Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day
Emporia State hosts a conference each February to honor women in the junior year of high school for their accomplishments in mathematics. All high schools within a 50 mile radius surrounding Emporia are invited to select three young women in their junior year who have been particularly successful in mathematics (upon request we have allowed teachers to bring as many as six students, space permitting.) On a Thursday in February, approximately 60 young women, accompanied by their mathematics teachers, come to campus for a day-long series of fun mathematical events and special presentations by women professionals in mathematical occupations.
The day begins with a welcome and a first person narrative performance of Sonia by an Emporia State theatre student and ends with a reception in which participants receive certificates of recognition. In its first two years, this program was funded by a grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics. The AWM grants are intended as start up grants. So after two years, other funds had to be found to continue this effort. Fortunately an annual grant proposal has been approved by the educational outreach sponsored programs office of Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. In 2004, ESU's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science marked the tenth anniversary of its Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day program.