Competition: She Does BioMaths

To celebrate the Year of Mathematical Biology, Newnham College is inviting female students studying GCSE at a UK state school to explore some of the intriguing connections between mathematics and the biological sciences.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to two groups: girls studying at a standard age UK state school who started Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018, and women over 20 who, for any reason, are currently studying for their A-levels in the UK. There will be separate prizes for each of these cohorts.

What’s involved?

To enter the competition you will need to choose one of the two projects. The first part of the project will consist of mathematical questions on topics you may not have encountered before. The second, and most important, part is the project question. This is an unstructured question, with no one right answer. For the project question, you can explore the subject in any way you want, and in the end you’ll write up what you’ve discovered and created. Find out more by clicking the link here.

How to Submit

Girls studying at a standard age UK state school who started Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018 should submit their project to Newnham College using this link to the entry form. Please note that we are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold. Information about how your personal information will be used by us in connection with the administration of this event/activity, and for related purposes, is available here. Please contact Newnham’s Schools Liaison & Outreach Officer ( with any questions in the first instance.

What’s the prize?

In each age group, there will be one winner, and one runner-up, for each project. Each winner will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers,and will be invited to visit the respective colleges and the maths faculty to experience a taste of life in maths at Cambridge. Each runner-up will receive £50 in Amazon vouchers.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for submission is Monday 12th November 2018 at 12 midnight.

Are there resources to help?

Here you can find information and links to help you with your project, expand your mathematical knowledge, or just feed your curiosity.