Two Weeks in Vancouver - A Summer School for Women in Math

  • Start Date: 08/15/2016
  • End Date: 08/25/2016

University of British Columbia


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This is an exciting time for women and visible minorities in the basic sciences. More and more women from diverse backgrounds continue to beat formidable odds and come to the forefront of their professions with spectacular achievements. For the first time in its distinguished history, the Fields medal has been awarded to a woman, Professor Maryam Mirzakhani. The presidents at the helm of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) are two other highly acclaimed female mathematicians, respectively Professors Ingrid Daubechies and Lia Bronsard. For the last decade or so, considerable effort has been invested in researching and ensuring gender equity, and we are beginning to see the gratifying repercussions of this heightened awareness. At the same time, this increase in diversity has not yet resulted in a representation of women and minorities in graduate programs at the rate or proportion one might expect. We are still looking for ways to support this pipeline.


The summer school will feature  a highly selective program over 10 days at UBC. Highlights include:


(i) two mini-courses by Rachel Kuske (UBC) and Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)

(ii) guest lectures from academia and industry

(iii) a public lecture by Gerda de Vries (UAlberta)

(iv) field trips. 


Click here for Prof. Kuske's Lecture Notes.


Click here for Prof. Schaposnik's Lecture Notes.


Click here for Prof. van Willigenburg's Slides. 


Click here for the program.  



The aim of the summer school is to target top female undergraduate students from across the country and the northwest United States, specializing in mathematics or in the closely related fields of computer science, physics and statistics. Participants will be selected based on an application process highlighted below.




Shawn Desaulniers (UBC)

Rachel Kuske (UBC)

Fok-Shuen Leung (UBC)

Malabika Pramanik (Committee Chair, UBC)

Other Information: 


University of British Columbia - Vancouver: Earth Sciences Building. See Map here.



Application Process:

Interested participants are required to review the below information carefully. Application and registration to the Summer School is a two step system:


Step One:

Step one of the summer school application is complete. Organizers are now reviewing the applications. Quallified undergraduate students will be sent an email with more details on step two below.


Step Two:

Once you qualify, you will receive an email from the organizers with the second step on registration and payment of the summer school fee ($50CAD).




All non-local participants will be housed on-campus at UBC. Particpants are expected to check in on Aug 14, 2016 and check out on Aug 25, 2016. Confirmation reservations will be sent to accepted particpants early in July.



Local Information:

Getting from the Airport to UBC by transit

From the Vancouver Airport, take the Canada Line Skytrain going to Broadway City Hall Station. Get of the platform and walk up to street level. Cross the street and you should see the #99Bline UBC stop outside the Lululemon store. Take this bus to the UBC Bus Loop which is the last stop. Walk 10 minutes to Ponderosa Commons (see UBC Map here). More directions using transit are available here.** You are required to purchase train tickets via compass. Please check on exact fares on Translink.

Local Transit: UBC is transit friendly and Bike friendly. Check information on arriving on campus by transit and getting transit tickets here; rent-a-bike to get round campus here.


Taxis: Taxis are available outside Walter H. Gage Towers or by phone at 604-861-1111.


Local Weather: Check current conditions here.


Food Outlets and their hours of operations: On Campus; Off campus such as UBC VillagePoint Grey Village and Westbrook village offer an array of restaurants and food outlets.


On Campus Activities: UBC recreation and UBC’s top attractions.  







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Final scientific report available here.