The Choose Maths Grants are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian female mathematical sciences students and early career researchers to participate in the AMSI Flagship programs.
The grants support women to build and extend their skills and professional networks by providing financial support to attend and/or assist with caring responsibilities.
The Awards are funded by BHP Billiton Foundation and are an initiative of the Choose Maths Project.
Awards are determined on a competitive basis by the Choose Maths Grant Committee.
Choose Maths Grants

Choose Maths Grants provide support for:

  • Attendance at AMSI Flagship events (including support for second time attendees)
  • Partner & child travel and/or accommodation support
  • Caring responsibility support (for example childcare or temporary respite)
Committee

Professor Markus Hegland
AMSI Deputy Director

Associate Professor Inge Koch
Choose Maths Executive Director

Janine McIntosh
Schools Manager

Professor Geoff Prince
AMSI Director

Paul Ulrick
Research & Higher Education Program Manager

Rules

Eligibility
1. The Choose Maths Grants provide full or partial support for Australian female mathematical sciences and cognate discipline students and early or mid career researchers to participate in AMSI Flagship programs (AMSI Summer School, AMSI Winter School, AMSI BioInfoSummer, AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships)

2. Applicants must be women who are at the time of the event satisfy one of the following:
(a) enrolled in a mathematical sciences program at an AMSI Member University
(b) are early or mid career researchers employed at an AMSI Member University

3. Funding is available for:
(a) attendance at AMSI Flagship events (including support for second time attendees)
(b) Partner & child travel/accommodation support
(c) Caring responsibility support (e.g. Childcare or temporary rest-bite)

Note: Funding will not be granted for day-to-day expenses for example groceries, clothes, toiletries, etc etc

4. Each applicant can receive at most one Choose Maths Grant in any one-year period.

Award of Grants
5. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Choose Maths Grant Committee taking into account overall benefit to the applicants. The Choose Maths Grant Committee may seek additional advice as required.

Applications
6. Applications may be submitted during the event registration open period and will be considered according to the schedule outlined.

7. Applications should consist of the completed application form including a budget listing expenses requested and a letter of support from your current supervisor, honours coordinator or head of mathematical sciences clearly stating that they support your application for this grant.

8. Funding of up to $3,000 is available per application, in addition to the costs of participating in the program.

Conditions of Grant
9. In applying for a Choose Maths Grant applicants agree
(a) that their name, photo and biography can be published on the website and for other AMSI and BHP Billiton reports and promotional material
(b) To submit a short written report about the event, to be used in AMSI and BHP Billiton reports, website, newsletters and other promotional material within 30 days of completion of the program.

10. Recipients must participate fully in the program that funding is received for.

Payment of the Grant
11. The Choose Maths Grant is paid on confirmation of full attendance from the Flagship program Director.

Payment

Funding is awarded to capped amount for each item requested.

The attendee must submit tax invoices (where possible) for the agreed items to their home university to arrange reimbursement. The university produces an invoice to claim the reimbursement from AMSI.

This should include the following details:

Name of the person(s) who travelled to the event
Date and full name of the event
Receipts/tax invoices relating to all expenses

NOTE: It is the applicants’ responsibility to check their university guidelines before booking travel

Applications

To complete your application the following information is required:

  • Applicant information
  • Type of funding requested
  • Budget outline expenses
  • Why you want to participate (max 200 words)
  • How participating will benefit your skills development and career (max 200 words)
  • Details regarding other funding (max 200 words)
  • Other information relevant to your application
  • A letter of support from your current supervisor, honours coordinator or head of mathematical sciences clearly stating that they support your application for this grant (PDF files only).

NOTE: It is the applicants’ responsibility to check their university guidelines before booking travel

To apply for a Choose Maths Grant click on the event below you would like to attend.

Marzieh's Choose Maths Grant

Winter School Confirms Industry Ambition

La Trobe University student and AMSI Winter School 2017 participant Marzieh Moghadam is well aware of the commercial value of mathematics, particularly within the biomedical sector.

Currently completing a PhD, she is focusing her research on machine learning and deep learning approaches to optimise cell recognition accuracy.  An area of increasing focus as researchers grapple with large volumes of data, this work is maximising capacity to apply this critical information.

As well as ensuring the rapid identification and accurate tracking of cancer cell types to improve diagnostics and test treatment effectiveness, Marzieh’s work plays a role in managing immune diseases.

“My work has a range of applications including cancer and immune disease. The ability to track the immune system, for example, means we can check the trend of immune cells in patients with conditions such as HIV,” she says.

Marzieh plans to use her specialist expertise, of significant value to commercial laboratories, to pursue an industry career as well as mentor others.

“In ten years I see myself as a high-level industry researcher mentoring new employees at all levels,” she says.

AMSI Winter School 2017, one of Australia’s leading residential postgraduate training schools, gave her a taste of why such role-models matter for those laying the foundations for a research career, particularly women.

“This is a male-dominated field, it was great to have interactions with other women and build additional networks,” she said.

Not just about networking, the annual training school also proved the ideal platform for Marzieh to immerse herself in new areas of her field and exchange ideas.

“Exposure to so many relevant subjects in a timely, super efficient way was so beneficial.  I also enjoyed exchanging ideas during the machine learning sessions. I was able to give advice and share approaches from my own research,” she said.

As a student with budget constraints, Marzieh was only able to attend Winter School 2017 thanks to the support of a Choose Maths grant.

“I wouldn’t have been able to attend without this support, particularly the assistance to cover travel and accommodation,” she says.

Marzieh, whose interest in maths started when she was a child and only grew in high school, believes Australia has work to do on its mathematical pipeline.

“It is essential that Australia strengthen mathematics, particularly research linkages to industry,” she says.

For now Marzieh has her sights on an AMSI Intern placement, something she sees as essential to her entry into commercial research.

“Next year I hope to complete an AMSI internship as part of the final year of my PhD. I am really keen to do this as I think it is an essential way to better understand industry careers and how to achieve this,” she says.

Hosted by the Queensland University of Technology, AMSI Winter School 2017 focused on the computational foundations of data science.

Aya's Choose Maths Grant

Opening possibilities: Removing Barriers to Maths

Growing up with a GP in the house, maths was always on the cards for Macquarie University student Aya Alwan.

“I was raised in a family that appreciated science and knowledge. My father was always my mentor and guide and helped me at every stage of my study,” she says.

The hard work has paid off for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Winter School 2017 student and Choose Maths Grant recipient, with Aya currently completing her PhD in mathematical and statistical modelling.

Used extensively across many industry sectors, these modelling approaches allow estimation of performance variables in systems and processes. Aya points to transport as an example.

“Essential in transport planning, these models help variables such as traffic flow to simulate urban transportation systems. This helps in reducing issues such as traffic congestion,” she explains.

With dreams of using her specialist skills to drive industry research, Aya found AMSI Winter School the perfect combination of networking and exposure to cutting-edge scientific techniques within her field.

“Many of the courses and presentations had a direct or indirect relationship to my work. This represents a fortune to me. There is no other way to receive this amount of knowledge within such a short time,” she says.

Instrumental to this experience was a Choose Maths Grant funded by BHP Billiton Foundation. With Winter School falling at school holiday time, Aya would not have been able to attend without this support and the ability to bring her family.

“I would not have been able to leave my four kids at home for four weeks. Even if I could organise care, I would struggle to concentrate being away from them,” she says.

With maths grappling with a significant gender challenge, she believes these barriers contribute to the low number of women currently in high-level maths positions.

“Maths is an interesting area to work and research in, but lack of finding support, flexibility and time and space to concentrate are contributing to women leaving the field,” she says.

Events like Winter School not only provide access to learning and development but also support and mentorship from other women within the discipline.

“I believe it is extremely important for women to have access to support. I have found other women in the field to be a tremendous support. Opportunities such as Winter School provide access to build these essential networks,” she says.

Hosted by Queensland University of Technology, AMSI Winter School 2017 focused on computational foundations of data science.

Eligible Events

To apply for a Choose Maths Grant click on the event below you would like to attend.

                

About Choose Maths

Choose Maths will work with students, parents and teachers over five years through a program of professional development, awareness and reward to turn around community attitude to participation in mathematics, especially for girls and young women.

BHP Billiton Foundation is an independent charitable entity set up to further BHP Billiton’s voluntary investment in community. The charity is designed to provide public benefit by enabling people living in regions where BHP Billiton has an interest, to improve their quality of life through improvements in health, education and governance.

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