For Prospective Students

Publicity and Outreach

Outreach Calendar 2017

Outreach events

  • Thursday 27 April. Simon Marais Lecture: The mathematics of déjà vu. Speaker: Professor Amie Wilkinson.

  • Tuesday 2 May. Prizes and Scholarship Night. Speaker: Sabrina Rodrigues.
  • Thursday 8 June. Girls in maths add up. Speakers: Jacqui Ramagge, Mary Myerscough, Jean Yang, Di Warren, Adrienne Jenner.
  • Wednesday June 14. Mega Maths Day. Speaker: Di Warren.
  • Wednesday/Thursday 5/6 July. SAGE/Sydney Ideas. Trailblazer: The extraordinary life of Hanna Neumann (1914–1971), Australia's first female professor of mathematics. Speaker: Dr Peter M Neumann.
  • Saturday 26 August. Open Day.
  • Tuesday 3 October. Finding Fibonacci. Speaker: Keith J Devlin.
  • Tuesday 31 October (TBC). From victims to nerds to hell raisers. Speaker: Professor Ghoussoub.

Other important dates

  • Friday 15 December. ATAR release.
  • Saturday 16 December. Information Day.
  • Sunday 17 December. UAC close of preferences.
  • Thursday 21 December. UAC round 1 offers.
  • Friday 12 January. UAC round 2 offers.
  • Wednesday 17 January. Academic Advice Day.
  • Wednesday 31 January. UAC round 3 offers.

Outreach into Schools 2017

The School of Maths & Stats is passionate in partnering with high school maths teachers as they inspire and equip future generations of mathematically literate Australians, supporting the Chief Scientist's report (2014).

To discuss a school booking for 2017, please contact Dr Di Warren.

Our main programs include:

(1) Inquiring Minds

Presenters are available for school visits in the Sydney region, and further afield by special request.

The following topics are available in 2017.


Super(bats)man vs Bradman

Most cricket statistics are very simplified and don't go beyond the traditional batting average and strike rates. Using data analysis, visualisation and clustering, we investigate the concept of variance, correlations and principal component analysis, and what we discover about cricket.

Presenter: Kevin Wang

Level: Year 10 and up


Why You Can't Beat the House

An introduction to expected values, with practical examples taken from common card and dice games where outcomes are uniformly distributed. A more advanced level considers games where outcomes are not uniformly distributed, for example basic stock market models.

Presenter: Merlin Ge

Level: Year 10 and up



How many planes fly each day in the world? How much money is spent on pizza every Friday night in Australia? This seminar involves a lot of audience interaction and live M&M games, as students learn about guesstimate (aka market sizing) and common methodologies for making more accurate estimates.

Presenter: Merlin Ge; Level: Year 10 and up

platonic solids

Forming the Platonic Solids

A hands on seminar where students learn about the beauty of platonic solids and then work in groups to form as many different shapes as possible.

Presenter: George Papadopoulos

Level: Talented Yr 5-6; Years 7-9


Pokemons Gone Mathematical

A seminar which introduces students to theoretical (probability), methodologies (simulations and implementations) and applied statistics (visualisation), showing off a range of career possibilities in mathematics.

Presenter: Kevin Wang

Level: Year 11 Ext 1 or 2

cancer research

Uncertainty in Cancer Research

A seminar which introduces students to the concept of uncertainty by investigating current projects in cancer research.

Presenter: Shila Ghazanfar

Level: Year 11 Ext 1 or 2


The Maths of Atmospheric Chemistry

Understanding our atmosphere requires not only chemistry, but mathematical models to describe the chemistry. Investigating a recent project where we found interesting inconsistencies between the model and direct measurements.

Presenter: Maggie Corrigan


Chemical dynamics

For most chemical reactions we can write down an equation that tells us the reagents and products, and can tell us how quickly this reaction should happen under different reaction conditions. But the maths isn't always simple, and we don't just get a single solution to the equation showing interesting dynamics in the reaction.

Presenter: Maggie Corrigan


Puzzles and Riddles

Presenter: Merlin Ge

Level: Years 7-12

(2) Meet the four Professors


A special experience to inspire girls into careers in maths and stats.

Bring a school group of young women into Sydney Uni to spend time with our 4 female Professors: Prof. Nalini Joshi (Applied), Prof. Jean Yang (Statistics), Prof. Jacqui Ramagge (Pure) and Prof. Mary Myerscough (Mathematical Biology).

Suits those considering a career in STEM as well as those thinking of dropping maths for the HSC.

"Our girls were buzzing all the way home on the train, talking about their future careers in Maths!" (Bulli High, 2016).

(3) Mentoring HSC Ext2 Students

A program to encourage students doing Extension 2 Maths for HSC in schools with very small cohorts (3 or less students), especially low SES regions.

A postgraduate student from your local area will meet monthly to discuss any hard ideas and problems.

(4) Parent & Student Information Nights

Speakers are available for school visits in the Sydney region, and further afield by special request.

(5) Mega Maths Day

Mega Maths is about inspiring Year 10 students to see the importance of mathematics in whatever career their choose. Run on the Sydney University Camperdown Campus in June, students experience a range of workshops showcasing the importance of maths in different settings.

Registrations for Mega Maths Day 2017 will open online in March.

Bookings are open to Year 10 students and must be made by the classroom teacher.

(6) Community Events

Sydney Science Forum

HSC and Careers Expo

Australian Museum Science Festival

International Science School

Spectacular Science

National Maths Summer School