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Sonia Kovalevsky Day Workshop

Sonia Kovalevsky Day Workshop

This Year's SK Day

This year SK Day is free half-day event, scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019. The graduate students at UA will host workshops and provide refreshments, lunch, and a chance to meet women mathematicians at all stages in their careers. We anticipate being able to up to 40 middle and high school students and chaperones on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Important Deadline for Participants:

Mar. 1st, 2019: Let us know if you are interested in participating in the event by sending us the filled-out sign-up sheet by this date via email at Please find in the attached the SK Day Flyer and Sign-Up Form. Please note that we cannot admit minor participant without completely filled out registration form.

Sonia Kovalevsky Day at University of Arizona:

Every year in the Department of Mathematics at UA we celebrate Sonia Kovalevsky Day to honor one of the best female mathematicians of all time. Local area high school students are invited to participate in the day-long workshop designed and run by the graduate students within the Department of Mathematics and held on the UA Campus. The purposes are to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics, to assist them with the sometimes difficult transitions between middle school and high school mathematics and between high school and college mathematics, to assist the teachers of women mathematics students, and to encourage colleges and universities to develop more extensive cooperation with middle schools and high schools in their area.

There are talks, activities and prizes and the students get hands-on experience with different mathematical fields. Participants also have the opportunity to meet professional women who do math for a living.

Visit to hear 2011's organizers discuss women in mathematics or look at activities we had in last year SK Day at

Who is Sonia Kovalevsky:

Sonia Kovalevsky, born in Moscow, Russia in 1850, was regarded as one of world's best mathematicians in her time. She became the first woman to obtain a doctorate (in the modern sense) in mathematics in 1874 from the University of Gottingen in absentia after writing three papers. In 1888, Sonia won the Prix Bordin, a prestigious prize given by the French Academy of Sciences for her memoir, On the Problem of the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point. In 1889, Sonia was awarded an appointment as lifetime chair in mathematics at Stockholm University and was the first woman member in the Russian Academy. She was also a renowned writer and advocate for women’s rights in the 19th century.


We will like to give special thanks to Association for Women in Mathematics and Department of Mathematics at University of Arizona for sponsoring this event.


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