Summer school adds up in math

While some students take a holiday, 170 elite maths students are attending the annual Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School in Sydney.

With support from ChooseMaths grants, Flinders University’s Maria Kleshnina and Aline Kunnel joined several other South Australian postgraduates at the summer school running at the University of Sydney from 9 January to 3 February.

The intensive coursework is one of the largest annual events for Australian students in the mathematical sciences. The 15th AMSI Summer school this year involved 22 universities, showcasing the benefits of unis combining resources to provide advanced education to a greater number of students.

Courses covered fundamental areas of mathematical and statistical theory as well as their applications in computing, design and medicine. Topics including ‘Mathematics and Statistics of Big Data’ and ‘Category Theory and Computer Science’ illustrate the large demand for graduates who can apply mathematics to the modern challenges of data and computing.

The lecturers come from the University of Sydney, ANU, Macquarie, UNSW, Melbourne, QUT and CSIRO Data61. The event was opened by AMSI board chairman and former Deputy Chief Executive of the CSIRO Dr Ron Sandland.

The STEM Women Branching Out group at Flinders University is planning another year of science promotions through its Thinker in Residence, Science 50:50 initiative, Aurora Photo competition, Curious Minds mentoring program and special events planned for International Women’s Day and National Science Week. For more information check the Flinders University website or email stemwomen@flinders.edu.au. Contact (08) 8201 5842.

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