Applied mathematics student receives 1st Olympic Girls Award at Paraná State Legislative Assembly
Paula Eduarda de Lima, a student at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of Applied Mathematics (FGV EMAp), was recently presented with the 1st Olympic Girls Award during a full session of the Paraná State Legislative Assembly. These awards were created to recognize and encourage the performance of female students from Paraná in scientific Olympiads.
This year, she won silver and bronze medals at the Brazilian Public School Mathematics Olympiad, after three honorable mentions in consecutive years. Thanks to her performance, she was invited by Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Center for the Development of Mathematics and Science (FGV CDMC) to take the FGV entrance exam and is now studying data science and artificial intelligence at FGV EMAp as a Talent Selection Project scholar.
Originally from Jaboti, a small town in rural northern Paraná and the daughter of coffee farmers, Paula always studied at government schools. Passionate about knowledge and interested in understanding how things work, she found out about the Brazilian Public School Mathematics Olympiad and decided to take part in it. She received three honorable mentions in the first three years, followed by a silver and a bronze this year. She also won two gold medals in the Brazilian Astronomy Olympiad. These results would open up incredible doors and opportunities in her life that she never imagined she would experience.
“At the end of high school, I was invited by FGV to take part in the Talent Selection Project. I was surprised to find out that I passed the entrance exam and today I’m studying at FGV and living in Rio de Janeiro. It’s an incredible school, I’m learning a lot and having extraordinary experiences with incredible people who I used to admire from afar, and I’m very grateful for that,” she says.
To watch the broadcast from the Paraná State Legislative Assembly, along with a speech on the importance of Olympiad competitions and recognizing girls’ academic achievements, click on this link.
To find out more about Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Center for the Development of Mathematics and Science (FGV CDMC), visit its website.