Internships and Scholarships

The Centre for Mathematical Biology stimulates and supports excellent research across the interface of the mathematical and biological sciences. In 2013, the CMB will offer:

  • internships to second- and third-year students for a project that spans both mathematics and biology and offer good prospects for proceeding to honours.
  • top-up scholarships to PhD students who pursue an interdisciplinary project spanning mathematics and biology.

The closing date for both these schemes is Wednesday 20 March, 2013. Internships are worth $1000 and top-up scholarships are worth $5000 for 2013 only. The number of awards is limited by the funding available.

Internships

Candidates for internships must be second- or third-year students. The project must span both areas and offer good prospects for proceeding to honours.

Winton Charitable Foundation Internships in Mathematical Biology

The Winton Charitable Trust has made a generous grant to the University of Sydney for the purpose of awarding internships to second and third year students to conduct a project at the University of Sydney that spans both mathematics and biology and that offers good prospects for proceeding to an honours thesis.

Information about the Internships

  1. The purpose of the internships is to give undergraduate students a taste of research in mathematical biology. Each intern is expected to negotiate a suitable pattern of work with her or his supervisor. In particular, unless there are exceptional circumstances, interns are expected to start work on their project during Semester 1 and to spend at least three weeks of the mid-year break working on it.
  2. Every intern is expected to attend the Winton Scheme Workshop Day in the mid- semester break in September unless there are exceptional circumstances and to present the results of their work either as a poster or a short talk and to attend other students’ talks and the poster session at the workshop.
  3. Internships will be awarded based on merit through a competitive application process.
  4. The scholarship awarded to each intern will be $1092 and will be paid in two equal installments, one in July and the other in September. Nine scholarships are available.

How to Apply:

  1. Find a suitable project. Some projects will listed on the CMB website from Week 2 of semester. You can also discuss possible projects with members of staff and write your own proposal. Members of the Centre for Mathematical Biology are listed on the CMB website. Any biological area and any area of mathematics, except for straightforward statistical data analysis is acceptable.
  2. Prepare or refine a proposal. The proposal should be about half a page in length and must explain what the project is and why it spans both mathematics and biology. You must include the name(s) of the staff member(s) who will supervise you on the proposal.
  3. Prepare an application. You should download an application form from the website (available from Week 2) and follow the instructions on the form. Your application must also include a letter or a copy of an email from your prospective supervisor that says that they are willing to supervise you.
  4. Submit your application by 4pm on Wednesday 20 March. The application is to be submitted as three copies on paper to A/Prof Mary Myerscough, Director of the Centre of Mathematical Biology at her office, room 626 Carslaw Building. If you are not usually on Sydney University campus you may send your application electronically.

Scholarships

Candidates for a top-up scholarship must be:

  • M.Phil. students who are pursuing an interdisciplinary project and enrol in suitable coursework in both mathematics and biology;

Or

  • PhD students whose project spans both mathematics and biology.
    Preference may be given to candidates who were previously awarded internships in mathematical biology.

Winton Charitable Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships in Mathematical Biology

The Winton Charitable Trust has made a generous grant to the University of Sydney for the purpose of awarding top-up scholarships to postgraduate students who are enrolled in a PhD or M.Phil and pursuing an interdisciplinary project that spans both mathematics and biology.

Information about the Scholarships

  1. 1. The scholarships are valued at $5000 and are for 2013 only. There are seven scholarships available.
  2. Postgraduate research students who are conducting eligible research and have completed the equivalent of no more than six fulltime semesters of a PhD are eligible to apply. An applicant may hold an Australian Postgraduate Award, another top-up scholarship or no scholarship at all.
  3. M.Phil. students who are pursuing an interdisciplinary project and enrol in suitable coursework in both mathematics and biology are also eligible to apply.
  4. Every scholarship holder is expected to attend the Winton Scheme Workshop Day in the mid-semester break in September and to present either a poster or a short talk on their research and to attend other students’ talks and the poster session at the workshop unless there are exceptional circumstances that prevent their attendance.
  5. If more that seven applications are received the awardees will be selected on merit and the degree of the interdisciplinary nature of their project.

How to Apply:

  1. Write a short description of your research of about one A4 page in length. The exact details that you include will depend on what stage of your degree you have reached. If you are early in your PhD candidature, this will mostly be about the research that you propose to do. If you are in your second or third year, the description might include a short summary of your most important results. You should include in your description an explanation of why your project is interdisciplinary and spans both mathematics and biology. You might mention, for example, any collaboration that you have with scientists in other disciplines or, perhaps how your project synthesizes experimental work and mathematical modelling.
  2. Prepare a current CV. Include any publications that you have had accepted and any conference talks that you have given.
  3. Submit your application by 4pm on Wednesday 20 March. The application is to be submitted as three paper copies to A/Prof Mary Myerscough, Director of the Centre of Mathematical Biology at her office, room 626 Carslaw Building. If you are not usually on Sydney University campus you may send your application electronically.
  4. Ask your supervisor for a letter of support. This should be sent by email directly to the Director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology, A/Prof. Mary Myerscough () to reach her by 4pm on Wednesday 20 March.

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