Women in mathematics and statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to encouraging and supporting women in mathematics, at all levels, from primary school to university.

Better representation of women is one of our School’s key objectives.

Over the last decade, almost 50% of our doctoral candidates were women.

Giving women opportunities to pursue careers in mathematical sciences helps to narrow the gender pay gap, improves productivity and economic growth, enhances organisational performance, and contributes to a diverse and talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

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Gender equality at La Trobe

La Trobe University is committed to achieving gender equality in all operations.

This includes removing barriers to the career progression of women, transgender and gender non-binary staff, and increasing gender diversity in senior roles.

We signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter in 2015 and received a Science in Australia Gender Equity Bronze Institutional Award in 2019.

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Our students, staff and alumna

In 2021, Dr Amanda Shaker was an invited presenter at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science event hosted by La Trobe’s SAGE Athena SWAN Program.

In 2021, Dr Ayreena Bakhtawar, a recent PhD graduate and adjunct, organised an online workshop for students at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University Rawalpindi (Pakistan) to promote women in STEM. The event featured speakers from the Department and the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Dr Rebecca Chisholm has given talks promoting mathematical biology and women in STEM.

Twelve of our recent female mathematics and statistics students – including Elisa Tancredi – have received Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Vacation Research Scholarships. In most years, around 50% of our recipients have been women.


We have a range of scholarships available for women in mathematics and statistics.

Find out more about La Trobe’s scholarship opportunities.