The 14th annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day

April 6, 2019 - 12:00am
University of Iowa

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 Sonia Kovalevskywas 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.

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.

Visit the SK Day webpages at