Ivy League jostles for maths whiz

02. 823NEWS

• Imogen Forbes-Macphail—valedictorian

HARVARD, Stanford and Yale are amongst seven prestigious US universities to offer doctorate scholarships to Menora polymath Imogen Forbes-Macphail.

The 22-year-old former cloakroom assistant and founder of UWA’s Oxfam club graduated last year with first-class honours in english and cultural studies, winning nine “best of” prizes for english, ancient history and classics.

Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, Chicago and New York universities are all keen to enrol her. Proud mum Isla says her daughter is unique because she excels in both english and mathematics.

“Most people either are good at maths or english, but Imogen is great at both—both sides of her brain are in great shape!”

The former Coolbinia primary school student has a long history of achievement:
•  Year 7—topped WA in english and mathematics in the UNSW Tests;
• Equal highest grade in Australia in english, and second for mathematics, in the UNSW Australia-wide ASSETS test (2005);
• TER: 99.95—won Melbourne university scholarship and UWA Fogarty scholarship.

“I hope to have a career in acadaemia,” Ms Forbes-Macphail says, planning a PhD on mathematics in 19th century literature.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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