STEM Women Summer School

STEM Women Summer School


Corpus is pleased to again host a three-day residential summer school for Year 12 (or equivalent) women who are interested in mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering and are planning on applying to a competitive university in autumn 2017. The event is aimed at encouraging women to study STEM subjects at university, and to give them advice on course choice and how best to prepare a competitive application. The summer school will run from 29 June – 1 July 2017 at Corpus, with accommodation and meals provided free of charge. The programme features:

  • Lectures by leading Cambridge scientists and mathematicians on a range of cutting-edge research topics, including Dr Sian Dutton on new battery technology for renewable energy and Dr. Julia Gog, on mathematical models of infectious disease.
  • Visits to the Cavendish Physics Laboratory and the Department of Engineering
  • Sessions on preparing a competitive application for sciences at university, and on what to expect in a Cambridge interview
  • Practical problem-solving sessions using the isaac Physics website, led by members of the team who developed it
  • A tour of the college, dinner in our hall, and a chance to meet current women undergraduates and faculty members in the sciences for advice on applications and careers

This event builds on last year’s successful initiative, which saw 105 Year 12 women from  85 schools across the UK participate.

Eligibility and How to Apply

The summer school is open to all female UK  students who are in Year 12 (or equivalent) and who will be making an application to university in 2017. Preference will be given to applicants from state sector schools, particularly those with little history of sending students to Cambridge. In order to be considered, candidates must:

  • Be studying towards, or have achieved, an A Level in Mathematics or an equivalent
  • Also be studying towards, or have achieved,  an A Level (or an equivalent) in two of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Further Maths
  • Attempt as many mathematics and physics training problems as possible from two assignments on the isaac Physics website. Please follow the joining instructions in order to sign up to isaac Physics and begin tackling the problems. They are challenging, and will take some time to work through. The deadline for attempting as many problems as possible is Tuesday 31 May. Successful candidates and their schools will be notified in early June, when applications will be finalised.





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