Overall as part of the 2015/16 Vacation Scholarship Program, 50 scholarships were awarded to students from all across Australia. These scholarships enabled students to conduct research, across a wide range of areas in mathematics, during their summer holidays.
Projects and Reports
Projects ranged from applied projects like ‘The Von Bertalanffy Population Model applied in Tumour Growth modelling’ and ‘Modelling of Absorbing Thin Film Optical Materials in the Presence of Highly Conductive Gratings’ to pure projects like ‘The Space of Closed Essential Normal Surfaces in Knot Completion’ and ‘Chromatic Polynomial and its Generating Function’.
Full list of projects can be found here
Big Day In
Big Day In got off to a kick-start by hosting its first dodge-ball icebreaker event. Students were put into teams, in an aid to ‘break the ice’. Scholars came along and got involved, excelling their competitive streak, as well as possessing team-working skills.
AMSI’s Research and Higher Education Program Manager, Simi Henderson opened the 2016 Big Day In with a warm welcome to students and Supervisors from all across Australia.
The first talk was given by, Elena Tartagila, who took the students on a journey of valour and discovery as she talked about life as a PhD student.
Dr Federico Frascoli brought the opening to a close with an inspirational talk, covering the ideas and values that made him “choose” a career in research and academia.
All students got the opportunity to present their own research findings at the two- day event, hosted by AMSI at International House, The University of Melbourne.
This conference gave most students their first opportunity to present research in front of academics and their peers. The presentations were all really well received with book prizes awarded for the best presentation on each, as chosen by their fellow students.
2016 Big Day In program can be found here
As well as the Big Day In presentation students wrote blog posts with the purpose of improving their ability to present their research to the general public.
Full list of blogs can be found here
The event was very well received by students and supervisors, here some feedback:
“The conference was a fantastic way to meet other like minded students and hear about some very interesting mathematics.” Jamieson Kaiser, Monash University
“Not just the chance to speak to like-minded students about maths research in a casual setting, but hearing different perspectives on maths in the wider setting of careers, creativity and life in general”
Alexander Stokes, The University of Sydney