Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day
Funded by a grant from Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation
Each year in February, approximately 60 young women in their junior year of high school, along with their mathematics teachers, come to Emporia State University to participate in Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day. The program is a celebration of the students’ accomplishments in mathematics and of Kovalevsky, the first recognized female with a Ph. D. to make significant contributions to the field of mathematics before the 20th century.
All high schools within a 50-mile radius surrounding Emporia are invited to select three young women who have excelled in mathematics in the classroom to attend. The program begins with a first-person narrative of Kovalevsky by an Emporia State theatre student and ends with a reception where participants receive a certificate of recognition. They attend career speaker presentations and workshops during the day, led by women professionals in mathematics-based occupations. The students are encouraged to continue pursuing the field of mathematics in their studies.
The Department of Mathematics and Economics at Emporia State University has been participating in this program for more than 20 years.
For more information about the program, contact the Department of Mathematics & Economics at Emporia State University at 620-341-5281.
- Born January 3, 1850; Died February 10, 1891
- Made original math contributions in analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics
- First woman appointed to a full professorship in Europe at Stockholm University in Sweden in 1889
- First woman editor for a scientific journal, the Acta Mathematica
- Wrote several non-mathematical works including a memoir, plays and autobiographical novel
2018 Program Specifics:
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 2:15pm
Where: Memorial Union, Emporia State University