The program brings 30 local middle school girls (5th-8th grades) to Temple University to learn about the field of mathematics and possible career paths. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is about exposure and opportunity, and it epitomizes the principle that equal opportunity to study mathematics yields similar performances of girls and boys. The program focuses on providing middle school women participants with competent and engaging mathematical instruction intertwined with strong mentorship by Temple undergraduate and graduate women students in STEM disciplines who are in a position of scientific leadership at the college level. The long-term goal of the Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day program is to impact the way young women view mathematics as a discipline while strengthening their mathematical skills. Each year the program accomplishes the following:
To register, please refer to this Registration Guide to help you successfully register! In the guide, green boxes indicate where you should click and which questions to answer, and the text boxes provide additional information about how to answer the questions.
Please register here: Sonia Kovalevsky Day 2024 Registration
Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Families will be notified of acceptance no later than March 30, 2024.
The tentative schedule is
10:00am - 10:15am |
Welcome and Introductions |
10:15am - 10:55am |
Workshop on Monty Hall problem by Jackie Lang |
11:00am - 11:40am |
Workshop on Cryptography by Nora Melican |
11:45am - 12:25pm |
Workshop on Map Coloring by Beca Lufi |
12:25pm - 1:00pm |
Lunch Discussions |
1:00pm - 1:45pm |
Activity Time |
1:45pm - 2:00pm |
Closing Remarks |
The day's activities will be held on Temple Main Campus.
Once your student has been accepted into the program, you will be sent event details and what to expect.
What your students will need:
Maria Lorenz is co-organizing the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple for the ninth year. She is a Professor of Instruction in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. In addition to being involved in many aspects of Temple's undergraduate mathematics program, she has co-organized several outreach programs including the Temple University Math Circle and the Girls and Mathematics Summer Program.
Irina Mitrea is a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. In the last 10 years she has created, organized, and run a number of mathematical outreach activities involving more than 3000 students (graduate, undergraduate, middle school and high school), a significant portion of which were specifically designed to benefit women in mathematics.
Beca Lufi is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. Over the past 10 years, she has been involved in several math enrichment activites in the Philadelphia area including Math Circles, SK Day, and MathCounts.
Sophia Blakely is a Graduate Student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University.
Jackie Lang is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Temple University.
Nora Melican is an Undergraduate Student at Temple University.
Funding and support for this event is provided by the Temple University Department of Mathematics and College of Science and Technology.
You may email the organizers any questions or concerns skday@temple.edu.
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