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Each year AMSI’s Vacation Research Scholarship program funds undergraduate students from across Australia to complete a six-week research project over the summer break. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for projects in the mathematical sciences.

In 2015/16, 50 students were selected from 76 applicants to become AMSI Vacation Research Scholars and complete their research project.

Vacation scholars experience life as a researcher – completing actual research projects under the supervision of academics at their home university – giving them a taste of what it’s like.

The program aims to inspire students to continue with further research in the future, and for some the Vacation Research Scholarship project leads to their first academic publication.

At the end of summer, scholars come together to present their findings to peers and supervisors at the Big Day In Conference, which gives them invaluable professional development experience in communication and networking skills, and a unique opportunity to meet like-minded scholars. This year’s Big Day In was hosted by AMSI from 9-11 February at International House, at the University of Melbourne.

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