By Professor Cheryl Praeger, WA Scientist of the Year 2009
As the vital role of technology in modern society increases, the mathematical sciences are becoming indispensable. Many disciplines such as physics and economics have always relied on a foundation of mathematics, but now virtually every area of our lives depends on the mathematical sciences – from healthcare to telecommunications, from understanding climate change, to making secure financial transactions.
Teenagers in suburbs like Lockridge, Girrawheen and Hamilton Hill don't often pay much attention to the idea of going to university.
But now these high school students have come to the attention of UWA... and we're spending $2.45 million to encourage teenagers from these and 21 other similar areas in Perth and the Pilbara to study at University.