Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day
The 15th Annual SK Day at the University of Iowa
Originally scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2020,
SK Day is now ** Postponed **
Following the identification of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, the University of Iowa is suspending face-to-face instruction.
SK Day 2020 will be postponed to a later date to be announced.
Events are 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 https://maps.uiowa.edu/pbb .
Who is Sonia Kovalevsky?
Sonia Kovalevsky was a Russian mathematician, writer, and advocate for women’s rights in the 19th century. She is known for her contributions to the areas of mathematical study: analysis, partial differential equations, and mechanics, for which she won the Prix Bordin award. She was the first major Russian female mathematician, the first female member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the first modern European woman to attain full professorship. Despite social conventions of the time restricting the involvement of women in such fields, Sonia Kovalevsky made major contributions to academia.
In honor of her, the Mathematics Department at the University of Iowa organizes SK day yearly with the goal to inspire young women interested in math and show them they have limitless possibilities.
The University of Iowa Mathematics Department organizes an annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics day for high-school aged women, their parents or guardians, and their teachers. The 2020 SK day will be the 15th annual such event and we are excited to hold this very special event once again!
The goal of this day is to encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science. We do this by providing female role models and educating them about the limitless possibilities of mathematics and the limitless possibilities they have when entering fields involving math.
The day-long program includes workshops, interactive talks, math related games and panels of professionals with math-related jobs. Sonia Kovalesky Day is an opportunity for young women to engage in a day of networking, mentoring, and fun!
There is no cost to attend the event, and participants have opportunities to win prizes as well as meet and talk with university professors and students. All participants will receive a tee shirt, breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of participation. Parents and teachers are also welcome to accompany their students to this event and are encouraged to attend the special parent/teacher sessions throughout the day.
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 18th, 2020
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.
The University of Iowa was founded on February 25th, 1847
Webpage revised March 11, 2020 by D.M. Slauson, Dept. of Mathematics