Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day

The 14th Annual SK Day at the University of Iowa

Saturday April 6, 2019

Events held in the Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa

Information and an interactive map for Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) may be found at .

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Sonia Kovalevsky was a Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to math in the areas of analysis, partial differential equations, and mechanics, for which she won the Prix Bordin award. She was also a renowned writer and advocate for womens rights in the 19th century. She was the first major Russian female mathematician, the first woman member of the Russian Academy of Sciences where she worked as an editor, and the first modern European woman to attain full professorship.

Although society at that time did not allow women to succeed in academia, Kovalevsky had positive mentors in her life that supported her pursuit of a career in mathematics.

Sonia Kovalesky

Sonia Kovalevsky

In her honor, the University of Iowa Mathematics Department organizes an annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day. High-school-aged women, along with their teachers and parents or guardians are invited to a day-long program featuring workshops, interactive talks, panels of professionals with math-related jobs and fun math games. The goal of SK Day is to stimulate young women's interest in mathematics, and encourage them to pursue a career in math and science. We hope to inspire young women by providing female role models in math and science elds, and educating them about potential career options.

Sonia Kovalevsky Day is an opportunity to engage your female students in a day of networking, mentoring, and fun! There is no cost to attend the event, and there are opportunities to win prizes, and meet and dine with university professors and students.

Note for parents and teacher participants: Sonia Kovalevsky Day consists of engaging sessions, math games, a career panel, and interactive workshops. Participants will receive a tee shirt, breakfast, lunch and snacks, a certificate of participation, and the opportunity to win many prizes including a graphing calculator!  Parents and teachers are encouraged to accompany their students to this event and attend the special parent/teacher sessions. At the University of Iowa we believe that success in the classroom comes from interactive work between students and teachers. We hope this day will inspire more positive cooperation among these young women and the mentors available to them at their schools.

SK Day Group Photo 2019

Sonia Kovalevsky Day 2019 Attendees


Sonia Kovalevsky Day Fact Sheet

What: Speakers, discussions, a poster session, games, food, prizes, and fun! [schedule of events]
Where: Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) on the campus of the University of Iowa  [interactive map]
When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Who: High-school-aged women, their teachers, and parents or guardians
Cost: This is a free event!


About UI Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at the University of Iowa is dedicated to a mission of research, graduate, and undergraduate education in pure and applied mathematics, and support of the education of students in engineering, science, and the liberal arts.

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The University of Iowa was founded on February 25th, 1847

Webpage created on Oct. 11, 2018 by D.M. Slauson, Dept. of Mathematics