Sonia Kovalevsky Day

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Saturday, March 16th 2019, 9am - 3pm

The program brings to the main campus 60 to 75 local middle school girls to learn about the field of mathematics and possible career paths. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is about exposure and opportunity, and it epitomizes the principle that equal opportunity to study mathematics yields similar performances of girls and boys. The program focuses on providing middle school women participants with competent and engaging mathematical instruction intertwined with strong mentorship by Temple undergraduate and graduate women students in STEM disciplines who are in a position of scientific leadership at the college level. The long-term goal of the Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day program is to impact the way young women view mathematics as a discipline while strengthening their mathematical skills. Each year the program accomplishes the following:


Registration for 2019 is now closed.

Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Families will be notified of acceptance no later than March 10th, 2019.


The tentative schedule is

9:00am - 9:20am

Registration and Welcome

9:30am - 10:10am

Probability Workshop

10:20am - 11:00am

Tessellations Workshop

11:10am - 11:50am

Origami Workshop

11:50am - 12:20pm

Lunch Discussions

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Individual Competition

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Graph Theory Workshop

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Dominoes Workshop

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Awards Ceremony


The day's activities will be held in rooms 103, 304, and 306 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 105, 402, and 404 of the Tuttleman Learning Center. For more information see the directions tab above.


Brandi Henry is a second year graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Eastern University with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in astronomy. This is her second year helping with the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple, and she has volunteered for several other math outreach programs.

Rose Kaplan-Kelly is a second year graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in mathematics. Last summer she was an instructor for the MathCounts Summer Program at Temple.

Maria Lorenz is co-organizing the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple for the eigth 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.

Beca Lufi is a part-time Instructor in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Temple University with a M.A. in mathematics. She has taught at SK Day at Temple for several years. She is currently involved in several math enrichment activities in the Philadelphia area. She will also be leading a workshop on counting magic crosses.

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.

Workshop Leaders

Max Avener will be leading a workshop on tessellations. They are a math instructor at Temple and has also taught college classes at Delaware County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Penn State University, and the University of Washington. They have enjoyed working with many of Temple's youth math programs including SK Day, Girls in Math, and Math Circles. When Max is not teaching math they like to play music, hike, and juggle.

Edgar A. Bering IV will be co-leading a workshop on dominoes. He studies the intrinsic geometry of symmetries of things. When not working on mathematics, he rides bikes, knits, and enjoys the Philly theater scene.

Bridget Donegan will be leading a workshop on probability. She is a middle school math and science teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She earned both her Bachelor's degree in mathematics and her Master's degree in teaching from Temple University. She enjoys probability, whitewater rafting, and hanging out with her dogs.

Meredith Hegg will be leading a workshop. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Meredith worked as a paralegal in a legal aid clinic and then as a high school math teacher in North Philadelphia. She then further pursued her love of math in graduate school at Temple, completing a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2012 under Yury Grabovsky. From 2012 - 2014 she was a member of the math teaching faculty at Harvard University. After taking a year off when her twins were born, she joined Temple's math teaching faculty in 2015. Her primary interests are in math education, especially teacher education.

Kelli Jones will be leading a workshop on probability. She is an Instructor in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Temple University with a B.B.A., as well as an M.S., 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 being a mother of two amazing children and watching tennis.

Khanh Le will be co-leading a workshop on dominoes. He is a third year graduate student in the Mathematics department at Temple University from Vietnam. Prior to Temple, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University for undergraduate study. He enjoys studying the shape, geometry and symmetry of spaces. When he is not studying math, he likes to play music, play chess and to, occasionally, do some portrait drawing.

Thomas Ng will be co-leading a workshop on graph theory. He is a fifth year graduate student in the mathematics department at Temple University. His research details with studying the symmetries of mathematical objects. Prior to coming to Temple he attended McGill University in Montreal. He is dedicated to teaching. In 2018, he won the College of Science and Technology Outstanding TA award. This is his first year teaching at SK Day.

Kyle Rhoads will be co-leading a workshop on graph theory. He is a second year master's student of mathematics at Temple University. He previously attended Appalachian State University, a small mountain college in his homestate of North Carolina. Math-wise, he likes to study abstract (algebraic) structures. Everything-else-wise, he likes to climb rocks, play music, play games, and help animals. This is his first year teaching at SK Day (and teaching in general!).


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

Event Contacts

You may email the organizers any questions or concerns