Welcome to our Sonya Kovalevsky Day Program for 2016
Thank you to all who have applied. We are accepting applications for 6th grade girls to register for our WAITLIST for November 19th, 2016 Sonya Kovalevsky Day Program. If you are interested in applying to be on the waitlist, please click here. Thank you!
Note: WE WILL HAVE MORE EVENTS IN WINTER 2017 AND WILL ADVERTISE FIRST TO GIRLS ON THE WAITLIST IN NOVEMBER.
Please click here to see pictures from the 2015 event.
Please click here to see photos from our November 2014 event.
What is Sonya Kovalevsky Day?
Sonya Kovalevsky Day is a one-day conference for registered 6th grade girls. The event, held in honor of Sonya Kovalevsky, targets Montgomery County middle school girls for hands-on career awareness activities. Workshops and discussions focus on building and applying science, technology, and math skills among the girls, and nurturing enthusiasm for content in STEM areas. The program is part of the College's commitment to increase the number of women pursuing the sciences and math at the postsecondary level. It is the only program of its type in Montgomery County.
What is the Purpose of the Program?
To inform girls of the many career options that are available to them in mathematics related fields.
To encourage girls to take as many advanced mathematics and science courses as possible while in high school so that they are better prepared to major in mathematics or a related subject in college.
To encourage girls to pursue interests in careers that are still mostly populated by male students.
Who is Sonya Kovalevsky?
Sonya Kovalevsky was the first woman to earn a doctorate in Mathematics. Sonya worked independently attending lectures wherever she was permitted. She earned her degree in 1874 from the University of Gottingen in absentia after writing three dissertations.
In 1888, Sonya won the Prix Bordin, a prestigious prize given by the French Academy of Sciences for her memoir, On the Problem of the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point. In 1889, Sonya was awarded an appointment as lifetime chair in mathematics at Stockholm University and membership in the Russian Academy. However, Sonya was still not offered any teaching positions at Russian universities that she desired nor was she allowed to attend the meetings of the Russian Academy.