Again a competitive field of outstanding candidates have impressed the assessors and confirmed the depth of talent in women research students in Sydney. The AFGW NSW is pleased to announce the unanimous choice for this year’s AFGW NSW Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship is Adrianne Jenner.

Adrianne is enrolled in the Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney and has a Bachelor of Mathematics (Distinction), Certificate of Languages (French) and a Bachelor of Science (Hons). Her thesis ‘Mathematical modelling of oncolytic virotherapy, immunotherapy and nanoparticle therapy‘ looks at ways to treat breast cancer using viruses and the immune system and Adrianne will develop ‘a mathematical model that will capture the formation of a glioblastoma in the human brain. The interaction between glioblastoma cells and virus therapy can then be simulated using the model and ultimately determine ways of improving therapeutic efficacy.’

Adrianne’s work combines science and mathematics in a meaningful way, showing the importance of STEM for young women students. Alongside her own studies, Adrianne has worked hard to promote mathematics to women and girls through her involvement as a NSW finalist in the Famelab science competition, The Mathematics Roadshow – promoting maths to undergrads, predominantly women and through her co-establishment of the Mathematics Postgraduate Society (MaPS) in the School of Mathematics. Adrienne was also a past recipient of the AFGW NSW Mathematics Prize (2015) awarded to the ‘top woman graduating with Honours in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics’.

Adrianne will use the funds from the scholarship to travel to the laboratory of Professor Yun (Department of Bioengineering, Hanyang University) in Seoul, then ten weeks with Associate Professor Macklin, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, followed by a return to the laboratory in Seoul.

We wish Adrianne the very best with her research trip and completion of her studies and look forward to the rewards of this important research. AFGW NSW also thanks all of this year’s candidates for their worthy applications and wishes them well with their research.