Sonia Kovalevsky Day

A day of mathematical activities at Temple University for young women in grades 5 through 8.

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 9am - 3pm

Registration

Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Families will be notified of acceptance no later than April 14th, 2017. Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Schedule

The tentative schedule is

9:00am - 9:20am

Registration and Welcome

9:30am - 10:10am

Math Bingo!

10:20am - 11:00am

Gravity and Escape Speed

11:10am - 11:50am

Cheat Your Way Through Life: How to Use Math to Win Every Time

11:50am - 12:20pm

Lunch Discussions

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Individual Competition

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Curves and Cones

1:50pm - 2:30pm

The Handshake Problem

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Awards Ceremony

Directions

The day's activities will be held in rooms 103, 402, and 404 of the Tuttleman Learning Center on Temple's Main Campus.

To use Google or any other service to find directions to Temple, please use the following address:

Tuttleman Learning Center
13th Street and Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Please plan to arrive between 8:45am and 9am and to depart at 3pm. To enter the Tuttleman Learning Center, you should use the south entrance located on 13th Street, which is at building 60 on this campus map.

If you want to drop your child off, there will be student volunteers outside (wearing t-shirts with our SK Day logo) who can escort your children up to the meeting room. If you would like to come up with your child, you will need to park and then walk to the Tuttleman Learning Center. You can try to find street parking or use one of the pay lots on campus.

Information for Participants

What to bring:

Please plan to arrive between 8:45am and 9am and to depart at 3pm. Our activities will all take place in rooms 103, 402, and 404 of the Tuttleman Learning Center. For more information see the directions tab above.

Organizers

Maria Lorenz is co-organizing the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple for the sixth year. She is a Professor of Instruction in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. In addition to being involved in many aspects of Temple's undergraduate mathematics program, she has co-organized several outreach programs including the Temple University Math Circle and the Girls and Mathematics Summer Program.

Irina Mitrea is a Professor and the Department Chair of Mathematics at Temple University. In the last 10 years she has created, organized, and run a number of mathematical outreach activities involving more than 3000 students (graduate, undergraduate, middle school and high school), a significant portion of which were specifically designed to benefit women in mathematics.

Danielle Walsh is co-organizing the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple. She is a graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University.

Workshop Leaders

Beca Lufi graduated from Temple University with a MA in mathematics in 2012. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2006 with a BS in mathematics. Beca continued her studies at Tennessee Tech and received an MS in 2007, and taught for the department the following school year. In 2008, she worked as an actuary for a retirement consulting firm before returning to graduate school in 2009. Beca is now a part-time math instructor at Temple University and a full-time mom to 2 little kids.

Ramya Ailavajhala is a third year PhD student in the Bioengineering department at Temple University. She graduated with her bachelors in Biology in 2012. Currently, she is working in Dr. Nancy Pleshko’s Tissue Imaging Spectroscopy Lab (TISL). One of Ramya’s favorite subject in school was math and she uses numbers everyday in her research. In her free time, she likes to play and watch tennis.

Hussein Awala is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mathematics at Temple University working under the direction of Professor Irina Mitrea. Hussein Graduated with an MS in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut. In the Fall 2012 Hussein joined the Mathematics Department at Temple University. During his time at Temple, Hussein taught a variety of Math courses ranging from introductory to senior level and writing intensive courses. He currently holds the Treasurer position within the Executive board of Temple University Association for Women in Mathematics student chapter. Hussein was awarded the 2015-2016 Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student Award in the Department of Mathematics. Moreover he received a Teaching in Higher Education Certificate from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Temple University.

Fiona Galzarano is an undergraduate math major in the Honors Program at Temple University. In 2015, she was chosen for Temple's Most Promising Mathematics Major Award. In summer of 2015, she completed a research project on fractals at Cornell University, "Analysis on Apollonian Gaskets," which she presented at the Eastern Sectional Conference of the American Mathematics Society. She is vice president of Temple's Association for Women in Mathematics branch. Fiona is a graduating senior, and has accepted a job offer in national cyber security.

Kelli Jones is an Instructor in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Temple University with a B.B.A in Actuarial Science. She worked as an actuary for ten years before realizing her passion for teaching. In addition to mathematics, her other passions include her two children and watching tennis.

Sogol Baharlou is a fourth year PhD student in the Bioengineering department at Temple University. She graduated her bachelor's degree in Biomedical engineering in 2012 and entered graduate school right afterwards. Currently she is working in Dr. Lelkes's lab which is an integrated tissue engineering and regenerative medicine laboratory (with great use of math every day). Sogol was an instructor in the Girls and mathematics program in the summer of 2014. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and reading.

Rebekah Palmer is a first-year PhD student in mathematics at Temple University.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging girls to take up careers in math and promoting equal treatment of women in the mathematics community. Temple's chapter is entirely student-run and mainly focuses on professional development opportunities. This year, their events have varied from a trip to the National Museum of Mathematics to a visit from an NSA recruiter.

Acknowledgements

Funding and support for this event is provided by the Temple University Department of Mathematics and College of Science and Technology.

Event Contacts

Maria Lorenz, Danielle Walsh, Irina Mitrea