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Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day
at Western Oregon University
For high school girls and their teachers

Free! Fun! Lunch and snacks!

Saturday, February 27, 2016
WOU Werner University Center
9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day 2012

Sonia Kovalevsky Day is a program of hands-on workshops and talks for high school girls and their teachers. The purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of women mathematics students.


SK Day 2016 is sponsored by the WOU Mathematics Department and is funded by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at WOU.

WOU Foundation
Events for 2016
9:45 a.m.
Registration: Columbia Room, Werner University Center
10:15 a.m.
10:35 a.m.
Three concurrent hands-on sessions
11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Three concurrent hands-on sessions
12:15 p.m.
12:20 p.m.
Lunch (40 minutes to eat and 20 minutes for "walk around campus")
1:20 p.m.
1:25 p.m.

Three concurrent hands-on sessions & Teacher Resource session

2:15 p.m.

Math Game Fair (lots of prizes!)    

3:25 p.m.
Great GRAND DOOR prizes for both students and teachers!

2016 SK Brochure

Registration deadline: February 15, 2016

2016 registration spreadsheet (please download for group registration)

Past brochures: 2015   2014      2013     2012    2011    2010      2009

Directions to WOU:
Campus maps and directions page
503-838-8465 (WOU Mathematics Department)


Sonia Kovalevsky (Sofia Kovalevskaya) is a famous mathematician and scientist who was born in Moscow in 1850. She displayed an aptitude for mathematics while still a young girl but her interest in formal study was discouraged by her father. She married and moved to Germany to study, but was obliged to be tutored privately since universities would not allow women to attend. She was, however, granted her doctorate, summa cum laude, from Göttingen University in 1874, having completed three papers, one of which was a remarkable contribution to the subject of partial differential equations. Despite her gifts, she was unable to obtain an academic position for many years. She went on to become a respected figure in the European scientific community, lecturing in Stockholm, editing a new journal, organizing international conferences and winning prizes from the French and Swedish Academies of Science for her important work on the study of rigid bodies. She died of influenza in 1891, at the peak of her career, in which she published ten papers in mathematics and mathematical physics and also several literary works.


Special THANKS to the following supporters who have given generous donations for SK Day 2015 and many previous SK Days!

If you would like to make a donation, please call the WOU Math Department (503-838-8465)

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