Summer Scholarships 2014/15

24 July 2014

Ever wondered what research in Mathematics is like? Want to give it a go? The Faculty of Science and the Department of Mathematics are offering scholarships for undergraduate students to work as research assistants in the Mathematics Department during the summer holidays. Successful students will work for 10 weeks and receive a scholarship of $5000.

The main aim of the summer scholarship programme is to encourage students to consider postgraduate study. The Department of Mathematics wants to enhance the diversity of its postgraduate student body, and strongly encourages applications from women, Māori and Pasifika students.

The criteria on which these scholarships will be awarded include students’ academic records and their potential to contribute to work in a research group. Priority will be given to students who are completing their second or third year of study in Mathematics, and who have at least a B average in their Mathematics courses.

For more information contact Claire Postlethwaite or Shayne Waldron.


Applications Close: Friday 29th August 2014


Application Forms can be downloaded here of collected from the Maths Office (303.405).

Application Form 2014/15
(237.2 kB, PDF)


Interested students should talk to potential supervisors to find out the details of possible projects. The file below contains more information about the projects, the requirements and the supervisors.  

Summer Scholarships 2014/15
(119.4 kB, PDF)


Projects being offered this year:

Project 1: Nilpotent subgroups of some classical groups over integer ring   

Project 2: Local subgroups of some classical groups   

Project 3: Observing mathematical communication       

Project 4: Desired learning outcomes      

Project 5: Modelling and analysis of clustered ventilation in the lung 

Project 6: Movement of immune cells and the role of HIV         

Project 7: Expander graphs and applications      

Project 8: Lattice-based digital signatures           

Project 9: Knots and tangles

Project 10: The geometry of equations    

Project 11: Forecasting and prediction of observations

Project 12: Synchronisation or not of coupled pulsing lasers  

Project 13: Generalised Julia sets and wild chaos          

Project 14: Computing the subgroup lattice of the simple groups Sz(q)

Project 15: Triangle generation of groups           

Project 17: Active-Technology in mathematic: attitudes & responses

Project 18: How do lecturers present mathematical knowledge in their classes?     

Project 19: How commutative can a group be?   

Project 20: A hard problem for 2x2 invertible matrices?

Project 21: Measuring up pre-turbulence in the Lorenz system           

Project 22: Linear secret sharing schemes          

Project 23: Electoral equilibria

Project 24: Voting manipulation games    

Project 25: Alternative methods of discounting  

Project 26: Modelling calcium oscillations and waves in epithelial cells and smooth muscle          

Project 27: Cell diffusion    

Project 28: Monte Carlo solution of the Schrodinger equation 

Project 29: Vortex dynaimics and vortex stability           

Project 30: The study of a nonlinear PDE with critical behaviours      

Project 31: In search of mathematical thinking