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Welcome to our Sonya Kovalevsky Day Program

Sonya Kovalevsky Winter Cohort 2019

Montgomery College’s Sonya Kovalevsky Program seeks to increase girls’ interest, confidence and competence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides participants with innovative learning opportunities while helping them to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.  6th grade girls from Montgomery County middle schools may apply, and twenty-four girls will be accepted to form the 2019 winter cohort. The program is made possible by funding and support from AFCEA-Bethesda, other sponsors, and Montgomery College. There is no fee for participation. The Sonya Kovalevsky Program is part of the College’s ongoing effort to increase the number of women in STEM post-secondary programs of study and careers.

Cohort participants must be able to participate in all three events for the entire time. Lunch is provided for all events.

Cohort Events for 2019:

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (10am - 2pm) Meet and Greet - Meet other cohort participants, have fun with chemistry, robotics, and Python.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 (10am - 2pm) Build and Listen - Have fun with structures and building a radio.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (10am - 2pm) Field trip to KID Museum (transportation will be provided)

Registration is already FULL.  However, we will be keeping a WAITLIST.  When a spot opens up, we will email you.

Please click here to register.

What is Sonya Kovalevsky Day?

skday-2011-1Sonya 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?

  1. skday-2009-2To inform girls of the many career options that are available to them in mathematics related fields.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Past SK Day Programs: 2013 2011 2010 2009

Please enjoy the SK Day Video: Sonya Kovalevsky Day Video 

Please view photos from Past SK Day Events: 

    SK STEM Explorations 2017  Sonya Kovalevsky Day 2016 

    SK STEM Explorations 2016  Sonya Kovalevsky Day 2015 

    SK STEM Explorations 2015  Sonya Kovalevsky Day 2014

    SK STEM Explorations 2014  Sonya Kovalevsky Day 2013

2011 SK Day  
2011 SK Day(2)  

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