Dr. Ortega began organizing Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days as a graduate student at the University of Iowa in 2006. She continues this tradition at Arizona State University West each spring. Young women, their peers, mentors, parents, and friends are invited to the West campus to engage in a day of mathematics activities. Funds for these SK Days come from the Association for Women in Mathematics, the ASU Women & Philanthropy group, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
Sonia Kovalevsky was regarded as one of world's best mathematicians of her time. Her amazing life included several firsts and her stunning achievements include: becoming the first female member of Russian Academy of Sciences and the first modern European woman to attain full professorship; establishing the first significant result in general theory of partial differential equations; winning the Prix Bordin prize; becoming an editor of a prominent mathematics journal in addition to being a gifted writer. Although society, at that time did not allow women to succeed in academia, Sonia Kovalevsky had positive mentors in her life that supported her in pursuit of a career in mathematics.
Many young women do not excel in the sciences due to lack of role models or just because they don’t know that careers in science are open to them! This Sonia Kovalevsky Day is an opportunity to engage your female students in a day of networking, mentoring, and fun! The day will begin at 8:30 am with registration and followed by math-related lectures for the students and a workshop for their teachers. All activities will be held on the West campus of Arizona State University, located near W Thunderbird Rd and N 43rd Ave. Lunch will be provided by the University.