Dr Ellen Muir

PhD graduate, Dr Ellen Muir, talks about the benefits of studying mathematics.

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I have always had a passion for mathematics and it wasn’t until I started university that I began to appreciate how it can be used as a powerful tool to gain insight into problems in a variety of fields and applications.

When I was choosing my breadth subjects in first-year, a subject adviser suggested I might like microeconomics. I didn't expect to learn economics at university and I certainly didn't expect it would become a major research focus of my Masters and PhD studies.

Studying at the University of Melbourne has given me the opportunity to pursue my research interests in mathematics and economics with excellent supervision and mentoring. I would encourage science students to consider taking mathematics subjects as they equip you with valuable quantitative, problem-solving and analytical skills.

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