in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. This scholarship will be selected on the basis of highest WAM in Mathematics and Statistics courses, for female students intending to enrol in an Honours program in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Apply through <a title="UNSW Scholarships Online" href="https://www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au/scholarships/search" target="_blank">UNSW Scholarships Online</a>.</p>
<p class="article"><strong>The Dean's Honours Year Scholarship in Science - UGCA1083</strong></p>
<p>This scholarship was established to support outstanding students undertaking study at Honours level in the Faculty of Science. The Scholarship is valued at $2500 for 1 year. Apply through <a title="UNSW Scholarships Online" href="https://www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au/scholarships/search" target="_blank">UNSW Scholarships Online</a>.</p>
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<p>In addition, the School awards two prizes for Honours students: the Buchwald Award in Applied Mathematics (one award of $500 for a student in the final year of Honours Applied Mathematics), and The George Szekeres Award (one award of $500 available to students entering the final year of Honours Pure Mathematics).</p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a id="eugenia-cao"></a>Eugenia Cao<br /></span></h4>
<p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science </em></span><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">(Advanced Mathematics)</em><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">/Commerce</em></p>
<p><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ">I grew up with mathematics; having a dad as a mathematics professor and a mum as a tutor in the same field meant that the subject was inevitable for me. However, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW not because it runs in the family, but because through pursuing their passion and aspirations, my parents were able to show me how versatile and fascinating maths can be, and how it can be applied around us in subtle ways. </span></p>
<p><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ">Being a female in STEM ended up being harder than I thought. Having been blissfully ignorant to gender differences in an all girls’ high school, adjusting suddenly to a male-dominated learning environment further fuelled my motivation to empower women in STEM. By undertaking President at UNSW Mathematics Society, I’m hoping I can encourage the females in my degree to fulfil their academic potential and to not be hindered by any societal expectations that may be thrown at them. </span></p>
<p><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ">With the zealous professors and lecturers at UNSW, my experiences thus far have been both challenging and compelling. The highlights of my studies would definitely be discovering how the mathematics side of my degree merges with the finance aspect; learning how differential equations can be applied to derivative pricing, how the Taylor series plays a part in portfolio management, and how we can use probability to carry out scenario simulations.. there is so much more to learn!</span></p>
<p><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ">I will soon be interning at Deutsche Bank in the global markets division and I’m hoping to begin my career as a trader upon graduation. The rest of the journey is still unclear but I’m beyond excited to see where the completion of this degree can take me.</span></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a id="dorothy-cheung"></a>Dorothy Cheung</span></h4>
<p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></span></p>
<p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">I chose to study mathematics at UNSW because it has a wide range of applications and I was keen to learn more at a higher level in university. I also felt that studying mathematics could lead to diverse career paths, from research to the financial industry to climate science. </span></p>
<p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Studying mathematics at UNSW was a great experience - not only did I gain knowledge on broad areas of mathematics, I met people who share similar interests. Higher level courses were especially interesting, with a wider range of courses available. I was also able to pick and choose courses according to my own interests. Classes were smaller and became more interactive which allows ideas to be bounced around.</span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> </span></p>
<p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">I am currently working as an Actuarial Analyst at Suncorp. Mathematical concepts that I learnt at university appear unexpectedly at work, and having a solid understanding of them from my time at UNSW is invaluable. Although not everything you learn in university will come in use directly at work, the ways I learnt to approach issues and how to tackle problems methodically are the most important skills I have gained.</span></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a name="Jessica-Egan" id="Jessica-Egan"></a>Jessica Egan</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></p>
<p>I never intended to study mathematics at university, but without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wanted to be on the frontier making breakthrough discoveries at the very forefront of modern science. I thought I had to be studying nanotechnology, biotechnology or computer science. I never dreamed of the myriad of possibilities that mathematics offers, both academically and in the outside world.</p>
<p>In my first few years of studying mathematics at UNSW the classes were huge. I enjoyed the company of not only potential mathematicians, but also potential physicists, engineers and computer scientists, among others. They all needed mathematics in the beginning. It didn’t take too long for me to realise that I didn’t just need to study mathematics; I wanted to. In later years, the classes shrunk and I developed a strong relationship with a small group of mathematically minded people.</p>
<p>The study of mathematics is so very diverse. A single problem can be challenging, inspiring, humbling, uplifting and fun; all at the same time. I majored in Pure Mathematics, but studied a few applied and statistical subjects as well. On the side, I filled my electives with computing subjects. I loved how interrelated it all was – how my study in one subject enriched my understanding of another.</p>
<p>I had the privilege to represent UNSW in the COMAP Mathematical Modelling Contest - twice. The contest is a four day intensive international competition where you are given a real world problem and work in teams to solve it. At the end of the four days you submit a report. It was a great opportunity to hone my skills not only at mathematical modelling, but also in writing up reports expressing mathematical conclusions. UNSW also offers vacation scholarships that are the perfect preparation for an Honours project.</p>
<p>I now work as an Actuarial Analyst at Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries in Sydney CBD, and I am an Associate member of the Institute of Actuaries Australia. I’m excited to have found a niche of mathematically minded people in the workforce, as I did at UNSW. Perhaps later I’ll return to more academic pursuits. That’s one of the beauties of mathematics – you can do just about anything with it.</p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a id="miriam-greenbaum"></a>Miriam Greenbaum</span></h4>
<p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-weight: 400;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Applied Mathematics</em></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">During high school, all of my fellow students knew what they wanted to do at university. I thought this would come naturally, however it got to the end of year 12 and I still had no idea. Math was my favourite subject at school, and had been my entire life, so I decided to study mathematics and combine it in a double degree with commerce. It is by far the best decision I have made to date! </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">In the earlier years of my degree, I was exposed to a broad range of mathematical concepts, drawing on things only touched upon in high school. In the upper years, I was then able to choose which part of math really interested me and hone in on my skills by completing focused subjects in the area. The small classes and dedicated time with the academics meant that I was always able to achieve a deeper level of understanding, even with the trickier concepts. </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Completing my Honours in mathematics gave me the opportunity to really delve deep into a topic that I was passionate about. After reaching out to an industry contact, I was able to obtain a data set and choose my own Honours topic, 'Using Random Forests to predict loan default'. Throughout the thesis year, I received amazing support from my supervisor, who always had time to sit with me and nut out any tricky problems along the way. The logic and problem-solving skills I acquired throughout my degree gave me the ability to begin in whatever role I wanted after graduating, and I chose to begin as a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young. </p>
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<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics<br /></em></p>
<p>My first reason for choosing to study mathematics at UNSW was because of the quality and diversity of the faculty, which is one of the largest and most respected in Australia. This has given me the opportunity to study mathematics at a very high level over a broad range of fields. Secondly, a mathematics degree at UNSW has given me a lot of flexibility with what I have wanted to study. This allowed me to extend myself with higher levels of mathematics, as well as to study courses outside of mathematics which I have found interesting.</p>
<p>The quality and flexibility of the degree has meant that I have had a diverse range of opportunities available to me as I near the completion of my degree. I personally considered options ranging from corporate careers in finance or management consulting to further postgraduate study in mathematics, before choosing a technical role in software engineering at Google.</p>
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<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f9f8f7;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)</em></span></p>
<p>I knew I wanted to study mathematics since I finished high school, as I performed best in mathematics in the HSC. Through studying a Bachelor of Science at UNSW with a mathematics major, I gained an appreciation of how interconnected mathematics was to science and engineering through the variety of electives on offer at UNSW, inside and outside of the School of Mathematics and Statistics.</p>
<p>You don’t fully grasp an understanding of how important mathematics is to the world until you study it at a university level, which gave me an understanding of the large variety of careers that mathematics leads to, including in areas you wouldn’t expect, such as biological research.</p>
<p>So far in my studies I have completed a combination of pure and applied mathematics and statistics subjects, together with electives in physics and computer science.</p>
<p>It was always my first choice to attend UNSW - mainly due to how well the School of Mathematics and Statistics is ranked, due to the quality of its research and teaching - but since I have started my studies I have found UNSW to be a very welcoming environment and this has reaffirmed my decision to study here.</p>
<p>In my experience, I have found the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW to be an inclusive and welcoming environment with a very high quality of teaching, and a large variety of electives on offer that cover most areas of mathematics and statistics.</p>
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<p><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f9f8f7;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Computer Science</em></p>
<p>Ironically, despite maths being my best subject in high school, I initially had the mindset of “I will go do any other science because where would maths get me one day?”. Needless to say, that perspective on mathematics was just silly. One Open Day presentation later, and I kept dreaming about getting to that level where I could finally solve $\int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-x^2} \,dx$.</p>
<p>And one day I received my offer for Advanced Maths, enrolled like a typical keen first year, and I was set on my way! Initially I did feel more challenged than I expected, probably from shock straight out of high school. And it happened again at the start of second year. But at the end of the day, I just happened to find so much of what I was learning fun!</p>
<p>There were many factors that kept me glued to my degree choice. Firstly, over time I came to appreciate greatly that mathematics is backed by logic. Ultimately, not only would there be correct answers/solutions/proofs, but they’d just make intuitive sense. Secondly, although I find myself currently very satisfied heading down a statistics pathway, I’m thankful about not being locked out of other areas. I was still able to undertake many Pure Mathematics courses that really evoked my interest - special shout-out for MATH5505 even if I don’t remember much!</p>
<p>Finally, the staff are amazing. I dare say UNSW is blessed to have many strong, keen, energetic, supportive and caring lecturers and support staff that do as much as they can for the students. The team genuinely gives their all to provide for a smooth, but extremely enjoyable, learning experience.</p>
<p>Whilst I’m still completely undecided on where I want to head after these years, the journey thus far has been an extremely rewarding one without doubt!</p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a name="Chin-Pin-Wong" id="Chin-Pin-Wong"></a>Chin Pin Wong</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></p>
<p>One of my first memories of studying mathematics at UNSW was of my first year Algebra lecturer raving about the beauty of the formula <em>e<sup>πi</sup>=-1</em>. That incident was my first time witnessing such passion about a simple formula and I was both amazed and slightly alarmed at it. It soon became apparent that this passion for mathematics was an integral part of life at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. In fact, after four years at the School, I see that this enthusiasm for mathematics certainly enriched my experiences as a student, not only because it was contagious, but also because it showed me that mathematics could be both fun and intriguing.</p>
<p>I completed a BSc (Advanced Mathematics) with a major in Pure Mathematics in 2010. One of my original motivations for choosing UNSW was the availability of this program, which allowed students to concentrate on a single major. However, the program was also structured so that students had enough flexibility to study in areas outside their major through elective subjects. During my four years, I took courses in areas as diverse as economics, arts and science. I also had the opportunity to dabble in areas of applied mathematics such as operations research and dynamical systems. These courses broadened my understanding of mathematics and gave a glimpse of how theory could be put into practice.</p>
<p>I enjoyed my four years as a student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. My lecturers and tutors were always helpful and supportive. The small number of students in pure mathematics produced a tight-knit community to work within. The School also offered opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as vacation research, funded by scholarships from UNSW and the Australian Mathematical Science Institute, inter-university competitions, and even a chance to play a role in encouraging women to pursue mathematics through the ‘Girls do the Math’ program run by the School.</p>
<p>Looking back, I can only conclude that my time as a student at the School of Mathematics and Statistics was both a valuable and memorable experience. </p>
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<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Quantitative Risk </em>and<em> PhD </em></p>
<p>About a decade ago, right after I completed my HSC in a small town on the mid-north coast of NSW, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW. My long, but interesting, journey at UNSW started from then.</p>
<p>The first stage of this journey was my undergraduate study, more precisely the Advanced Mathematics degree with a Quantitative Risk major. My passion for numbers led me to undertake a maths degree at university, and the reason that I chose UNSW is because of its good reputation in both teaching and research. Especially, this relatively new program, Quantitative Risk, attracted my attention. This program provides a very good path for people who are interested in the theory of risk and its application in quantitative finance and actuarial studies.</p>
<p>After I completed my bachelor's degree, I was on a fork of the road: to continue my study or to work in the industry. Eventually, I decided to undertake a research degree and again I chose UNSW. My journey at UNSW continued to the second stage. There are many reasons why I wanted to stay at UNSW, and perhaps, the most important one is the good teaching quality that I had experienced while I was taking my undergraduate study.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Now, I am at the third stage of my journey, working as a Research Associate in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. One day, I may have to leave UNSW, but those learning and working experiences will definitely be a valuable asset for my future career and will also be an unforgettable memory of my life. </p>
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<p><em>Degree: Master of Financial Maths; Graduate Diploma in Statistics</em></p>
<p>I studied a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics at UNSW. I selected the program which was new at the time due to the high standing reputation of the academic staff heading the program.</p>
<p>The first year of my studies in the program proved to be a pivotal one for the global economy with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the escalation of the Global Financial Crisis. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to delve deeper into how this crisis came about. I decided to specialise in financial risk management, and chose to examine credit risk models as the topic of my research project. At the same time, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to gain some hands-on part time work experience at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the area of credit portfolios and modelling.</p>
<p>Towards the completion of the Masters of Financial Mathematics program I realised I needed to enhance my technical knowledge in statistics. I then decided to undertake further study with a Graduate Diploma in Statistics to complement my existing knowledge. I pursued this additional diploma while continuing my part time work at Commonwealth Bank, strengthening my foundation of knowledge in statistics and applying it in the real world at the same time.</p>
<p>Upon completing the program I received and accepted an offer for a full time role as a Quantitative Analyst at Westpac Banking Corporation in the field of credit portfolio modelling and analysis. I am now a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Australia.</p>
<p>Apart from the excellent level of academic training I received, the staff, academic and administrative alike, were always very helpful and friendly. Studying at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW has granted me fantastic opportunities, professionally and personally. It has been a period of my life I will always look back on with a great sense of fondness.</p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><a name="Abhijit-Hore" id="Abhijit-Hore"></a>Abhijit Hore</span></h4>
<p><em><span style="color: #000000;">Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Statistics)</span></em></p>
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<p>My name is Abhijit Hore and I am a former postgraduate student from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. I began my tertiary studies in 2002, choosing a combined degree in Science and Commerce, majoring in Mathematics, Statistics and Finance respectively. I continued along the same theme in my postgraduate program, where I completed a Masters in Financial Mathematics in 2009.</p>
<p>The primary reason I pursued mathematics is because it encourages one to inquire, and is one of the few subjects that can really train one to continue developing their logic and reasoning skills to a very advanced level, provided one is prepared to put in the commitment, of course. As a result of studying mathematics, one also acquires an abundant amount of skills and knowledge that can be transferred across many industries, making employment choices very flexible upon graduation.</p>
<p>The parts of the course I specifically enjoyed the most were when I undertook two thesis projects in 2005 and 2008. I had the choice of choosing the topics of my liking and the journey from research to model derivations and computational implementation for each paper were extremely fascinating as well as rewarding.</p>
<p>Currently I am working on Basel II Risk Capital Modelling for a major financial institution in Sydney, where I am still applying a lot of the advanced mathematical skills I acquired at the University (as well as learning new techniques beyond my university studies) in deriving solutions to optimise the amount of capital the bank needs to hold for certain portfolios.</p>
<p>To this day I am very grateful for the opportunity and support the staff faculty had provided me during my studies. I strongly recommend anyone pursuing tertiary studies to definitely consider undertaking Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. </p>
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<p><em><span style="color: #000000;">Degree: PhD</span></em></p>
<p>I worked in banking for over six years with my final position as Head of Financial Engineering at Macquarie Bank, based in Hong Kong. I chose to return to study, undertaking a PhD in Statistics at UNSW to further enhance my research and technical skills, and to explore some ideas I had developed throughout my working career.</p>
<p>UNSW was my first choice of university primarily due to the high calibre of academic staff and the specialised skills which saw the overlap of statistical methods and financial applications utilising high frequency data. Within the first year of my PhD, I've found my studies to be suitably challenging, with a supportive and collaborative learning environment. My supervisors have gone to extraordinary lengths to organise an industry sponsor in the form of a hedge fund trading in an area closely related to my research interests. They've ensured that throughout the year I've had the technology and data to support my project. They've hand picked courses from the Master of Statistics course to enhance my learning in areas I was otherwise weak in. And finally, the expertise of both of my supervisors has shaped the direction of the PhD well beyond my initial ideas and expectations. All of this has been invaluable in ensuring I am in a position to make the most out of my study and an affirmation of my choice of university.</p>
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<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #000000;">Degree: PhD</span></em></span></p>
<p>Maths has always fascinated me, and I decided to pursue a PhD in mathematics when I was an undergraduate student in Germany. Aside from my German degree (Diplom) I have studied for a Master of Arts degree in mathematics during an exchange year in Los Angeles.</p>
<p>In choosing the university at which I was going to apply for a PhD degree, I took into account the quality of research of my potential supervisor, my interest in it, and also a good international standing of the university. UNSW met all these requirements, and on top of that I was funded by a scholarship which made it possible for me to devote my entire focus to research. Such programs are, globally speaking, very rare, and I could not believe my luck. Although it was not required by the program, I happily taught several first and second year tutorials, to gain some teaching experience and to earn some extra money. UNSW also provides funding for PhD students to present their research at international conferences, which made it possible for me to attend a conference in Osaka and a probability theory summer school in Vancouver. This was certainly a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow peers and professors in my field.</p>
<p>In the course of the program, there are many opportunities for PhD students to broaden their horizons by doing some extra work outside their research fields, and I know several colleagues who have worked as research assistants in computational biology or as interns which were commissioned through the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. I also worked as a research assistant at the Australian School of Business.</p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">After graduating in August 2011, I worked as a postdoc in Michigan and Manchester. Now I am back at the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics as a lecturer in statistics, mainly researching probabilistic models for diffusion and waves in disordered media. All in all, the PhD degree from UNSW was a very pleasant experience which has prepared me very well for a career in research and teaching of mathematics.</p>
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https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/futurestudents/why-study-with-us
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-rss"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We think that the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics is a great place to study. But you don't have to take our word for it: read what some of our past and current students have to say!<br />We also suggest visiting our <a href="/about/spotlight-on-staff-and-students">Spotlight on our Staff and Students</a> webpage to read interviews which were conducted with both students and staff of the School.<br />And <a href="https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/about/alumni">our alumni</a> page illustrates the many varied careers available to those who study mathematics and statistics. </p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Eugenia Cao<br /></span></h4>
<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science </em></span><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">(Advanced Mathematics)</em><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">/Commerce</em></p>
<p>I grew up with mathematics; having a dad as a mathematics professor and a mum as a tutor in the same field meant that the subject was inevitable for me. However, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW not because it runs in the family, but because through pursuing their passion and aspirations, my parents were able to show me how versatile and fascinating maths can be, and how it can be applied around us in subtle ways... <a href="/futurestudents/student-profiles#eugenia-cao">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Dorothy Cheung</span></h4>
<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></span></p>
<p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">I chose to study mathematics at UNSW because it has a wide range of applications and I was keen to learn more at a higher level in university. I also felt that studying mathematics could lead to diverse career paths, from research to the financial industry to climate science.<br /></span>Studying mathematics at UNSW was a great experience - not only did I gain knowledge on broad areas of mathematics... <a href="student-profiles#dorothy-cheung">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;"><br />Jessica Egan</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></p>
<p>I never intended to study mathematics at university, but without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wanted to be on the frontier making breakthrough discoveries at the very forefront of modern science. I thought I had to be studying nanotechnology, biotechnology or computer science. <br />I never dreamed of the myriad of possibilities that mathematics offers, both academically and in the outside world... <a href="student-profiles#Jessica-Egan">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Miriam Greenbaum</span></h4>
<p><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f5f5f5;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Applied Mathematics</em></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">During high school, all of my fellow students knew what they wanted to do at university. I thought this would come naturally, however it got to the end of year 12 and I still had no idea. Math was my favourite subject at school, and had been my entire life, so I decided to study mathematics and combine it in a double degree with commerce. <br />It is by far the best decision I have made to date! <a href="student-profiles#miriam-greenbaum">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Anthony Morris</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics<br /></em></p>
My first reason for choosing to study mathematics at UNSW was because of the quality and diversity of the faculty which is one of the largest and most respected in Australia. This has given me the opportunity to study mathematics at a very high level over a broad range of fields. <br />Secondly, a mathematics degree at UNSW has given me a lot of flexibility with what I have wanted to study... <a href="student-profiles#Anthony-Morris">Read more</a> <br /><br /></td>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Andrew Robertson</span></h4>
<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f9f8f7;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)</em></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">I knew I wanted to study mathematics since I finished high school, as I performed best in mathematics in the HSC. Through studying a Bachelor of Science at UNSW with a mathematics major, I gained an appreciation of how interconnected mathematics was to science and engineering through the variety of electives on offer at UNSW, inside and outside of the School of Mathematics and Statistics... <a href="student-profiles#andrew-robertson">Read more</a></span></p>
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<h4 style="background-color: #f9f8f7;"><span style="color: #000000;">Rui Tong</span></h4>
<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #2f3030; background-color: #f9f8f7;">Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Computer Science</em></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ir</span>onically, despite maths being my best subject in high school, I initially had the mindset of “I will go do any other science because where would maths get me one day?”. Needless to say, that perspective on mathematics was just silly. One Open Day presentation later, and I kept dreaming about getting to that level where I could finally solve... <a href="student-profiles#Rui-Tong">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Chin Ping Wong </span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics</em></p>
<p>One of my first memories of studying mathematics at UNSW was of my first year Algebra lecturer raving about the beauty of the formula <em>e<sup>πi</sup> =-1</em>.<em> <br /></em>That incident was my first time witnessing such passion about a simple formula and I was both amazed and slightly alarmed at it... <a href="student-profiles#Chin-Pin-Wong">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Wei Wu</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Quantitative Risk </em>and<em> PhD</em></p>
<p>About a decade ago, right after I completed my HSC in a small town on the mid-north coast of NSW, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW. My long, but interesting, journey at UNSW started from then.</p>
<p>The first stage of this journey was my undergraduate study, more precisely the Advanced Mathematics degree with a Quantitative Risk major. My passion for numbers led me to... <a href="student-profiles#Wei-Wu">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Ron Elazar</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Master of Financial Maths; Graduate Diploma in Statistics</em></p>
<p>I studied a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics at UNSW. I selected the program which was new at the time due to the high standing reputation of the academic staff heading the program.<br />The first year of my studies in the program proved to be a pivotal one for the global economy with the escalation of the Global Financial Crisis. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to delve deeper into how this crisis came about... <a href="student-profiles#Ron-Elazar">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Abhijit Hore</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Statistics)</em></p>
<p>My name is Abhijit Hore and I am a former postgraduate student from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. I began my tertiary studies in 2002, choosing a combined degree in Science and Commerce, majoring in Mathematics, Statistics and Finance respectively. <br />I continued along the same theme in my postgraduate program, where I completed a Masters in Financial Mathematics in 2009... <a href="student-profiles#Abhijit-Hore">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><br /></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;">Kylie-Anne Richards </span> </h4>
<p><em>Degree: PhD</em></p>
<p>I worked in banking for over 6 years with my final position as Head of Financial Engineering at Macquarie Bank, based in Hong Kong. <br />I chose to return to study, undertaking a PhD in statistics at UNSW to further enhance my research and technical skills and to explore some ideas I had developed throughout my working career... <a href="student-profiles#Kylie-Anne-Richards">Read more</a></p>
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<h4><span style="color: #000000;">Peter Straka</span></h4>
<p><em>Degree: PhD</em></p>
<p>Maths has always fascinated me, and I decided to pursue a PhD in mathematics when I was an undergraduate student in Germany. Aside from my German degree (Diplom) I have studied for a Master of Arts degree in mathematics during an exchange year in Los Angeles.<br />In choosing the university at which I was going to apply for a PhD degree, I took into account the quality of research of my potential supervisor, my interest in it, and also a good international standing of the university. UNSW met all these requirements... <a href="student-profiles#Peter-Straka">Read more</a></p>
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