Diversity in Mathematics: Undergraduate Summer School Information and Registration

  • Start Date: 08/07/2018
  • End Date: 08/17/2018

University of British Columbia


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. Details are available here.The students will do group projects  with presentations the last day for each course. Each course will also have a graduate student TA/mentor.


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:

Application and registration to the Summer School is a two step system:

1: Step one of the application process is now complete.

2: Accepted applicants will receive an email from the organizers (on or before April 23, 2018) with the second step on registration and payment of the summer school fee ($50CAD).






For queries about the summer school, please email the PIMS Program Manager.


Other Information: 


Arrivals and check-in to residence: Aug 6, 2018

Departures and check out: Aug 17, 2018

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.



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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