Talented Students' Day is an annual event run for students by The Mathematical Association of New South Wales Inc. (MANSW). It is designed to be a challenging and intellectually stimulating occasion for talented students who are studying Mathematics Extension 2. This year UNSW Mathematics and Statistics hosted the event.
The day commenced with an Opening Ceremony in the Science Theatre, with a welcome address by UNSW Science Dean Professor Merlin Crossley.
Mr Peter Brown, Director of First Year Studies in the School, provided this year's Occasional Address.
The T. G. Room Medal was presented to Terry Shang (pictured above) by Professor Crossley. This medal, sponsored by MANSW, is awarded annually to the student who achieves the best result in Mathematics Extension 2 at the HSC exam in the previous year. The award also carries a cash prize of $500.
MANSW representatives, Dr Catherine Attard (President) and Mr Shane Scott also spoke at the ceremony.
Several sessions were held throughout the day for a large group of Year 12 students, facilitated by staff from UNSW, UTS, USyd, and Macquarie University.
David Angell, John Steele, Chris Tisdell, and Randell Heyman from UNSW all ran sessions.
Dr Tisdell hosted a stimulating panel discussion with an audience of 40 year 12 students. Panel members comprised students and staff of the School - Joanna Wang, James Nichols, Barton Lee, Varun Nayyar, Georgia Tsambos, Gary Liang, and Johann Blanco.
The panel and students canvassed topics such as maths careers, women in maths, pure/applied/statistics, and school maths vs. uni maths.