Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day

"Math Girls R.O.C.K."

 Math Girls R.O.C.K. poster

The 12th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

at MacLean Hall on the University of Iowa campus


The event is now over.  See you next year!



Sonia Kovalevsky was a renowned mathematician, writer, and advocate for women’s rights in the 19th century. She was the first woman member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the first modern European woman to attain full professorship. She also established the first significant result in the general theory of partial differential equations, won the Prix Bordin, was an editor of a prominent mathematics journal, and was also a gifted writer. 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

In her honor, the University of Iowa Mathematics Department organizes an annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day. High-school-aged women, their educators, and parents or guardians are invited to a day-long program featuring workshops, interactive talks, and panels of professionals with math-related jobs. This year’s event will also feature a poster session.  The goal of SK Day is to stimulate young women's interest in math and encourage them to continue studying math and science.  We would also like to inspire young women to pursue careers in the sciences by providing role models 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. 

Note for parents and teacher participants: 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.



 Group portrait of attendees

Sonia Kovalevsky Day 2017 Attendees

Sonia Kovalevsky Day Fact Sheet

What: Speakers, discussions, a poster session, games, food, prizes, and fun! [schedule of events]
Where: MacLean Hall (MLH) on the campus of the University of Iowa  [interractive map]
When:Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
High-school-aged women, their educators, and parents or guardians
Cost:This is a free event!


Webpage last updated by D. Slauson on March 7, 2017