at Western Oregon University
For high school girls and their teachers
Free and fun! Lunch and snacks! Contest Prizes! Door Prizes!
Sonia Kovalevsky Day is a program of hands-on workshops and talks for high school women students and their teachers, both women and men. This year, we will also be having a Math Fair. 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.
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.
Please return completed registration forms to: (available mid-February)
Sonia Kovalevsky Day
Questions? Call the Mathematics Department at 503-838-8465
Special THANKS to the following supporters who have already given generous donations for the 2013 SK Day
Continued thanks to the following supporters for their generous donations for the 2012 and previous SK Days