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Mathematics Department

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

Free! Fun! Lunch and snacks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2015! Saturday, February 28, 2015
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 2014, sponsored by the WOU Mathematics Department and is funded by a generous grant from the WOU Foundation was a huge success and we all had a great time!

WOU Foundation
Events for 2014
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!

2015 registration and information brochure posted January 2015

2015 registration spreadsheet

Past brochures: 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 2014!

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

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