2019 Diversity in Mathematics: Undergraduate Summer School Information and Registration

  • Start Date: 07/22/2019
  • End Date: 08/02/2019

Vancouver, BC


Undergraduate Summer School Eligibility Requirements:


The summer school is open to female-identified undergraduate students studying mathematics or a related discipline such as computer science, physics and statistics at a university in Canada or in the Pacific Northwest of theUnited States, with at least one year of studies remaining in their program. Priority will be given to second and third-year students. Canadians and permanent residents studying outside Canada are also eligible to apply. Each participant will receive on-campus room and board and an allowance for travel expenses within Canada.


Please note that the purpose of the program is to introduce the undergraduate participants to a wide variety of professions and careers, in academia and in industry, where advanced mathematics is used every day with spectacular success. It is NOT a purely research-oriented or purely industry-oriented summer school, rather a sampler of different flavours of mathematics-based careers.


A new component of the program will facilitate effective engagement and interaction with high school students who are good at math, who may not have had enough opportunities to learn about the impact of advanced mathematics and who can thrive under the mentorship of bright and strong undergraduate women in STEM.


Please use the above information to assess your interest and fit for the program. Address these items adequately in your personal statement.


Program delivery format: 

Courses: There will be two mini-courses, running through the two weeks, taught by female instructors on the topic of their choice. The students will do group projects  with presentations the last day for each course. More details on the course will be made available soon.


Field Trips:One day each week will be for field trips to businesses employing mathematicians.


Distinguished public lecture: Speaker TBC 


Guest speakers: Speaker TBC  


Panel discussion:  Speaker TBC   



Application information:

Interested participants are required to review the below information carefully. Application and registration to the Summer School is a two step system. Applicants must send in the information below. Once you qualify, you will receive an email from the organizers with the second step on registration and payment of the summer school fee ($100CAD). Early applications are strongly encouraged as spaces may fill up early.


To apply please send an email to diversity-ug@pims.math.ca


Email Subject Line: DIVERSITY IN MATH: Summer School Application: Last Name, First Name  

Email Contents:

a) A personal statement (300 words max) including why you would like to participate, the value of this workshop to you and how you have prepared for this summer school. Also indicate whether you will require accommodation on-campus.

b) CV

c) Informal transcript

d) Attach one letter of recommendation from your supervisor or other qualified persons. It should indicate why you are well suited to the summer school, and how you would benefit from attending.


Please submit applications no later than April 1, 2019.  



Other Information: 


Arrivals and check-in to residence: July 21, 2019

Departures and check out: Aug 2, 2019

Full program details will be made available soon.



Accommodation will be available for the undergraduate component only. Housing will be at the University of British Columbia dorms and at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.


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