Sonia Kovalevsky Day

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

Saturday, April 7th 2018, 9am - 3pm


Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration is now closed. Families will be notified of acceptance no later than March 24th, 2018.


The tentative schedule is

9:00am - 9:20am

Registration and Welcome

9:30am - 10:10am

Workshop "The Mathematics of Secrets"

10:20am - 11:00am

Workshop "Is it a Knot or Not?"

11:10am - 11:50am

Workshop "Decoding Patterns of Nature and Art: The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio"

11:50am - 12:20pm

Lunch Discussions

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Individual Competition

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Workshop "The Mathematics of Voting"

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Workshop topic TBD

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Awards Ceremony


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


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.

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.

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.

Shelby Stanhope is a postdoctoral Research Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. and M.S in Mathematics from Colorado State University.

Workshop Leaders

Max Avener is a math instructor at Delaware County Community College and has also taught at Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Penn State University, and University of Washington. Max has enjoyed working with many of Temple's youth math programs, including SK Day, Girls in Math, and Math Circles. When not teaching math Max likes playing music, hiking, and juggling.

Olivia Bayer is a second-year Mathematics with Teaching major at Temple University. She works as a Calculus tutor for the Mathematics department and as a Peer Advisor for the College of Science and Technology Advising department. In addition, she is the Secretary of Temple University's chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association. She is planning to study abroad in Rome the summer of 2018. Outside of her academic interests, she is passionate about photography.

Edgar A. Bering IV studies the intrinsic geometry of symmetries of things. When not working on mathematics, he rides bikes, knits, and enjoys the Philly theater scene.

Sarah Connahan is a undergraduate Applied Mathematics major in her last semester at Temple University. For the past four years, she has been on the executive board of Temple's Association for Women in Mathematics, and this is her second year volunteering for Sonia Kovalevsky Day.

Bridget Donegan earned her Bachelor's of Mathematics and Master's of Education degrees from Temple University, where she helped found Temple's Association of Women in Mathematics. She currently teaches middle school math and science in Philadelphia, and loves kayaking and solving puzzles.

Kelli Jones 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.

Chafika Moussaoui holds two masters of science, has been in education for many years, and she enjoys teaching and spreading knowledge.

Desiree Sawyer is a freshman math major at Temple and enjoys problem solving and puzzles. She also enjoys art and makeup and combining mathematical concepts with art. When she’s not studying, Desiree can be found watching Netflix or makeup tutorials.


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