UNSW Women in Maths & Science Champions Program

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a 12-month career development program to support our research students and early career scientists who identify as women to become science professionals.

The program is designed to enhance participants’ university experience, prepare them for their careers, and establish a connected network of women in maths and science.

It provides women employed within UNSW Science with the skills and confidence to build their public profile and make a positive impact on the broader science community.

Program Benefits & Outline

The program incorporates five development workshops that aim to provide the participants with the knowledge and confidence to maximise the impact of their engagement, their research, and their work. The workshops will focus on:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Social Media Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development

The role of a UNSW Maths and Science Champion requires a minimum of 20 hours of outreach activities within the twelve-month program, to encourage and inspire girls and women to pursue a career in maths and science. The participants will form a community of ambassadors who are fully engaged with UNSW Science outreach activities.

Additionally, participants in the program will partake in focus sessions, undergo a strengths profile assessment, and undertake one-on-one career coaching sessions. Participants in the PhD Cohort will have the opportunity to apply their program learnings to the Postgraduate Research Showcase towards the end of the Program.

Who is it for?

PhD Cohort

The PhD Cohort is for students who identify as women enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research in UNSW Science (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 Cohort

The Early Career Scientists Cohort is for early career scientists that are 0–7 years post‑PhD or hold an undergraduate maths and science degree and at least 5 years’ experience working in maths or science (excluding career interruptions). They must also currently hold an academic or professional position in UNSW Science; have aspirations for personal and professional growth; and a commitment to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and LGBQTI people.

Program Timetable

The 2021 program timetable can be found here.

There are a total of 6 development workshops that will be delivered in a blended model of online and face-to-face at the UNSW Kensington campus.

How to Apply

Applications for 2021 have now closed. 

If you have any questions please email our Program Manager, Dr Jessica Stanley.