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Sonia Kovalevsky Day Workshop

Sonia Kovalevsky Day Workshop

This Year's SK Day

SK Day is full day event, scheduled for March 27, 2015. The graduate students at UA will host workshops and provide breakfast, lunch and a chance to meet women mathematicians at all stages in their careers. We anticipate being able to accomodate three schools, with one teacher and up to 15 high-school students (at any mathematics level, but they should be interested in math) from each school. The schools will be allowed to sign-up on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, if you are interested in participating but don't get a chance this year, please let us know if you'd be interested in coming next year, and you'll be the first we call!  If you are home schooled student please contact us directly as soon as possible.  

Important Deadlines for Participating Schools

Feb. 20, 2015: Let us know you are interested. The first three (or so) schools to express interest are guaranteed participation. After that, it depends on how much space is still available.

March 6, 2014: Full commitment and a (preliminary) list of the participating students. (See sign-up sheet for the information we need - please email us this information or fax us a copy of the filled-out sign-up sheet by this date; we especially need a list of students math-class level and t-shirt sizes by this time).

If your school requires permission slips for field trips and/or requires you do to arrange for transportation to the UA campus, please have this taken care of by March 6 and let us know. We can then provide directions and details.

See below for a copy of a flyer to print out and post in your classroom for interested students.

More About SK Day:

In honor of Sonia Kovalevsky, one of the world's best mathematicians, we celebrate Sonia Kovalevsky Day each year in the UA Department of Mathematics. Local area high school students are invited to participate in the day-long workshop designed and run by the women graduate students within the Department of Mathematics and held on the UA Campus.

The workshop is designed for high-school students interested in math. There are talks, activities and prizes and the students get hands-on experience with different mathematical fields. They also have the opportunity to meet professional women who do math for a living.

Sonia Kovalevsky, born in 1850 in Moscow, Russia, was regarded as one of world's best mathematicians in her time, and was the first woman member of Russian Academy of Sciences and the first modern European woman to attain full professorship. She established the first significant result in the general theory of partial differential equations, was a Prix Bordin winner and editor of a prominent mathematics journal. A gifted writer, Kovalevsky once said:

Many who have never had occasion to learn what mathematics is confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it a dry and arid science. In reality, however, it is the science which demands the utmost imagination…It seems to me that the poet must see what others do not see, must look deeper than others look. And the mathematician must do the same thing.

Visit for more information on Sonia Kovalevsky and to hear last year's organizers discuss women in mathematics.

We will like to give special thanks to Rincon Research Corp for their support this year.  

For more information, contact:

Amy Lynn Been

Amy Lynn Been

Graduate Associate, Research
Graduate Student, Teaching & Teacher Education
Angelica Gonzalez

Angelica Gonzalez

Graduate Associate, Teaching
Graduate Student, Mathematics
Graduate Student, Statistics
MATH 507
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