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:
Below is a sample schedule:
9:00am - 9:20am |
Registration and Welcome |
9:30am - 10:10am |
Fractal Workshop |
10:20am - 11:00am |
Cryptography Workshop |
11:10am - 11:50am |
Jugging & Mathematics Workshop |
12:00pm - 1:00pm |
Lunch Discussions |
1:10pm - 1:50pm |
Mathematics in Art Activity |
2:00 - 2:40pm |
Individual Competition |
2:40pm - 3:00pm |
Closing Activities |
The day's activities will be held in rooms 101, 306, 402, 404, and 406 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.
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.
Rose Kaplan-Kelly is a third year graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in mathematics. This is her second year helping with the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple, and she has instructed for the MathCounts Summer Program at Temple in the past.
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.
Irina Mitrea is a Professor 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.
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 love of teaching. In addition to mathematics, her other passions include being a mother of two amazing children and watching tennis.
Leah Leiner is a first year graduate student at Temple University. She tutored high school and undergraduate students throughout college, and worked at a mathematics summer camp for middle schoolers. She is excited to experience her first Sonia Kovalevsky Day!
Stephanie Lewkiewicz just arrived at Temple as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. During her PhD, she served as a tutor and mentor to many young women studying mathematics at different levels. She is looking forward to her first Sonia Kovalevsky Day this year!
Zhi Li is a fifth year graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. He graduated from Jilin University with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics. His research interests lie in areas of computational neuroscience. He is looking forward to his first Sonia Kovalevsky Day this year!
Bach Nguyen is a Research Assistant Professor with the Mathematics Department at Temple University. His research interests lie in areas of algebra. This is the first time he takes part in the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple University.
Brandis Whitfield is a first year mathematics PhD student at Temple. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and is passionate about sharing mathematics with her community!
Funding and support for this event is provided by the Temple University Department of Mathematics and College of Science and Technology.
You may email the organizers any questions or concerns skday@temple.edu.