UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a development program to support our female research students and Early Career Scientists become science professionals. There are two streams each year: PhD Students and Early Career Scientists employed within UNSW Science.

What is involved?

  • Maths and Science Champion

You’ll be part of a community of ambassadors who will influence and inspire women to pursue a career in maths and science. Through sharing personal journeys, career aspirations, innovations, and contributions to society you’ll establish a connected network of women in maths and science. Over the 12 month program you will be required to complete 20 hours of outreach activities ranging from high school visits to creating content for your social media profile.

  • Development Workshops

There will be 5 workshops throughout the year with a focus on presentation skills, communication skills, leadership development, and career development. Each workshop will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to maximise the impact of your engagement and work. 

  • Postgraduate Research Showcase (PhD Stream Only)

At the end of the program, you will have the chance to apply everything you’ve learned to the Postgraduate Research Showcase. The competition includes the submission of a 250-word abstract, a poster, and a one-minute presentation. Competing in the 2019 Postgraduate Research Showcase is a requirement for program completion.

  • Individual Coaching

Throughout the Program you will have two–three sessions with an Executive Coach regarding your personal strengths, goal setting, and career development. These sessions are designed to support you throughout the Program and maximise the impact of your learnings.

Who is it for?

  • PhD Stream

The program is female students enrolled in Masters by Research or PhD students (most likely in second and third year) in a UNSW Science Program (full time or part time equivalent) with aspirations for personal and professional growth and a commitment to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.

  • Early Career Scientists Stream

This stream is for early career scientists that are 07 years post PhD, or hold an undergraduate maths and science degree and have at least 5 years experience working in maths or science (excluding career interruptions). You must also currently hold an academic, professional, or technical position within the Faculty of Science; have aspirations for personal and professional growth; and a commitment to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.


Applications for both cohorts have now closed. Applications will open again mid 2019 for Program commencement in August 2019. The Program is 12 months long.


The development workshops will be based at the UNSW Kensington campus, though there may be some travel within Sydney for your role as a Maths and Science Champion.


Dr Jessica Stanley, Project Officer, Women in Maths and Science Champions Program,


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