Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day


Young women in their junior year of high school


February 17, 2022

8:00AM - 2:15PM

in Memorial Union

Funded by a grant from Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation

Each February, approximately 60 young women in their junior year of high school, along with their mathematics teachers, come to Emporia State University to participate in Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day. The program is a celebration of the students’ accomplishments in mathematics and of Kovalevsky, the first recognized female with a Ph. D. to make significant contributions to the field of mathematics before the 20th century.

All high schools within a 50-mile radius surrounding Emporia are invited to select three young women who have excelled in mathematics in the classroom to attend. The program begins with a first-person narrative of Kovalevsky by an Emporia State theatre student and ends with a reception where participants receive a certificate of recognition. Students attend career speaker presentations and workshops during the day, led by women professionals in mathematics-based occupations.

The Department of Mathematics and Economics at Emporia State University will celebrate 25 years of participation in this program in 2019.

For more information about the program, contact the Department of Mathematics & Economics at Emporia State University at 620-341-5281.