WIMSIG NEWSLETTER — MARCH 2024 

Funding for 2024 Women in Mathematics Day (May 12) 

WIMSIG is calling for applications for funding to support Women in Mathematics Day events in 2024. The applications should contain a description of the event and a proposed budget. Applications should be sent to the WIMSIG Treasurer, Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi. Funding is partially supported by ACEMS

Donations to support the Maryam Mirzakhani Award  

Donations to support the AMSI/AustMS WIMSIG Maryam Mirzakhani Award can be made to AMSI via https://amsi.org.au/donate.  Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. 

On the donation page, please choose the “Donate to the Maryam Mirzakhani Award” option.  Note that donations are collected by The University of Melbourne on AMSI’s behalf.  

WIMSIG Awards Explained – Supporting Academics & Students 

Join us for an informative session on the WIMSIG awards and how you can apply. WIMSIG provides awards and scholarships to support women, trans and gender diverse people studying/researching mathematics at universities across Australia, including: 

– The Maryam Mirzakhani Award, which supports international HDR female, trans and gender diverse students. 

– The Cheryl Praeger Travel Award, which provides funding for travel for female, trans and gender diverse members of WIMSIG. 

– The Anne Penfold Street Award, which helps with childcare and associated expenses (men can apply as well). 

Come learn about the different awards available, eligibility criteria, selection process, and how to put together a strong application. Whether you’re a postgraduate student, postdoctoral researcher or an academic, this is a valuable opportunity to get insights and advice from WIMSIG representatives. This event will be held virtually via Zoom. We hope to see you there! 

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 pm (ADST) 
Location: Zoom (Link to be provided 1 day before event) 
RSVP: https://events.humanitix.com/wimsig-awards-information-session?_gl=1*1cr9tnn*_ga*MTQyNDMyMzY0Ny4xNzA4MzI3MTkw*_ga_LHKW5FR9N6*MTcwODMzNDkwMS4yLjEuMTcwODMzNTc1NS4xMC4wLjA. 

Call for Expressions of Interest: WIMSIG Mentoring 2024 Program 

We’re excited to announce the launch of the WIMSIG Mentoring 2024 Program and invite members to participate! This inclusive initiative welcomes mentors and mentees from all backgrounds, including students at every level. 

Whether you’re an established professional eager to share your expertise or a student seeking guidance, our mentoring program offers a valuable opportunity for personal and professional development within our community. 

Interested in shaping the future as a mentor or seeking support as a mentee? Submit your Expression of Interest by 15 April 2024.  

WIMSIG Mentee Expression of Interest form. 

WIMSIG Mentor Expression of Interest form. 

For more information, visit the WIMSIG Mentoring Website or contact WIMSIG-mentoring@austms.org.au

We look forward to your involvement and the positive impact it will bring to our community. 

WIMSIG Mentoring Committee: 

Xiaoping Lu, Chair (UOW) 

Melissa Humphries (Adelaide) 

Masoud Kamgarpour (UQ) 

News 

  • For the first time in history, three women have been awarded medals at the recent ANZIAM conference. Congratulations to the awardees: 
    • Vivien Challis (QUT) was awarded the JH Michell Medal 
    • Alex James (University of Canterbury) was awarded the EO Tuck Medal 
    • Hinke Osinga (The University of Auckland) was awarded the ANZIAM Medal 
  • Alexandra Hogan (UNSW) shares her experience attending an international meeting with her 6 month baby, with support from her institution: https://www.science.org/content/article/i-traveled-my-baby-international-meeting-my-institution-s-help
  • There is still a long way to go for women in maths, with just 5 women winning a top maths prize in the last 90 years: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00501-1?utm_source=Live+Audience&utm_campaign=bd49cc4626-briefing-dy-20240219&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b27a691814-bd49cc4626-50383700.  
  • At the WIMSIG lunch held at the recent ANZIAM conference, a poll was conducted asking attendees what their workplace does or could do to support gender diversity in the workplace. A subset of the responses are presented below, please feel free to share and advocate for these initiatives in your own institution if these supports do not already exist: 
    • Mentoring programs 
    • Information sessions for female and gender diverse people about promotions, leadership and career planning 
    • Management distributing service burden in an equitable manner 
    • Better terms for paternal leave 
    • Research funds during parental leave 
    • Funds for carers to attend conferences/meetings 
    • Dedicated breastfeeding facilities 
    • Gender neutral toilets 
    • Greater adoption of the use of pronouns 
    • Gender affirmation leave 
    • Support for the two-body problem 
    • Updates and educational resources from the equity team 

Jobs 

Monash University is recruiting 5 teaching & research mathematicians.  Exceptional candidates in any area of mathematics will be considered, but areas that are of specific interest include combinatorics, topology, optimisation, numerical analysis, machine learning, mathematical physics, and statistical learning. Enquiries to Head of School Warwick Tucker sci-maths-jobs@monash.edu. Closing date Friday 15 March 2024. https://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/cw/en/job/660206/expressions-of-interest-multiple-positions-as-lecturer-senior-lecturer-associate-professor 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, is advertising a 3-year Lecturer in Mathematical Modelling position. This would be a 40% teaching, 60% research position in the School of Mathematical Sciences. To apply, head to this link

Opportunities and Communities 

  • Celebrate International Women’s Day with Australia’s Rising WiDS Stars! (WiDS = Women in Data Science): The Australian Data Science Network introduces you to more than two-dozen women in Data Science from around Australia who are quickly becoming rising stars in the field. They’ll share their journeys, why they’re in Data Science and what they’re doing, and explore the issue of gender equity in STEM and what they experience in their careers and studies. Each person will speak for 10 minutes. 
  • The STEAM Ahead Program run by Dream Big is now open for applications from female and nonbinary students in their second year of a Bachelor degree or beyond, training them to become ‘career-ready’: https://www.dreambigaustralia.org/our-program.   

Have you read an interesting article? Have some news? Have an opportunity available? 

Please send items to WIMSIG-news@austms.org.au

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